Hot Dots Jr.—Ace the Talking Teaching Dog, Educational Insights Inc., $39.99; age 3 and up. The electronic dog supports learning by pointing to correct answers on cards that focus on fundamental literacy skills. She lights up, gives a verbal “good job” and occasionally vibrates for added kudos.
MobiGo Touch Learning System, VTech, $59.99; age 3 and up. “Edu-gaming” at its finest! Touch screen and slide-out keyboard accompany a clear voice and excellent video quality. Insert cartridge and start playing and learning. More games can be downloaded from the website.
Sing-a-ma-jigs!, Fisher-Price, $12.99; age 3 and up. Oozing with personality, these plush characters make you smile and brighten your mood! Push their tummies and they talk and sing in goofy chipmunk-like voices. Each has a different pitch so that they can sing in harmony.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Zoobies, $40; age 5 and up. Snuggle up to this beloved bug from Eric Carle’s classic tale while reading! Exquisitely soft, the caterpillar plush toy opens up to a comfy pillow and unzips to reveal what he really ate: a warm, fuzzy blanket!