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Best Educational Electronic Toys


    Appropriate for: 18 months+

    Kids love music and they love pushing buttons. Lucky for them, the Alphaberry combines these two loves into a pint-sized Blackberry that your toddler will love playing with. In addition to learning letters and hearing them aloud, there are four different songs for kids to bee-bop to as well for a fantastic all-around learning experience.

    Alphaberry PDA, $22.37


    Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case
    Appropriate for: Ages 6 months +

    While this case isn’t a toy, per se, it does house an iPhone that boasts thousands of educational apps and learning activities. The Apptivity case lets young ones explore, touch, tap, (and drool on) the device, yet still keeps it safe and protected. The rattles and baby-toy feel to it makes it all the more appealing to curious tots.

    Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Apptivity Case, $14.97


    VTech InnoTab
    Appropriate for: 4-9 years

    Vtech offers another great kids’ tablet that provides endless entertainment and learning activities. The InnoTab comes with interactive reading, learning games, activities and engaging tools that are operated by the device’s 5-inch touchscreen. Unlike the LeapPad, the InnoTab does not come with a built-in camera, which may explain the price difference, but it does come with an MP3 and video player. 

    Vtech - InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet, $79


    VTech Tote & Go Laptop
    Appropriate for: 3-6 years

    Your preschool or pre-k aged child will love playing with her Tote & Go Laptop. With its 20 learning activities that teach letters, spelling, numbers, shapes and more, the little ones will get a good learning foundation. This laptop also connects to a PC to download additional stories and downloadable cards. 

    Vtech - Tote & Go Laptop with Web Connect, $16.49


    LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
    Appropriate for: 4-9 years

    Tablets have blasted into the marketplace in the past year, and the LeapPad is another great toy from LeapFrog that encourages learning, interactivity and engagement. This tablet provides more than 100 educational books, apps, games and videos covering a host of subjects like math, science and reading. There’s also a built-in camera for pictures and video to display on the 5-inch screen. It comes in a very familiar design (looks a lot like the iPad), so your kids should have no problems tapping and touching their way to better learning.

    LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (Green), $99


    VTech Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook
    Appropriate for: Ages 5-8 years

    Kids will delight in having their very own laptop, just like Mommy and Daddy. Vtech’s advanced version is the next level to the basic, and provides kids with a 4.5” color LCD screen, mouse, touch pad, animations and 120 learning activities that will get them to the head of the class.

    Vtech - Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook, $37.49


    Leapfrog Scribble and Write
    Appropriate for: 3-5 years

    Learning to write the ABCs is such a thrill in a young child’s life. The LeapFrog Scribble and Write toy is a great way for those little hands to practice writing letters. The instruction is sweet, and the audio encouragement helps kids trace the dots and master the alphabet.

    LeapFrog Scribble and Write, $16.99


    My Own Leaptop
    Appropriate for: Ages 2+

    Incorporate a kid-friendly laptop into pretend play while allowing your child to explore the alphabet, pretend play, music, animals and computer literacy with six learning activity stations. This kid-tough device allows parents to personalize play and connect to The LeapFrog Learning Path online to see what their child has been learning. 

    LeapFrog My Own Leaptop, $19.54


    Elmo's World Talking Cell Phone
    Appropriate for: Ages 18 months+

    Toddlers clamoring for your cell phone will love this fun flip phone designed just for them. Pop it open to be greeted by Elmo and watch his eyes open. Switch between the two different modes that help reinforce beginning number skills and a foundation for early literacy by pushing the buttons on the phone.

    Fisher-Price Elmo's World Talking Cell Phone, $13.90


    Fisher Price Laugh 'N Learn Learning Workbench
    Appropriate for: Ages 6 months+

    Young builders can pound and drill their way to learning about the alphabet, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and actions in three different interactive learning modes that bring the workbench to life.  More than 15 sing-along songs, sounds, and phrases engage a toddler's listening skills while they learn cause and effect from the various tools.

    Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Learning Workbench, $20.24


    VTech Bilingual 3-in-1 Smart Wheels
    Appropriate for: Ages 9 months+

    This 3-in-1 product grows as a child does to provide age-appropriate learning activities that are designed to provide exposure to letters and numbers.  The Tummy Time mode features light-up letters, a steering wheel, and horn, while pre-walkers can enjoy Rocker Mode while learning shapes, numbers, letters and colors. Walkers can sit to gain exposure to words during pretend play that engages gross motor skills.

    V Tech - 3 - In - 1 Smart Wheels, $49.99


    Appropriate for: Ages 3+

    Remember Alphie from when you were a kid? This learning robot has been reinvented to be more lifelike, thanks to an LCD screen that shows facial expressions, a friendly voice and a playful personality that entices preschoolers to practice the alphabet, rhyming, counting, color, shapes, animal names, instrument sounds and matching skills. Alphie also has a built-in carrying handle and space to store the 30 included cards on the back of the toy when not in use.

    Playskool Alphie, $35.53


    LeapFrog Tag Reading System
    Appropriate for: Ages 4+

    Tag is a wireless hand held pen-like device that uses an infrared camera to recognize letters, words and symbols to make words talk and pictures sing when the point taps pages in the Tag hardcover books. Interacting with the text makes the book come alive and not only makes reading fun but can also motivate even the most reluctant reader.

    LeapFrog TAG Reading System - Green, $32.89


    Sesame Street Video Games for PC, Wii, DSi
    Appropriate for: Ages 3+

    Preschoolers will have fun learning their ABCs with Elmo and counting with Cookie Monster in two brand-new games from Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment that engage kids through the same Sesame Street approach to learning. In Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, kids head to the zoo with the Big E, Zoe and their animal friends as they explore games based on a variety of literacy skills, including letter identification, letter sounds and word families. In Cookie's Counting Carnival, kids join Cookie Monster and Big Bird at a fun-filled carnival with gameplay steeped in math skills that include number identification, counting, shapes and pattern recognition.

    Sesame Street: Elmo's A-to-Zoo Adventure, $20

    Sesame Street: Cookie's Counting Carnival, $20


    LeapFrog Explorer
    Appropriate for: Ages 4+

    The latest learning gadget from LeapFrog serves as a mobile hub for downloadable Leaplet Learning Apps, which include eBooks, video, games and flash cards featuring favorite characters that can help motivate a child to learn. Games auto-adjust during play according to a child's needs and skills, and add-ons such as a camera can be purchased to add bonus functionality to the device.  Parents can track progress towards achieving learning goals by connecting the Explorer to The LeapFrog Learning Path online. 

    LeapFrog Leapster Explorer Learning Game System (Green), $54.99


    Scrabble Flash Cubes
    Appropriate for: Ages 8+

    Scrabble goes digital and portable with this new version that is like an electronic Word Jumble, where the level of difficulty is set according to the number of SmartLink letter tiles used. Choose 3-5 tiles for game play, and make as many words as possible before time runs out.  The tiles light up when words are made, and beep to tell players to keep going until the time is up. The tiles keep score too, telling you the number of correct words out the total possible.  Kids can play solo or with a friend.

    Scrabble Flash, $23.51


    Appropriate for: Ages 7+

    Remember Simon? Loopz is an updated twist on the same concept, as one or more players use memory and quick thinking to wave hands through the loops in the correct sequence. Embedded motion sensors, lights, music and seven different active games make this game a blast for kids and adults.

    Loopz Game, $29.99


    Rubik's Slide
    Appropriate for: Ages 8+

    The classic Rubik's is no longer a 3-D cube. 30 years after this iconic toy's debut, it has been reinvented in two dimensions and can be played by sliding the top up, down, left, right, clockwise and counterclockwise. Today's kids will love the new generation Rubik's, although they might have to fight the adults in the house for play time.

    Rubik's Slide, $11.99


    Fascinations First Time Clock Puzzle
    Appropriate for: Ages 6+

    Although this toy technically requires no batteries, it still appeals to the young gadget geek. Kiddies curious about how things work will enjoy assembling this spring-powered clock to get a hands-on lesson on gears while practicing spatial skills to follow the color-coded instructions. Perfect for a budding engineer!

    Fascinations First Time Clock Puzzle Clock, $14.21

    Leticia writes about technology for families at Tech Savvy Mama and serves as a family internet safety and security expert for BitDefender. She can also be found on Twitter @TechSavvyMama.