NAPPA 2003:Tech Toys for Ages 5 and Up

By Ellen Metrick

Nappa Gold Winners
What's a Tech Toy? It's a toy in which a microchip or electronic circuitry is key to the item's function and play value. Which ones are worth taking home? Here are this year's NAPPA winners:

Gold Award Winners

M Gears Motorized Building Set, Learning Resources, $36.95;, 800-222-3909; ages 7 and up. Using easy-to-understand pictorial instructions, children are able to build one of 10 vehicles or create their own remote-control, motorized machines with gears and connectors. Pieces snap together easily and securely.

Honors Award Winners

Dare Ya!, Girl Tech, $19.99;, 800-803-9611; for ages 6 and up. In this electronic truth-or-dare game, kids spin the spinner and respond to the challenge!

Video Now, Hasbro, $49.99;; 800-327-8264; for ages 6 and up. This high-quality personal video player brings to life specially designed discs of some favorite cartoons.

To see winning tech toys for other age groups, return to NAPPA 2003 Award Winners: Tech Toys.

See also: NAPPA 2002 Award Winners: Tech Toys

Ellen Metrick is a toy specialist with the National Lekotek Center.
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