Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine scouted store shelves, then had its electronics reporter key in on some great choices.
"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," said Carol Mangis of Consumer Reports ShopSmart.
One hit: the $13 Techno Source 20-Q for kids 6 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.
"We were shocked. It beat us nine out of 10 times!" said Mangis.
The $30 Paper Jamz Pro Mic for kids 8 and up will thrill your budding musician. It even corrects your voice if you sing off-key.
Kids 2 to 6 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 5 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 6 and up. The fast-paced stacking game can challenge the whole family.
Consumer Reports Toy Guide
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