Tech Toys for Kids


In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2010, Sawyer Rummelhart, 4, holds his mothers iPad showing the game "The Smurf's Village, " at his families home in Gridley, Calif.(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

Maybe the best indicator of a good toy is the look on a child's face.

More and more, technology is popping up in our children's playrooms, and Consumer Reports ShopSmart has picked some of this season's best high-tech toys. And then put them to the ultimate test - having real kids play with them.

This Fisher-Price fortress would be fun for any kid. But adding in an iPad makes it irresistible.

Carol Mangis with Consumer Reports ShopSmart says, "When you put the iPad in, it becomes a whole different game because you're actually playing videogames in conjunction with the fortress, and the whole story ties together. It's just a blast."

The Imaginext Apptivity Fortress is $50.

Classic toys like Barbie have integrated LED technology, bringing her little black dress to a whole new level.

Young designers pick colors and animate their creations. Barbie and her digital dress cost $50.

A kid favorite... the LittleBits kit... a box of magnetized electronic modules that let you build a working circuit.

The LittleBits base kit, at $100, contains a lot of inspiration.

A really good science book becomes a really great interactive science book when you download amazing animations on your smart phone.

At $20, the Interactive Planets 3D from Popar brings the solar system alive.

With a good dose of creativity and imagination, technology can be child's play.

Kids' tablets are also likely to be a popular toy this holiday season. Consumer Reports is in the midst of testing these, and we'll get you the results as soon as they're ready.

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