Consumer Reports: fun tech toys for kids

(WMC TV) - Consumer Reports ShopSmart's electronics experts played with the latest games and gadgets to find some terrific choices.

One of the big trends this year is toys that interact with apps on your smart phone or
tablet. ShopSmart's editors thought the Monopoly game was a lot more fun with an app.
Monopoly's "Zapped" edition costs $30. You download the app for free.

For kids 7 and older, ShopSmart liked Sifteo Cubes, $130. They are pricey, but
there's no other toy like them. Kids will play with them for hours. First you download the
software to add games to the interactive cubes. Then you shake, flip, tilt, or press the blocks
to play a variety of brainy games including puzzles or math challenges.

If you want everybody off the couch, try Mattel's Loopz Shifter game, $45. Players 7
and older use their best karate-chop-like moves to repeat a pattern.

There are tech toys for creative kids, such as Crayola's Digital Light Designer for
. Budding artists 6 and older can move the wand to draw pictures with LED lights.
They look even cooler in the dark. The toy is magical, but there is one drawback: its
motor is really loud.

SmartLab's $20 DJ Rock Dock lets kids 8 and older build a speaker dock that really
works. Don't expect high fidelity, but your child will love being able to say, "I made it

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