This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.
CNET News Video: High-tech educational toys for kids
About Video Comments (0 ) Transcript

CNET News Video: High-tech educational toys for kids

1:39 /

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.

New releases

Swap your iOS 8 keyboard for these...
0:59 September 19, 2014
With iOS 8, you can use a different keyboard than the default. Check out these third-party alternatives.
Play video
2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat...
5:50 September 19, 2014
The 2015 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack has the muscle car power (and fuel economy) to back up its nostalgic...
Play video
Compact, budget Samsung Galaxy...
2:01 September 19, 2014
This wallet-friendly Android phone fits nicely in the hand, but has a few drawbacks you'll want to know about...
Play video
Line up for an iPhone 6, get a...
2:11 September 19, 2014
Why do people wait in line for days at Apple stores for the latest iPhones when they could preorder online?...
Play video
3D Pocketcopter crowdfunding soars...
5:13 September 19, 2014
This week on Crave it's your last chance to order a Pocketcopter that doesn't exist, run for your lives from...
Play video
The Blendtec Designer 725 is too...
2:33 September 19, 2014
A significant design flaw keeps us from recommending this high-end appliance
Play video
Genius hacker Walter O'Brien tells...
3:11 September 19, 2014
When Scorpion makes its debut on Monday night, it will bring hacking and computer security to prime time like...
Play video
The hidden features inside iOS...
2:04 September 19, 2014
Brian Tong shows you the features inside of iOS 8 that you might not know about.
Play video