Top new toys for your little genius

Time magazine’s editors picked the top 15 smart toys from this year’s 2011 Toy Fair in New York City.

Click here to see the complete list.

Here were some of the ones I thought my kids would like the most:

  • Thames & Kosmos Global Water Quality Kit – Anytime science is involved my kids are in. I think they would love testing water for chemicals and impurities.
  • Hot Wheels Video Racer – This is very cool. One car has a camera in it and films as the kids race the cars on the track. Later you can download the footage for your own little movie.
  • Quadrilla Melody Basic Set – We love marble runs and this is a marble run that makes music when the balls pass through. All three of my kids have played with our marble run and they each play with it differently. A plain one is well worth the money. I’m not sure if I would pay extra for it to make music.
  • Perplexus – I think my kids would love the 3D ball labyrinth.
  • LeapPad Explorer – This is basically a kid’s version of the iPad to in theory get them off of yours. Overall we like LeapPad products.
  • Hexbugs – These are already out at Target I believe – maybe it is an earlier incarnation. I bought some for a friend of Walsh last week and the third-grader loved them. The kids can log on and learn about real bugs with a code so that is neat.
  • Uncle Milton Ant Farm Revolution – The coolest ant farm you have ever seen. Please click on the link and see the photo of it. It’s not like Dad’s aunt farm made of sand. It’s green ooze that they tunnel through. Very cool.

Time has other toy list breakdowns as well:

Top Tech toys

Top 100 Greatest Toys ever by the decade

What do you think of all 15 toys? Which ones would your kids like best? What did you think of Time’s other lists? Did you see any tech toys you loved?

43 comments Add your comment

Techmom

February 23rd, 2011
1:04 pm

Perplexus looks like something I need to keep in my office (conference calls get boring and I’m easily distracted but I have to think that is a better, less intrusive distraction than reading and commenting on this blog!)

The Quadrilla marble set actually looks really cool. $80 seems a bit steep though I suppose the wooden blocks (vs. plastic tracks) cost a little more and are necessary for the sounds. Looks like a toy that will last forever, assuming you can keep track of all the parts.

The Hexbugs looks neat and I like the cost. Can you connect multiple sets for a bigger habitats?

Kind of sad that my boy is too old for these kinds of toys anymore. That $80 marble set is cheaper than a car!

Photius

February 23rd, 2011
1:10 pm

How about a baseball mit, a bat and a ball? Nerf Football? Soccer ball? Basketball? Roller Skates? Tennis Racquet?

Toys are fine but give your kid some sports supplies and allow them to have fun outside.

shaggy

February 23rd, 2011
1:15 pm

Heck with the kid. I’m getting one of those ant farms for myself.

Techmom

February 23rd, 2011
1:42 pm

Photius & shaggy – you guys were missed on the previous topic!

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Photius

February 23rd, 2011
1:56 pm

Nope, no way – sorry…. no way on the previous subject!!! There are some men that just don’t want to talk about Aunt Flo when she comes to town… I’m one of them! HA

JOD

February 23rd, 2011
2:29 pm

The ant farm is awesome!

jarvis

February 23rd, 2011
2:51 pm

How does the orignial Nintendo NES not make the greatest toys of the 1980’s list?

shaggy

February 23rd, 2011
3:20 pm

Techmom,

I…well…uhhhh…ummm…uhhh…what Photius said.

Techmom

February 23rd, 2011
4:07 pm

Actually this morning’s topic I didn’t care so much about (though iRun did make me laugh) but the one from yesterday afternoon would have been a better morning topic. It seems like these afternoon posts don’t get as much response.

jarvis

February 23rd, 2011
4:20 pm

Yesterday afternoon’s was a few days old though after Theresa got back from her time away.

Old Sandra but with a new carpet

February 23rd, 2011
5:40 pm

We now try not to buy toys with lots of parts for our kids as bits and pieces alway manage to become lost. I keep finding the scrabble letter tiles all over the house, if we put the two monopoly games together we might have a complete game, I think we have most of the trivial pursuit game and I doubt that many of the kids’ dvds or games are in their correct boxes. So for us the perplexus looks good as there doesn’t seem to be anything to lose, swallow, stick in the ear or flush down the loo. It also doesn’t look like it needs sixteen thousand batteries to work or to be charged for hours on end.

jarvis

February 24th, 2011
12:31 am

Does the new carpet match the drapes?

Old Sandra but with a new carpet

February 24th, 2011
5:39 am

jarvis,

No but it coordinates with the new wall paint. :-))

Tina

February 24th, 2011
7:10 am

The TickleMe Plant Party Favor was a big hit at my daughters Birthday Party.
http;//www.ticklemeplant.com In it you can grow the only house plant that suddenly closes its leaves one by one or all at once when Tickled! Have you tickled your plant today?

karma

February 24th, 2011
8:01 am

#1 Your kids are not geniuses #2 Even if they were, no kid should want to analyze water.

theresa

February 24th, 2011
9:19 am

guys I spent last night throwig up. Maybe flu despite shot. Will post as soonas I can. Curently sick in ed. Sorry.

jarvis

February 24th, 2011
9:23 am

For your sake I hope it’s just the 24 hour bug that has been kicking around.

JATL

February 24th, 2011
1:33 pm

I’m digging the ant farm! My oldest has been talking about them, and I would love to get this for his birthday, but it doesn’t seem to be available yet.

Wayne

February 24th, 2011
2:03 pm

It’s probably better for me to say what we DON’T have on this list, but I can tell you we have a huge Quadrilla marble run that we got off eBay, several Hexbugs with the track or whatever ya call it that does snap together, and a Perplexus. The oldest likes the Perplexus but for some reason likes to take it in the car and bother me about how the ball falls off the track while I’m driving. Captain Obvious kicks in, and has to restrain himself from stating, well, the obvious. Thank goodness he doesn’t take it now, during Pothole Season.

And for the record, I saw yesterday’s (or was it the day before) topic and I’m with Shaggy and Photius. And extremely glad I have two boys.

motherjanegoose

February 24th, 2011
2:13 pm

TWG…I am so sorry you are sick. Hope you have Gatorade and Sprite. I am heading to Lilburn tomorrow and if you need me to drop something off on your door step, I will be glad to help. I do not know where you live and you may not want me to…LOL.

I sent those items, along with crackers and pretzels in a SICK care package for both of mine kids to college. Son’s room mates raided it when they were STARVING and he called deathly ill. I was in Idaho. I reminded him of the care package and told him to call the Pharmacist he worked with and beg for supplies to be dropped off. WE always have those supplies on hand around here.

Tina

February 24th, 2011
2:53 pm

MJG – gatorade??? That alone would make me sicker. Ginger Ale is what she needs.

JATL

February 24th, 2011
3:00 pm

My mother always pushed Gatorade when I was sick! However, because of that, I cannot stomach regular Gatorade or orange-flavored Gatorade. The smell alone puts me in stomach-virus mode! Ginger ale does the same thing -unless it is heavily laced with bourbon.

jarvis

February 24th, 2011
3:23 pm

Wait a second! They make bourbonless Ginger Ale?

Irwin Mainway

February 24th, 2011
3:36 pm

My favorite was Bag O Glass

Rectal Bleeding

February 24th, 2011
3:39 pm

Can we stay on topic? I got scolded once for not staying on topic and you hose bags are not staying on topic.

All toys should encourage movement and exercise.

motherjanegoose

February 24th, 2011
5:09 pm

@ rectal…this blog had been up for 24 hours with 19 posts before mine…not a lot of heavy traffic IMHO. If anyone else wants to vote for strictly staying on this topic…please present your case :0

Re: Gatorade…I was always told the electrolytes ( sp) were helpful when you were dehydrated from perhaps nauseous. Looks like it is good for hangovers too…I do not know this since I have never had one but thought I would share:

http://www.nerdfitness.com/blog/2009/02/03/what-the-eff-is-an-electrolyte-is-gatorade-the-real-deal/

I CANNOT take Pepto Bismol as I was very ill during my childhood and my Mother forced this on me only to be spewed out in 30 minutes…EEEWWW after 40 years!

FCM

February 24th, 2011
5:13 pm

I paid $3 for 2 Hoola Hoops and a big bottle of bubbles (Dollar Store). Kids played with them for about 4 hours on Saturday alone. They run out and play with them each night.

” It’s not like Dad’s aunt farm made of sand” ROFL….did anyone catch that? Yes, I can be Queen Typo but it still made me laugh to think of a bunch of old aunts sitting on sand like they were displayed at the zoo!

FCM

February 24th, 2011
5:22 pm

@MJG–recently when I was unable to hold anything in/down the doctor told me to avoid gatorade and soda…to do no more than once a day…because you do need the sugar in it if you cannot hold anything in/down. He said he advises aginst more than that because the other stuff in Gatorade (and the acids in soda) can make you worse or prolong the illness due trying to digest that stuff when you need the strength for other stuff.

Believe it or not he suggest tap water. He said that water keeps you hyrdated but is easier on the stomach.

All that said, I lived on Red Gatorade when I was pregnant with 2nd child. I had one 20oz bottle every morning and didn’t dare eat before I got that bottle down.

Old Sandra but with a new carpet

February 24th, 2011
5:38 pm

Vick’s …. not as a toy but for illness. I personally don’t think it would make a very good toy. :-)

motherjanegoose

February 24th, 2011
6:02 pm

@ FCM…wow…I do not know. That is interesting.
I rarely get a stomach virus. I think it has been 8 years or so.
I typically get strep ( sp) throat or laryngitis ( sp) which I had a few weeks ago…not fun for me.

shaggy

February 25th, 2011
6:31 am

Hangover cure = Bloody Mary made with V-8. Works every time.

motherjanegoose

February 25th, 2011
7:51 am

@ shaggy…since we are way off topic….re: V8

We rode to a basketball game at UGA in the back seat of my husband’s car. Son in the front and my sister and I in the back. Someone cut in front of my husband and he slammed on the breaks.

My sister and I felt a BAM in our back, from the trunk. She says, ” WHAT was that?”
I laughed and said, ” I could have had a V8.” WHAT?

He has a case of V8 in the trunk that he takes one out of every day and drinks in the car. He does not like many veggies and this is how he gets his veggie. The box shifted and slammed into our backs during the quick stop and it reminded me of the commercial with the pop on the side of the head and them saying I COULD HAVE HAD A V8.

Maybe you had to have been there to get it…anyone?

Hope TWG gets better soon.

shaggy

February 25th, 2011
8:21 am

I will try this again…
MJG,

I am convinced that you could survive well on V-8, tuna fish, and pistachios.

Of course, shaggy would require: St0li’s or Gr^y Goose, cubed ice, pepper, worchester Sauce, Tabasco (Spicy V-8 makes Tabasco a non-essential) and organic celery stalks.

shaggy is headed to the fridge to see if he can “survive” today…..

shaggy

February 25th, 2011
8:23 am

MJG,

I tried to comment, but after 3 evaporated, I am giving up. No, they weren’t vulgar.

Techmom

February 25th, 2011
9:16 am

I’m still surprised no new topic… I work from home, and even if I’m sick and laying on death’s door, I still work. Not trying to be unsympathetic but how bad off is TWG?

Old Sandra but with a new carpet

February 25th, 2011
10:14 am

I’m a big believer in getting rest when ill. Like I have said before, viruses can sometime decide to take vacations to all sorts of places where they shouldn’t be and cause huge problems.

Kat

February 25th, 2011
10:23 am

I don’t understand why people complain about Photius and shaggy when they do post, but then wonder where they are when they politely abstain from participating? Dang, you ladies will not let the men win either way – no wonder they think you are crazy on this blog.

On topic: My kids LOVE the Hexbugs and Hexbots. You can buy different pieces and hook everything together. It’s like cooler Zhu Zhu pets where they can travel all around. Some of the Hexbots have remote controls, but not all. The Hexbugs are more like real bugs and just wind their way around and through everywhere. My nine-year-old boy and my five-year-old girl both love these toys!

JATL

February 25th, 2011
11:07 am

@MJG -if we ever get to have our lunch, we should make it a liquid one ;-) Everyone should experience a good hangover at least ONCE in life! Then you can discover how right shaggy is regarding the V-8 bloody mary -mmmmmm. I once lived off of those and Nip Chee crackers for 4 days in the desert, but that’s another story for another time…

Gatorade IS good for a hangover, and I am so thankful for the blue and red flavors now because they don’t conjure up childhood memories of vomit.

shaggy

February 25th, 2011
1:08 pm

JATL,

V-8 bloody mary and Nip Chee crackers for four days, in the desert? That is a story that begs telling.
Spit it out…er, I mean the story of course.

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 25th, 2011
1:44 pm

Glad you guys are still visiting — sorry i’ve been sick — I just posted two new topics — see wht you think

Theresa Walsh Giarrusso

February 25th, 2011
1:46 pm

FCM — I wanted some Hoola Hoops for Lilina’s bday party — I’m going to go the dollar store — thanks for mentioning that!!

JATL

February 25th, 2011
3:59 pm

@shaggy -it’s not as desperation-oriented as it sounds ;-) It was my first Burning Man, and my neighbor and I decided in order save money and space that we would get all the nutrients we needed PLUS a continuous buzz by taking several bottles of V8, several bottles of vodka, and I threw in the Nip Chee crackers because I need some type of “carb cushion” if I’ve been drinking. It was fantastic! We made it through just fine, but that casino buffet when we got back to Reno was truly the stuff of fantasy!