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Top Toys For 2012 Holiday Shopping

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Top Toys For 2012 Holiday Shopping

Your child has been on his or her best behavior all year, eagerly anticipating the holidays and all of the new toys to unwrap. Read on for gift suggestions to treat your child with the hottest toys of this year's holiday shopping.

Want An Interactive Toy That Entertains?

Interactive toys are perfect for a child with boundless energy. Or, perhaps your child is quieter, and could use a friendly companion. Either way, entertain your little boy or girl with a toy that can keep up with or enhance any energy level.

The new Furby is the perfect example of such a toy. Thanks to advanced digital technology, Hasbro’s Furby 2.0 has sensitive tilt and touch sensors that allow it to be tickled, pet, shook and even virtually fed through an app that is compatible with smartphones and the iPad. Furby also has expressive LED screen eyes that change according to mood, and although it initially speaks Furbish (translations are available in the same app), it can eventually be trained English.

Though some retailers may say Furby is suitable for ages 8 months to 8 years, the actual Furby website recommends the product for ages 5 years and up. Parents, be forewarned: The animated toy lacks an on-and-off switch, only turning off when left unattended or when it goes to sleep, and there is no volume switch to control its high-pitched voice. Furby can become snarky or sassy, depending on how well it is treated, so make sure your child plays nice!

Want An Educational Toy That Promotes Learning?

To continue your child’s education outside of the classroom, go for a toy that is not only fun, but also has scholastic substance. Just as tablets have been rising in popularity for adults, there are favored tablet options for the younger generation as well.

Available in both green and pink, the LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer is the second version to its popular forerunner in 2011. The energy efficient, five-inch color touch screen is fully compatible with a handy stylus. Moreover, the LeapPad2 has the great ability of remembering its user’s progress when using apps, such as reading the eBooks, so the program can automatically adjust to maintain a stimulating and enjoyable pace. 

Functions include:

  • Motion based play
  • Faster processor
  • Five included apps, such as Pet Pad and Cartoon Director
  • Library of more than 325 games, creativity studios, music, videos and Ultra E-Books
  • 4 GB of memory
  • Front-and-back camera and video recorder

The battery-run LeapPad2 Explorer is best for children 3 to 9 years of age. Carrying cases, car adapters, headphones and other accessories are available, but sold separately.

Want Your Child To Play Outside?

It can be difficult to tear your child away from technology without the musical notes of the ice cream truck making their way down the street. But this year, try giving a fun gift that forces your child outdoors and promotes physical activity, but doesn’t involve high dosages of sugar.

New on this year’s toy market, the Razor FlashRider 360 is a surefire way to get both boys and girls off their computers and venturing out into the sunshine. This FlashRider is a child-safe and modern interpretation of the classic three-wheel tricycle. The exciting product drifts and spins on small, dual-inclined caster wheels. Unlike its previous Rip-Rider 360 version, it features the addition of a spark bar lever that generates cool-looking flying sparks when slammed down.

The Razor FlashRider 360 is recommended for ages 6 and older, and riders must weigh less than 161 pounds. The FlashRider is relatively simple to assemble, only taking around 20 minutes. Though the wheels are flat-free tires, the Spark Bar will, in time, require replacement Spark cartridges (one replacement cartridge is included).

Want To Encourage Your Child’s Imagination?

Imagination is one of the most important aspects of a child’s cognitive development. To inspire intellectual growth in your child, encourage healthy participation in the make-believe.

For example, your child can mimic his or her favorite personal chef (whether that is Daddy or Mommy) with the Fisher-Price Servin' Surprises Kitchen & Table. The product comes with pizza, cookies and kitchenware, such as a convertible stove top, removable oven, serving tray, dishware, utensils and cups. But this is no ordinary kitchen play set. A “magical” tray will recognize the specific food being served, with remarks like “Who wants pizza?” The tray might even “sing” a song about manners and cleanup, helping to teach your child about how to be polite. And when the oven and stovetop are removed, the table can be used purely as table for other activities.

The Servin’ Surprises Kitchen & Table is perfect for boys and girls ages 2 to 6. It comes with six AA batteries, but requires straightforward assemblage into a sturdy play set that is suitable for both the indoors and outdoors. Other accessory packs, such as an ice cream set or a deluxe tea seat, are available for purchase separately.

Pick out a toy that you know your child will love, whether it satisfies his or her intellectual curiosity, imagination or just pure boredom. Your child is bound to be overjoyed if unwrapping a present leads to any of the aforementioned top holiday toy picks.

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