Christmas 2010 brings with it a host of new technological gadgets and toys appropriate for kids. There are interactive videos, games, and tyke sized computers.
The following technological toys and gadgets may be perfect for the kids on your list this Christmas.
Top 5 technological gadgets and toys for the holidays – portable DVD players
Parents and kids alike have rejoiced since the invention of small portable DVD players suitable for travel, but small DVD players have become so popular they are no longer used exclusively for travel. There are so many brands and styles of DVD players to choose from and some of them are targeted specifically to your kids.
Get a beautiful pink Disney Princess portable DVD player for $98.54 from Walmart.com.
Sylvania makes a portable DVD player for older kids in a nice metallic pink. It is available from Walmart.com for $59.98.
Kids ages 5 and up (and probably younger) can easily manipulate and enjoy a tough, kid-friendly portable media player from Leaps and Bounds. This portable player plays Cds and MP3s, taking the kids’ portable media player to the next level. The set includes headphones, a built in mic, and a kid-sized easy-to-use remote control. Available from Leaps and Bounds for $149.95.
Top 5 technological gadgets and toys for the holidays – MP3 players
Some parents go ahead and give their children MP3 players designed for adults and older teens. The problem with these MP3 players is that they are not designed with kids’ optimal use and safety in mind. Buying an MP3 player designed for kids ensures that you get a player with controls your child can easily understand and use, and you are not paying for advanced features that a child would never use. The following are some of the best MP3 players for kids available on the market.
Toys R’ Us carries an exclusive 2GB MP3 player for kids called Riptunes. It retails for $34.99.
Another MP3 player designed specifically with kids in mind is the SweetPea3. It has an easy to carry handle and comes in two colors, pink or blue. It is available from SweetPea Toy Company for $59.95.
Teens will appreciate the new iPod shuffle, and parents will appreciate the price. As the least expensive MP3 player in the Apple line it is easy to operate and dependable. The Apple 512MB iPod Shuffle is available from Apple for $49. It is small, clips on, and comes in a variety of colors.
Top 5 technological gadgets and toys for the holidays – portable electronic reading devices
Adults have Kindle, but the technology of carrying along electronic books is not reserved for adults only. Kids can use electronic books to listen to stories, read along, and complete interactive tasks.
V.Reader is the top of the line electronic reader for kids. The V.Reader is more than just a means to read an electronic book. It brings books to life with pictures, sounds, and interactive learning and reading activities. The V.Reader can be purchased at Target for $54.99. Books are sold separately at an average price of $19.99.
Story Reader is a similar electronic reading device for kids. Story Reader uses familiar stories and characters to entice kids to enjoy listening to their favorite books. There are three different versions of the Story Reader appropriate for different age levels beginning at age 6 months. Story Reader is available from Amazon.com for $43.98.
Top 5 technological gadgets and toys for the holidays – portable game system
One of the most popular technological toys for kids, both boys and girls, is the portable game system. One of the favorites, and your best buy, is the Nintendo DSi handheld gaming system. Advanced editions of the kids’ gaming system are available, but the basic system is available in a variety of colors from hot pink to cobalt blue. Toys R Us carries the Nintendo DSi handheld gaming system for $129.99. Games are sold separately.
Top 5 technological gadgets and toys for the holidays – computers for kids
Until your child is ready for a real desktop or laptop computer there are a number of children’s computers from which to choose. There are computers designed for practically every age and skill level, including computers that can grow with your child by adding new features and memory as your child matures.
Leapfrog is the front-runner in creating imaginative, creative learning computers for children. Leapfrog products are available at Wal-Mart, Target, and Toys R Us in a variety of interests and price ranges. The Little Touch Leappad is created for babies’ learning fun and can be found for $179.97 at Amazon.com.
Leapfrog ClickStart is a keyboard designed for kids that turns your own personal computer into a safe computer learning center for kids. It can be found at Amazon.com for $38.75.