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Dream it. Build it. Drive it. That's the thinking behind Automoblox, imaginative toy car building kits for kids. Think of a car version of Mr. Potato Head with interchangeable parts. Assembling the cars, which fit comfortably in little hands, helps kids develop their problem solving skills, motor skills, and eye-hand coordination. The Automoblox C9 sports coupe shown here comes with 3 blocks, 4 wheels, 2 connections, a roof, and 2 "people," all of which... more
If your child's school doesn't have much of a music program (and private piano lessons are not financially feasible), Fisher Price has a good solution: The I Can Play Piano system. (We like to think of it as the "I Can Start a Ska Band" system.) Designed for kids ages 4-8, I Can Play Piano makes learning the basics as fun as playing video games, with easy-to-follow graphics and a unique musical color-coding system.... more
Ahoy, me hearties! Today be International Talk Like a Pirate Day. But we don't see why it should be limited t' just one day, especially when Halloween be just around t' corner. So we be goin' t' learn some new pirate phrases (or run this entry through an English-to-Pirate translator) and order some swashbucklin' Captain Jack Sparrow costumes for ourselves and t' sprogs, and even one for the dog. Not feelin' pirate-y this... more
The award-winning SmartGlobe will teach your kids a lot more than basic world geography. This interactive "toy" provides 30 different educational activities and multi-player games that teach country capitals, flags, currencies, and national anthems. Once you've mastered those topics, you can download additional content from the Internet. And with lessons geared for 3 age groups (5-8, 9-14, and 15+), everyone in your family can become a knowledgabe globetrotter. More globes.
Help your child learn - and keep him from pounding on your brand-new Macbook - with the Fisher-Price Fun 2 Learn Laptop. Designed for kids ages 3-7, the Laughtop makes learning letters, phonics, and mouse skills fun. Kids can check e-mail, hear music and sounds, enjoy exciting animation on the light-up screen, and discover fun surprises. The Laughtop runs on 3 AA batteries, so you can take it with you anywhere. More fun... more
Just in case Kurt Cobain didn't feel stupid and contagious enough when he was alive, now there's a Kurt Cobain action figure that forever commemorates the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" video. Kurt stands 7" tall, holding his Fender guitar and standing on a gymnasium floor base. We blame Courtney's lawyers. But we guess the Kurt Cobain action figure will look good next to your Jimmy Page and Johnny Cash figures. How long... more
Get your daughter a pair of inline skates she can wear this summer and next. These Barbie inline skates have a unique adjustability mechanism that allows them to grow as her feet grow. Available in sizes 1-4 and 10-13, the lightweight, impact-resistant skates have heavy-duty brake pads, PVC wheels, and a 2-buckle closure system that keeps her feet secure and also makes the skates easy to get in and out of.
The widely-hyped next generation of LEGOs is almost here. The LEGO Mindstorms NXT robot kit comes with everything you need to build a robot out of LEGOs, and then control it from your cell phone. The NXT Intelligent Brick (aka the robot's brain) has Bluetooth, a 32-bit microprocessor, and state-of-the-art ultrasonic, sound, light, and touch sensors, so, unlike your kids, your robot will see, hear, feel, and obey your every command. More robot... more
Cars, the latest Pixar movie, opens June 9th, but a whole slew of movie-related toys - including playsets, board games, radio-controlled cars, birthday party supplies, plush toys, lunchboxes, and more - has already hit stores. Our favorite is the Power Wheels version of Lightning McQueen (left), which has two speeds forward and one speed in reverse. Because it's never too early to teach your kids how to parallel park. Get the Cars video... more
Develop your baby's motor skills and future musical genius with the Leapstages learning piano, a "classical" piano designed for kids ages 6 months and up. There are 3 learning screens so you can choose the level that matches your baby's abilities and interests, progressing from simple sounds and light-up keys to animal names and sing-along and count-along songs. More LeapFrog learning toys.
Superman may not return to movie theaters until the end of June, but Superman Returns toys are already available in stores. In addition to the usual action figures, there are capes and costumes, remote-controlled flying figures, and even a Lois Lane Barbie doll. Shown here are the Punch 'N Crush Gloves, which have special sound effects of real metal-bending noises. Hair gel not included. Get the Superman Returns video game.
There's a big fun-filled world out there for babies to discover. Baby Einstein helps by using music, language, nature, and art in playful ways to entertain and engage little ones. These adorable bath puppets, based on characters from Baby Einstein videos, are durable, non-toxic, and appropriate for ages birth and up. Plus they're cheap, so you can wrap up several for that upcoming baby shower.
We know you've been waiting with bated breath for the latest additions to the Bratz Pack to hit stores. And they're here: Bratz Genie Magic dolls and accessories. The girls with the passion for fashion have hit the bottle, so to speak, and come out at genies. Shown here is the 2-in-1 fortune teller and fashion head that moves and responds to your questions, sort of like a Magic 8 ball. See
Last weekend the prestigious Toy of the Year awards were announced. LeapFrog's FLY pentop computer won Toy of the Year, Educational Toy of the Year, and Most Innovative Toy of the Year. Designed for kids ages 9-14, this computerized pen is loaded with 17 games that teach vocabulary, math, logic, geography, and more. More award winners, including UglyDolls!
From SOTA Toys comes this 7" Johnny Cash "Walk The Line" action figure. Featuring an amazing likeness of the music icon, a detachable guitar, and a detailed base, this limited edition figure is based on Johnny Cash in 1969, when his records were outselling those of the Beatles. Compare prices on Johnny Cash albums.
Hooked on Sudoku? Play anywhere, anytime, with handheld electronic Sudoku. We've got several different versions to choose from, all of which have multiple difficulty levels and grid formations. One even has over 1,000,000 puzzles on level 9. Who knew numbers could be this fun? More handheld electronic games. Compare prices on Sudoku computer games.
It took Leyan Lo only 11.13 seconds to solve the Rubik's Cube puzzle at the recent International Rubik's Cube competition in San Francisco. That's a new world record. One of the most addictive puzzles ever, the Rubik's Cube is enjoying renewed popularity, with new 4"x 4", 5"x5", and mini 2"x2" versions. How fast can you solve it? (Peeling the stickers off doesn't count.)
Teach the children well with these fun new Leapster Arcade games. Kids ages 4-7 can gobble up letters with "Letterpillar" or blast off into a glowing galaxy of numbers with "Number Raiders." For kids ages 6-10, "Rocket Math" and "Word Chasers" provide hours of learning and fun. You don't have to buy the Leapster or L-Max machines; these games work on most televisions. More LeapFrog learning toys.
One of the hot holiday toys for kids this year is the Elmo Knows Your Name doll, which parents can program with their kids' names, favorite foods, and other personal information (all of which comes from the included CD-ROM). We've heard you can hack Elmo to make him say whatever you want. Oh, the possibilities... See all our holiday gift picks for kids.
As featured in the December issue of Wired magazine, this kid-powered ride-on toy doesn't plug in, turn on, or need batteries. It doesn't even have pedals. Set in motion by a child's energy, it uses gravity, centrifugal force, and friction to move. Available in several different colors, the PlasmaCar can hold kids up to 220 pounds on smooth, flat surfaces. More gifts for kids.