Have yourself an electronic Christmas
By JAYNE CANNON and DAVID NOVAK
Remember the good old days, when a handful of plastic Army men and a broomstick horse could make a kid happy for hours? Today, the toys are a bit more complicated but just as much fun. Here are some electronic gifts to bring smiles to the kids on your gift list.
Little ones can work on math and reasoning skills with the Pretend Electronic Cash Register, which comes with play bills and coins, food, a basket, and even a bank card for make-believe spending. A working calculator tracks prices, and the cash register lights and sounds will help keep it real for your tiny merchant. $30, (800)462-3966,
AtGames brings the classic video games of the ‘70s and ‘80s back to your living room with the Atari Flashback Blast! line of products. Each mini console features an HDMI dongle that plugs directly into your TV, a wireless controller and a selection of your favorite games. Who’s up for Missile Command? $20, (310) 286-2222.
The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX lets your little one be part of the smart watch craze at an age-appropriate level. The watch features a camera for photos and videos, plus special effects, a calculator and a calendar. It comes in a variety of bright, fun colors. $55, (888) 280-4331.
Tired of sharing tablet time with your child? Here’s the Fire HD 10 Kids Edition Tablet, a kid-oriented computer that’s not a toy. It includes access to games and educational content. You can even add Netflix, but don’t worry—the tablet has parental controls and a kid-proof case. $160, (888) 280-4331, www.amazon.com.
Finally—a loyal companion for your child (ages 5-10) that doesn’t require feeding or daily walks. Meet Cozmo Robot, a tiny computer that syncs to a phone or tablet, plays games, expresses emotion and evolves as you get to know him. With the included Code Lab, your child can customize Cozmo into a perfect sidekick. Short charge time. $180, (888) 280-4331, www.amazon.com.
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