Allen Rausch has worked for game developers
including Acclaim Entertainment, Toys 'R' Us, Interplay
Entertainment, UbiSoft, Riot Games and Nexon America. The PC Editor
for GameSpy.com for seven years, he has been a
contributing author for games, a noted columnist-reviewer and an
editorialist for publications such as PC Gamer, GameSpot and
State-of-the-art for baseball video games. Lighter modes like
home-run derby make the game fun for younger kids, and true
baseball fans will love this game. Sony Computer Entertainment
America; $59.99; us.playstation.com; ages 10 and up.
This kid-safe Web browser comes with a ton of great games,
videos and Web destinations for kids, and includes safe email and
video chat functions. Best of all, easy-to-use parental controls
give complete control over what's available for your kids. Fuhu;
free; foozkids.com; ages 2-11.
An extraordinary digital update version of Dorothy Kunhardt's
classic touch-and-feel children's book. The illustrations are
interactive, with excellent reading of the text and vocal feedback.
Random House; $3.99; randomhouse.com/kids/apps; ages 2-6.
A delightful "e-toy" app that lets kids cut hair, style it,
color it and experiment with all sorts of wild hairstyles for
people and animals. Tocaboca; $0.99; tocaboca.com;
This is an amazing iPad-style touchscreen computer that comes
with fun apps including a virtual art studio and digital camera.
New apps are $10 each. Includes impressive online and parent
features, including emails that track kids' educational progress.
LeapFrog Enterprises Inc.; $99; leapfrog.com/leappad;
An online art studio with an amazingly powerful set of art tools
for kids. Disney Interactive Media Group; free; disney.com/create; ages 5-15.