Looking to put the “Ho! Ho! Ho!” in your holidays? If there are children on your list longing for some of the season’s hottest toys, you’ll want to know what Consumer Reports ShopSmart has to say. It scouted the store shelves, then had its electronics reporter highlight some great choices. Experts looked for toys that would be fun to play with but that would also build skills and that the whole family would want to play together.
One hit — the $13 Techno Source 20Q 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. It won nine out of 10 times.
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, $26.
Play it freestyle or play along to 20 included songs.