Great American Toy Test, Educational Toys

By: Ryan Duffy
By: Ryan Duffy

November 22, 2005
Just in time for Christmas, News 12 and the Great American Toy Test asked kids in 64 cities nationwide to test thousands of the newest toys. The kids tell News 12 which of the educational toys they liked best.

In this year’s Great American Toy Test, education toys continued to score well enough to win several spots in this year’s top finishing fabulous fourteen.

“It’s interesting to see just what different toys they like,” said Kelly Hoffman, teacher.

V-Tech’s V.Smile Pocket is a go anywhere portable high resolution video learning system, but it can also be directly connected to your TV. Here’s where video game mania meets learning skills. It plays all of the more twenty V.Smile Smartridges! that contain exciting games teach school skills that ranging from spelling and math to science and music. Video game fun meets school skills.

The V.Smile Pocket is ninety dollars for kids five and up, from V-Tech.

“I though it was a good toy for the kids because it was fun and educational,” said Traci Hutson, teacher and mom.

From Fisher-Price, the Read With Me DVD animated interactive learning system is complete with a wireless, child-friendly remote. This amazing toy a love of reading through story comprehension and vocabulary. At significant moments in the story, children are encouraged to stay and play on the page where they can learn the meaning of new words. They can also respond to questions about the characters and key story elements. It comes with an interactive DVD called “Where The Wild Things Are.” The Fisher-Price Read with Me DVD is just $35 for children ages 3-7.

Rounding out this year’s top education toys, the Leapfrog Leapster L-Max. It’s totally portable but can also be plugged in to your TV for dual screen learning action. Your child can interact with the handheld screen and see the learning unfold on the TV screen. Kids ages 4-10 learn to write letters on their handheld screen. Then, those letters appear on the TV, starring in an animated story that teaches math, reading, spelling, science, writing, art, music and logic. The Leapfrog Learning L-Max is $100 for kids 4-10.


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