Saturday, December 18, 2010

Digital Toys for Today's Hi-Tech Kids #parents #kids #gifts #Christmas

Need some last minute gift ideas for your little monkeys...check out some of these cool digital toys from the AP gift guide,there's something fun for all ages and all price ranges:

LeapFrog's Leapster Explorer ($70, ages 4-9) skews slightly older with a design that looks like a handheld gaming system. Indeed, it uses games to teach kids reading, match, geography, science and music. The Explorer also has a camera for taking photos and recording video.

For the robot-lover:
As far as toys go, 2010 is the year of robots, with animatronic friends taking the form of everything from astronauts to sanitation trucks.
Fans of this year's "ToyStory 3" will recognize Ultimate Buzz Lightyear ($150, ages 8 and up), the walking, talking astronaut who believes he's crash-landed on a strange planet.
Buzz has more than 100 sayings and is fluent in both English and Spanish. He responds to a handful of phrases, including his own catchphrase "To infinity and beyond!" Buzz can also shoot "lasers" from his arms and change his behavior when you repeat the phrase, "You're a toy." It comes with a remote control with a 20-foot range.
  • Designed for younger children, Matchbox's Stinky the Garbage Truck ($60, ages 3 and up) can stand on his hind wheels as well as sing and talk with the help of more than 90 built-in phrases. Kids can do things such as touch his head to make him shake it from side to side. Sometimes, he'll even demand food.
Stocking stuffers and extras:
Innovation First Inc.'s Hexbug Nano's ($8 each, ages 3 and up) make for cute, inexpensive gifts. These robotic bugs come in an assortment of colors and can fit inside a child's hand.

They move using vibrating technology, flipping onto their backs by themselves and finding their way through optional "habitats," or holding pens that include raceways and bridges (starting at $13, sold separately). Kids can register individual bugs online to unlock games.

MechRC's Dave the Funky Monkey ($30, ages 3 and up) is one of the most adorable robots around, and it costs just a fraction of what many others do. Available only at Toys R Us, this small, furry puppet is meant to be worn on, say, a shoulder or a backpack and is controlled by a remote control designed to be hidden inside a pocket.

He chatters and flails using 16 pre-programmed actions and sounds, and his eyes move. The designers also made other body parts interactive but won't say what they are, as they hope kids will discover them through play.

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