Terrific Toys

If there are children on your list longing for some of the season's hottest toys, Consumer Reports' ShopSmart found plenty that are sure to please.

Want to get a toy that will thrill your kids for more than 20 minutes? Consumer Reports ShopSmart Magazine scouted the store shelves, then had its electronics reporter key in on some great choices.

Carol Mangis of Consumer Reports says, "We were looking for toys that would be fun to play but that would also build skills and that the whole family would want to play together."

One hit-the $13 Techno Source 20-Q for kids six and up.

It's an electronic-take on the old-fashioned 20 questions game.

If it guesses your object in 20 or fewer questions, it wins. If not, you do.

The $30 Paper Jamz Pro Mic, for kids eight and up, will thrill your budding musician.

It even corrects your voice if you sing off-key.

Kids two to six can jam with B Toys' Meowsic Music Keyboard and Microphone for $26. Play it freestyle or play along to 20 included songs.

And mini-moviemakers five and up will love the Hot Wheels Video Racer. It's a little more expensive at $60, but the built-in camera records Hot Wheel action, or the car straps onto a helmet for an action cam!

Or you can go low-tech with the $20 Tetris Link, for kids six and up. The fast stacking game can challenge the whole family.

Consumer Reports ShopSmart says another cool toy is the Wild Planet's Ultimate Night Vision Goggles for kids eight and up. The goggles use infrared technology and let you see in the dark.

They cost $50.

And when it comes to powering up your favorite toys, Consumer Reports suggests rechargeable batteries, which give you the most bang for your buck.

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