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Top 10 tech toys for children Christmas 2013

Xmas presents for children from Teksta Robotic Puppy and Furby Boom to LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

Ok, so you know your child responds to tech toys, but which ones are right for which age group.

Which ones will grow their mind rather than dull it?

And in this day and age, with wi-fi and everything else, can you buy an internet-connected device that comes with parental controls.

We've done the research and below you'll find 10 cool ideas for parents (and grandparents) to set their child out on the right learning and fun track.

Note, prices correct at time of compilation but they can change.

As always, shop around for a bargain.


1. VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball

VTech Crawl and Learn Bright Lights Ball (Orange)

For the very young ones ….. this cute little motorised ball spins on its own and features a turning ladybird key which spins the top disc and activates melodies. There are also light-up shape buttons that introduce colours, shapes and 1-2-3 to stimulate little minds. Age: baby - Price at time of publication - £9.99


2. John Adams Pro Deck Workshop

John Adams Pro Deck Workshop

This handy 5-in-1 workstation toy allows a child to design and create their own mini deck skateboards. Up to 10 mini skateboards can stamped, shaped and customised using ready-made designs or punch out designs form magazines. There is also a handy storage area for accessories. Age: 7 to 16 years. Price at time of publication - £16.79


3. VTech Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera

VTech Kidizoom Twist Plus Camera (Pink)

This digital camera for children boasts a 2-megapixel 180-degrees rotatable camera allowing your child to take pictures or videos of wherever the action is happening. The camera also features stop-frame animation function, 4 times digital zoom, flash, and movie recording.

It has 256 MB of built-in memory, allowing for storage of up to 350 photos or 10 minutes of video, with a Micro SD card. Age: 3 to 8. Price at time of publication - £33.33


4. LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra (Green)

This learning tablet is specially built to be kid-tough, with a 7” hi-res screen and kid-safe Wi-Fi browser. There are special parental settings and tools that allow parental control. It comes with 11 custom apps: Photo Fun Ultra, Art Studio Ultra, Pet Pad Party, Utility Suite, and more. Works with LeapFrog’s library of hundreds of educator-approved apps, games, eBooks, videos and music. Age: 4-9 years. Price at time of publication - £79.99


5. Vtech Challenger Laptop

Vtech Challenger Laptop

A slim laptop with 40 curriculum-based activities that teach English, maths, music, and basic French in fun quiz show-styled gameplay. Features a progressive learning system that cuts study into manageable stages, and an on-screen progress report. The real mouse and QWERTY keyboard help to develop essential early computer skills. Age: 3+. Price at time of publication - £20.49


6. Speck iGuy Kids Protective Rubberised Cover

Speck iGuy Kids Protective Rubberised iPad Cover

This is a neat gift for any child lucky enough to have – or be getting – an iPad. It fits iPad 2, 3 and 4 and is made from flexible but tough foam. It also holds the iPad in place for hands-free viewing even when standing upright. The manufacturer promises a perfect fit with no stretching or air pockets. Age: 4 upwards. Price at time of publication - £18.16


7. Vtech Stack and Discover Animals

Vtech Stack and Discover Animals

This toy will keep babies amused as well as helping them to learn shapes, numbers and colours. You help baby to stack the animals on top of each other so they can learn animal names and their sounds. Includes engaging light–up buttons, 10 melodies and 3 sing-along songs. From six months+ Price at time of publication - £15.20


8. Teksta Robotic Puppy

Teksta Robotic Puppy (Blue)

Teksta is an 8 week old life like robotic puppy that responds to your voice, physical gestures, lights, sounds and even an app on your tablet device. Engineered with state-of-the-art artificial intelligence programming, Teksta will bark, cry, whine, and change his eye patterns in ways to show you how he’s feeling.

  • New Hand Gesture Technology: He can walk, stop, sit, and perform his most spectacular trick of all - a back flip!
  • Emotionally Intelligent: Teksta has a variety of eye expressions to let you know how he is feeling.
  • Sound Recognition: Wags his tail and moves his ears when pleased to see you and walks to you when called.
  • Touch Sensors: Pet the top of Teksta's head to make him happy.
  • App Program: Create more Teksta tricks using the free downloadable app.

 Price at time of publication - £54.99


9. Furby Boom

Furby Boom Sweet Electronic Plush Pink Straight Stripes

Become the proud owner of a new generation Furby this Christmas and a whole new Furby Boom adventure awaits. Download the free app and raise your Furby by caring for it, get virtual eggs and hatch and raise the next generation of  little Furblings ready for your love and attention. Suitable for ages 6 years. Price at time of publication - £64.00


10. Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set

Robo Fish Aquarium Play Set

Become a pet owner without all the responsibility when you purchase this innovative toy.  Drop your Robo Fish into the bowl of water and it will act just like the real thing except that you can remove it from the water, dry to deactivate and choose when it goes for its next swim. Price at time of publication -£24.99


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