The unadulterated joy on the faces of your children when they rip the paper off a present; that’s why we go all out for our kids. And inevitably what’s going to get that reaction is something electronic and techie. If you could find a way for wodden blocks to light up and talk, they might elicit a similar response. But for now it’s gotta be a tablet or a ball/DJ machine. The true gems are what we went in search of when we put together this year’s must-have gift list. And we’ve come up with these top toys for kids of all ages.
A combo shape-learning toy, ball and music maker, Playskool's DJ ball is the newest addition to its Rocktivity line of baby-friendly "instruments." This toy rolls around just as you’d expect. Flip it open and infants and toddlers can press the shapes to trigger lights and music — including versions of "Get the Party Started" and "Hey, Ya!" — as well as a turntable.