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CNET News Video: High-tech educational toys for kids
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CNET News Video: High-tech educational toys for kids

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Is your child's wish list a little lacking in the educational department? CNET's Sumi Das has ideas for gifts that will satisfy you -- and your little ones.

-Has holiday shopping for the little ones left you stumped? When in doubt, give the gift of technology. Here are some high tech toys with an educational twist that'll please the toddlers and teens on your list and their parents too. Unleash a child's inner geek with Little Bits. These kits include LEDs, wires, mini motors, and more. The bits snap together, thanks to magnets, letting you create all sorts of projects from a flashing light to a back massager. But any bookworms will enjoy Leapfrog's Tag Reader. When the pen-like stylus touches the book page, it can name or sound out letters, read words or entire pages. -A word of advice from a parent though, you may need to buy one of these for each child in the family, unless they have highly developed sharing skills. -A classic board game has gotten a digital makeover with Monopoly Xap, gone is all the paper money, players now use banking cards and an iPad to buy houses and hotels as they make their way towards boardwalk. Got a puzzle lever on your list? Once you finished a Ravensburger Augmented Reality Puzzle, you can learn more about the scene, whether it's Paris or under the sea. Just download an app to your mobile device and point it at the jigsaw. Finally, encourage kids to be pennywise with Digi-Piggy. Pop in a coin and the wee oinker displays its value and keeps a running tab of how much you've saved. With every last gift crossed off your list, you can focus on more pressing holiday matters like finding eggnog. In San Francisco, I'm Sumi Das, CNET.com for CBS News.

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