Toy Insider Senior Editor/Toy Book Deputy Editor James Zahn joined NBC 5 in Chicago to show off the hottest new tech toys for kids to enjoy this spring. For more on the items featured in this segment, check out the product notes below.
LEGO VIDIYO PARTY LLAMA BEATBOX
Open up the world of music video making for kids who love to dance and perform! Download the free app to scan the music minifigure and reveal the llama’s cool stage persona. Then scan the BeatBits to unlock special effects, challenges and more as kids produce their own unique music video, to share with other creators in the kid-safe social feed. The BeatBox folds up with space to store the BeatBits and minifigure so it’s ideal for play on the go. Parents can see kids’ creativity grow as they produce videos packed with musical mash-ups, fun characters, songs, dance moves, and amazing effects.
- Ages: 7+
- Manufacturer: LEGO SYSTEMS
- MSRP: $19.99
SNAP CIRCUITS – GREEN ENERGY
Kids can have fun learning the basics of electronics and alternative energy! Explore clean energy concepts, such as electric cars, windmills, and hand-generated power. Help the environment and have fun learning about alternative power, energy conservation, and how the electricity in your world works. Perfect for environmentalists and future engineers! Includes full-color manual and separate “Think Green” educational manual that explains environmentally-friendly energy including geothermal, hydrogen fuel cells, wind, solar, tidal, hydro, and others. Features more than 125 projects and 45 parts.
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SCIENCE MAGIC ACTIVITY KIT
Kids can be scientists and magicians all at once! This exciting science magic kit has everything you need to conduct 15 experiments that also double as magic tricks. There are enough materials that kids can practice once or twice before they put on a magic show! A magic wand and white gloves are included. Includes everything kids need to conduct 15 science experiments that can also double as magic tricks, including a full-color guide that explains the science behind the magic. A bonus experiment guide with 10 experiments using common household items.
- Ages: 8+
- Manufacturer: BLUE MARBLE
- MSRP: $19.99
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