My kids are definitely “digital natives.” My son could work a mousepad before he turned 3 years old. I’m not yet sure whether I’m excited or frightened by this, but it’s a fact: our kids now live and breathe technology. I try to make sure they have a healthy balance of non-gadget stimulation (books! board games! puzzles! bike riding!) but, as a gadget-lover myself, I do indulge in the occasional tech toy for them.
In researching the top toys for this year’s holiday season, I’ve come across several gadgets that I know my kids would enjoy:
Fijit Friends. Fijit Friends are every girl’s best friend – interactive, robotic toys full of personality that talk, dance, laugh and bring a new level of innovation to playtime. Made of soft, tactile skin that enables lifelike movements, girls can poke and squeeze a Fijit Friend for fun surprises. With word recognition capability, Fijit Friends can understand and respond to more than 30 verbal commands, culling from more than 150 built-in phrases and jokes.
LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet. This tablet from LeapFrog is designed to provide children with a fun and exciting learning tool. It is compatible with over 100 cartridge games, apps, digital books, videos and flash cards (sold separately; compatible with all Leapster Explorer games and apps), giving your child a wide array of material to choose from. Includes a built-in camera and video recorder, 5″ touch screen for use with finger or included stylus. The 2GB memory enables the tablet to host a robust suite of apps including innovative book apps that provide a fully interactive, cinematic reading experience with word-by-word support and state-of-the-art gameplay; a Story Studio to combine art, audio and writing; Art, Animation and Photo studios to inspire imaginations. The available curriculum (sold separately) includes reading, mathematics, science, geography, art, music, language and culture, health and more.
Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet. The original Boogie Board tablet that started a revolution. Ultra light (4 oz.) and thin (1/8³). One just isn’t enough. Get one for on the go, in the office and multiple places around the house. Almost anywhere you’d keep memo pads, sticky notes or scrap paper.
Do your kids have tech gadgets on their wishlists?