Kidsday: Rating holiday toys

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IHOME GLOW TUNES (ihomeaudio.com)

The iHome is for iPods. I played with it. You control it with your iPod. It's cool. Before you use it, you need a computer so you can charge it. The box comes with the set of speakers, a plug to charge with and instructions. It also can be used for other items like Nintendo stuff. The iHome Glow Tunes is a loud set of speakers that you can plug other items into. I like this because it is loud and cool. It glows different colors if you press a button.

Ages: 8 and older

Rating: 5 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter LIAM FLANAGAN


APP DRIVE (Spin Master)

The app drive is a steering wheel controller for an Android phone, iPhone and iPod touch. It contains one app drive, a mounting bracket, an insert plate and a foam insert. You can download free driving games from the app store. You put your iPad in the bracket and then you put it in the middle of the steering wheel. There are four control buttons. One is for the gas, one is to reverse. The other two buttons are to change the look of the screen. You need to tilt the wheel left or right to steer the car. I liked this because it felt like I was really driving. The steering wheel had a good grip and was a good size for me. The control buttons were easy to use.

Ages:3/4 8 and older

Rating: 5 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter SEAN GOLDRIK


WHALE TALE & VACUUM DOCK (Octa; octa.com)

This is a whale's-tail-shaped iPad or electronic device holder. I thought it was a perfect gift for me to test because I use my iPad a lot. I mostly liked it because it looks like a whale's tail. When you press the button, it makes the suction tighter so it holds the iPad more securely on most surfaces. For the most part it worked well, but I don't think that most kids will need such an item for their iPads, etc. I liked this because it held my iPad perfectly.

Ages: 7 and older

Rating: 4 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter SYDNEY CAPUANO


SINGALONGZ (Wow Stuff; wowstuff.com)

The toy is a plush animal and a microphone. It's silly and fun for playing tricks on people. You can trick them by going into another room and speaking into the microphone. What you say is heard in the animal's voice. The dog's name is Ruftey. There are different ones, too. There's a bear, a cat and a duck. Ruftey has a silly and deep voice. To turn on the toy, you need to press the star on its paw and the star on the microphone. To raise or lower the volume, just turn the dial. The toy comes with batteries. I thought the toy was OK because I am too old for the toy. It would make a little kid laugh all day, even if they had a bad day.

Ages: 3 to 5

Rating: 4 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter MADISON PAVEGLIO


GLOW CRAZY DOODLE DOME (Techno Source; technosourceusa.com)

The Doodle Dome is fun to play with. My sister liked to play with me, and we would draw crazy stuff. There is a wall you can draw on. I would say only one kid at a time can play. And always have an adult put it back in the box for a person my age, because it is a bit tricky to refold. It has three stencil sheets, a light wand for your drawing and a fun tip booklet. I liked it because it was really fun to play with, and it was fun for all ages. My friends and I loved to play with it.

Ages: 3 and older

Rating: 4 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter HEATHER THOMSON


SMOKIN' HOT WHEELS (Mattel)

I got Hot Wheels Apptivity Drift King Vehicle Pack to race and play. It is good for the iPad. I didn't have to put it together. It works by downloading the app onto the iPad; then, I followed the instructions and started the game by doing a practice race. There are different places to choose from, like the workshop, shooting range, the long jumps, race points and others. It needs for the player to know how to drive a car to stay on the road.

What I liked about the toy was there were achievements. What I did not like about it is that it had confusing twists and turns. It is a little confusing and kind of hard. What I also liked about it is that there is racing. I love racing. I like any type of racing and shooting and airplanes. What was surprising was that you don't really need the car; you can just use three fingers as your controller.

Ages: 8 and older

Rating: 5 of 5

-- Kidsday Reporter ETHAN FORTALEZA

CLASS OF THE WEEK: Ellen Kresic's fourth-grade class, WILLIAM E. DELUCA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, North Babylon

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