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Our Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht showed NBC Chicago’s Art Norman the best hi-tech toys that will delight kids and adults, too. Click here to check out the whole video!


Tiggly Shapes (Tiggly)

  • Tiggly Shapes is a great iPad learning toy for toddlers.
  • TigglyDesigned by world-class educators, this set contains four geometric shapes (square, circle, triangle, star) that interact with an iPad’s learning apps.
  • Develops spatial thinking, motor skills, creativity, and language development.
  • Comes with three free apps that feature eight different languages and a bilingual mode that allows kids to learn two languages at the same time.
  • Tough enough for toddler play, but gentle enough for iPad screens.
  • Ages: 18 mos+
  • MSRP: $29.95

Tomy.PokemonTrainerGlovesPokemon Trainer Gloves (Tomy)

  • Kids can “Catch Em All” and become a real Pokemon trainer with Ash’s gloves.
  • These motion-activated gloves make four different sound effects when kids pretend to throw a Poke Ball or make other battle movements.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: $16.99



Elektrokidz (WowWee)

  • This music-inspired figurines’ hair dances to the beat of the music you’re listening to!
  • There are six unique Elektrokidz in six finishes, including matte black, shiny gold and silver, and more.
  • Each has its own special hair movement that dances to the beat and no two Elektrokidz dance the same way.
  • Kids can collect them all.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $19.99

Silverlit.HeliBeastHeli Beast (Silverlit)

  • This 8-inch long R/C includes beast gear for realistic walking action and a special propeller system for soaring into the air.
  • Kids can launch the Heli into the air for a smooth flying experience.
  • Features 2 channel radio control and it’s easy to recharge.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $50

hexbug.xlstrandbeast_blueHexbug XL Strandbeast (Innovation First)

  • This R/C robot walks with eight legs in a smooth, gliding motion in controlled forward, backward, and turning motions.
  • Walks in a smooth, gliding motion.
  • 50 percent bigger than the original Strandbeast.
  • Available in two translucent colors: blue and green.
  • Kids can operate the bot in three speeds: slow, medium, and fast.
  • Ages: 8+
  • $39.99

ThamesandKosmos.BubbleBlowerBubble Blower (Thames and Kosmos)

  • Kids can build a bubble-blowing machine that automatically blows a stream of soap bubbles in different sizes.
  • While building, kids will learn about electric motors and fans, and how bubbles are made.
  • This educational toy is also a great outdoor toy.



Carrera RC Turnator (Carrera)

  • Kids can perform awesome tricks and flip action stunts with this R/C that reaches speeds of 13 mph.
  • Features differential steering for precision 360 all-around steering.
  • Ages: 6+
  • MSRP: $119.99


InteractiveToy.HeliQuadBladeRunner HeliQuad 2.4 (Interactive Toy Company)

  • Kids can fly this R/C indoors and outdoors.
  • The R/C features four-channel flight and 2.4 Ghz frequency for faster control response and further flying radius.
  • Perform awesome flips, stunts, and tricks.
  • Ages: 12+
  • MSRP: $69.99