I'm sure this has happened to you. You buy toys for your kids that they never play with. That's not happening this year.
Toy expert Chris Byrne of Time to Play magazine shows us some of the toys out there that your kids will play with LONG after Christmas. His suggestions:
LEAPPAD 2 EXPLORER
The LeapPad Explorer was a huge hit when it came out last year. But this year, LeapFrog has revamped the LeapPad Explorer to give it more memory, better battery life, and more features. Play is very much the same as using an adult tablet. Tap, draw, and write with the child-sized stylus or turn, twist, and shake the tablet for motion-based play thanks to the built-in accelerometer. The LeapPad2 comes with five learning apps, two built in and three to download. Battery life is about nine hours.
CHUGGINGTON DIE-CAST RAILWAY/Wilson's Wild Ride Playset
For the first time ever, budding engineers can build spiraling track layouts with this innovative track system engineered for stability and durability, enabling elevated layouts like never before. In addition, every action-packed playset in the Chuggington Die-Cast Railway can be built multiple ways, encouraging young imaginations to create, construct and play. With Wilson's Wild Ride, pull the lever when Wilson enters the storm machine to activate storm sounds and to launch Wilson. Wilson shoots down the 360 degree spiral, past the spinning sign, past the popping cones, and onto the turntable, where he whips around 720 degrees! Set can create four different track layouts.
CRAYOLA DIGITAL LIGHT DESIGNER
With Crayola's revolutionary Digital Light Designer, kids can draw with lights to create, animate and play! The Digital Light Designer uses colored LED technology as the medium to bring kids' colorful ideas to life on a 360 degree domed drawing surface. Three different modes of play provide endless hours of fun.
MEGA BLOKS BARBIE BUILD 'N STYLE LUXURY MANSION
Experience Barbie's world like never before! Mega Bloks Barbie lets girls build, design, and decorate their own mansion of eight rooms again and again. Every set comes with a different Barbie mini-fashion figure. There are 19 mini-fashion figures to collect and each one can be dressed and styled to create dozens of fab looks.
Perplexus Twist will challenge and excite players like no other brainteaser has before with the addition of an exciting new 'twist' - a new fourth dimension - that requires the player to twist and realign the tracks to escape traps, decoys, and cliffhangers. A fascinating new dimension for the Perplexus family!
BATMAN U-COMMAND BAT-POD
Based on The Dark Knight Rises, the much-anticipated final chapter in the Batman trilogy, the infrared remote control U-Command BAT-POD takes the RC motorcycles to the next level. Equipped with light-up wheels, voice and sound effects, the BAT-POD spectacularly moves forward and in reverse with a front wheel that pivots left and right for turning and drifting action. The bike's movements can be controlled instantly with the joysticks or pre-programmed for over 1000 action combo sequences with the 10 command buttons on the wireless remote. The remote control requires 3 AA and the BAT-POD requires 4 AA alkaline batteries.