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Children

The Hot Wheels Apptivity sees users steering their special cars around the screen, where t...

It can sometimes be hard enough to get your child off your iPad while you check your email, and toy manufacturers aren't making it any easier on tablet-owning parents with their focus on our touch-screens. Not long ago, we saw the iTikes range from Little Tikes. Now, Mattel has released Apptivity Play toys – plastic figures which can be used to interact with game apps on the iPad and unlock extra content.  Read More

The child-friendly LeapPad 2 sports two cameras and comes bundled with five apps

Educational toy maker LeapFrog has released the successor to its child-friendly LeapPad and LeapPad Explorer tablets: the LeapPad 2. While the overall design of the tablet looks very similar to its predecessors, the LeapPad 2 sports some internal hardware upgrades, an improved high-resolution front camera, and an all-new rear camera - each of which can also capture video.  Read More

After being logged in to the Maily app, children use a pop-up menu to navigate its various...

At what age should a child have an email address of their own? It's a difficult question to answer ... sure it would be nice for kids to be able to send Gran a picture they've drawn, but would they know not to trust that Nigerian prince and his offers of riches? Well, Maily might be the solution. It's an iPad app which gives children from the age of four a simple and secure email account which is managed and monitored by their parents.  Read More

VTech's InnoTab 2 tablet for kids

We've seen several products which turn your touchscreen devices into children's toys, from the iTikes range to the SmartPet toy dog ... but what if you don't want to encourage your little one to play with your iPad? VTech is about to release the InnoTab 2, its latest tablet computer for kids, which features a five-inch touchscreen, camera, video and MP3 players … but is that enough to keep little fingers off your iPad?  Read More

The iTikes toys include a keyboard, map, microscope, and an art canvas

Any parent knows that irrespective of what engaging and exciting toys you buy for your children, they will always be more interested in your mobile phone or tablet computer. It's an inescapable fact of modern day parenting. With this in mind, toy firm Little Tikes has revealed a range of iPhone-friendly toys which can connect with your iOS devices.  Read More

The ChildMinder Infant-Toddler Elite Pad System is designed to keep parents from forgettin...

Hard though it may be for most of us to believe, it is possible for parents to forget that they’re driving with a baby in the car. If they subsequently leave the infant locked in a very hot or cold parked vehicle for several hours, the results can be deadly. That’s why Baby Alert International is offering the ChildMinder Infant-Toddler Elite Pad System – it’s a setup that notifies absent-minded parents if they try walking away from their car, sans baby.  Read More

Using accelerometers the Tilt of Light seesaw can show users how their movement would impa...

If you're anything like us, you probably spent many an hour in your younger days bouncing up and down on a seesaw (or teeter-totter or teeter board, depending on where you grew up. And, even now, you might fight the desire to relive your childhood and jump on one as you walk past a playground. But Melbourne-based design group ENESS has created a seesaw, which comes complete with hundreds of LEDs and a physics engine to explore the forces at work on the familiar playground staple, that might just prove too difficult to resist.  Read More

SmartPet recently impressed judges at the 2012 Tokyo Toy Show, where it scooped the innova...

It's said that dogs are man's best friend, but in recent years it feels like pooches have lost this role to ever-present and reliable smartphones. So, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that someone has combined the two. The SmartPet is a toy which, with the addition of your iPhone, becomes a cartoon-faced pet dog robot.  Read More

Toyota believes the Camatte could spread the joy of car ownership to a younger generation

The latest Toyota concept isn't debuting at the Tokyo Motor Show; it's debuting at the International Tokyo Toy Show. Without the benefit of a background reference, the Camatte concept looks like it could be a new subcompact car. In a way, it is, but it's not designed for the average commuter. It's a working car designed for kids.  Read More

The solar-powered Son-X Octavia attaches to any swing and gives audio cues to encourage ki...

It's hard to believe how many classic children's toys are getting modern makeovers these days - from the Etch A Sketch to toy helicopters to footballs - and now it looks like even the playground swing set is getting a slight upgrade with the Son-X Octavia. When attached to any swing, the Son-X will play different sound bites depending on how high or long a child swings, encouraging them to go higher.  Read More

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