High-Tech Toys for Tots
It's hard to miss them in toy stores. They talk, blink, whistle, light up, and practically sing and dance by themselves. No, we're not talking about computer and video games for big kids, but toys for the very tiniest youngsters. Good old stuffed animals have become "interactive plush toys" that move and talk back. Keyboards play music by themselves, or prompt babies with flashing lights. Activity boards that used to simply rely on babies' hands to move levers, turn dials, and ring bells now have "modes" for emitting voices, lively melodies or bedtime lullabies. Even that old standard, nesting boxes, may now have an electronic base that makes animal sounds and states their corresponding names.
Cat Toys: When the Thrill is Gone
Pet stores don't sell dangling cable wires in their cat toy sections. But if they did, it may just be the next bestseller. The long cable that suddenly appeared from Jennifer Moore's apartment rooftop was all it took to keep her cat up every night for a week. "She seemed to be mostly staring, almost poised to pounce, but she also tried to bat it through the closed window,' said Moore of her 5-year-old tabby cat Sari. "I hadn't seen her so excited about a 'toy' in a long time.'
Programs brighten Christmas for kids
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High-tech, low-price toys top this year's list
NEW YORK - This year's hot holiday toys are high-tech - and low-price.