Top Tech Gifts for Kids

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Top Tech Gifts for Kids
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Technology has become such an integral part of our lives that it's no surprise to find that kids also want in on the fun. Fortunately, many of today's toymakers use technology in ways that are fun, safe, and educational for children of all ages.

LeapPad Ultra
LeapFrog

LeapPad Ultra

If you can’t keep your toddler away from your iPad, check out the LeapPad Ultra, LeapFrog’s child-safe tablet. Designed for kids ages 4 to 9, the Wi-Fi-enabled tablet is capable of downloading apps directly from the LeapFrog App Center as well as playing games via cartridge. It also has a safe online browser which restricts access to content personally vetted by the LeapFrog Team.

Price - $149.99

LeapFrog: LeapPad Ultra

Sphero 2.0
Sphero

Sphero 2.0

Whether you’re 9, 19, or 90, one thing remains true -- robots are awesome. The Sphero 2.0 is a glowing robotic ball that you control using your iOS or Android smartphone. As you complete challenges, the ball levels up, unlocking higher speeds and new LED colors. Fun for both kids and parents, Sphero 2.0 is compatible with a growing number of apps -- more than 25 at the time of publication -- and includes two ramps, so you can build obstacle courses right out of the box.

Price - $129.99

Sphero: Sphero 2.0

Kindle Fire HD
Amazon

Kindle Fire HD

If a fully-featured tablet tops your child’s wish list, consider the Kindle Fire HD. This 7-inch tablet offers a high-definition display at an affordable, entry-level price, with access to thousands of popular apps and games and integrated social networking features. You can control the way your kids use the tablet through Kindle FreeTime, which allows you to limit the amount of time spent on different activities (such as games or movies), turn off location-based services, and limit what books, apps and videos are accessible.

Price - $139.00-$184.00

Amazon: Kindle Fire HD

Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Creativity Pack
Crayola

Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Creativity Pack

Unleash your child’s creativity -- without worrying about crayon on your walls or paint in your carpet -- with Crayola DigiTools. The package includes four drawing tools (a 3D stylus, digital crayon, digital airbrush and digital stamper), along with 3D glasses and a carrying case, all meant to be used in conjunction with the DigiTools apps on your iPad. From coloring to stamping to free-form drawing, the three compatible apps offer plenty of options for your little artist.

Price - $20.99

Amazon: Crayola DigiTools Deluxe Creativity Pack

Nintendo 3DS XL
Nintendo

Nintendo 3DS XL

Game systems are always a favorite among both young children and teens, and Nintendo’s popular handheld is sure to please. The 3DS XL features a 90 percent larger screen than the original 3DS and is available in a variety of colors and designs. The system features high resolution graphics with a unique 3D effect along with the ability to take 3D photos, download hundreds of new and classic games from the Nintendo eShop and stream movies and TV shows from Netflix.

Price - $199.99

GameStop: Nintendo 3DS XL

VTech KidiZoom Camera
VTech

VTech KidiZoom Camera

Let your child show you the world through her eyes with the VTech KidiZoom digital camera. Made especially for children ages 3 to 8, the KidiZoom features a rugged, colorful construction with large, easy-to-use buttons. Kids can view their photos and videos on the bright LCD screen, and you can connect the camera to your computer via USB to save them for later viewing. Kids can also play three games and add colorful effects to their photos and videos using the camera’s built-in software.

Price - $39.99

VTech: KidiZoom Camera

Boogie Board Sync
Boogie Board

Boogie Board Sync

From your tween’s class notes to your toddler’s scribbled drawings, the Boogie Board Sync is a versatile pressure-sensitive writing tablet that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The lightweight 9.5-inch tablet can store hundreds of pages of notes, stories and drawings, which can later be exported to your computer, smartphone, or tablet via Bluetooth. With an impact-resistant frame and a durable, scratch- and shatter-resistant display, it’s safe even in the hands of a toddler. The Boogie Board Sync is available for preorder and should launch by Christmas 2013.

Boogie Board: Boogie Board Sync

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Puppy
Fisher Price

Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Puppy

The iPhone can be a great learning tool for babies, but many parents are understandably leery about the idea of putting such a delicate, expensive device in their tiny hands. Instead, slip the phone into the snuggly body of the Laugh & Learn Apptivity Puppy, where a clear film protects your screen from drool and sticky fingers. Load the accompanying app and babies can play along by touching the screen or squeezing the puppy’s paws.

Price - $30.00

Fisher Price: Laugh & Learn Apptivity Puppy

Laser Maze
ThinkFun

Laser Maze

Designed for ages 8 to adult, Laser Maze is a single-player logic game that features a real laser. Players begin by choosing from one of sixty challenge cards, which range from beginner to expert. The goal is to arrange the tokens on the board as directed by the card, and use them to split and reflect the laser beam until the target lights up. Puzzle fans will find the game both fun and educational.

Price - $29.99

ThinkFun: Laser Maze

LittleBits Base Kit
LittleBits

LittleBits Base Kit

Satisfy budding engineers with the LittleBits Base Kit, a set of color-coded modules that snap together magnetically to create more than 150,000 circuit combinations. The Base Kit includes a DC motor, buzzer, light sensor, bargraph, dimmer, button, power switch, bright LED, and wires, along with the accessories needed to help turn this collection of items into working circuits. Children 8 and up will learn while they create. With additional modules available for purchase, the possibilities are endless.

Price - $99.00

LittleBits: Base Kit

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