NAPPA 2003:Tech Toys for Ages 5 and Up

By Ellen Metrick

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:

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.

Ellen Metrick is a toy specialist with the National Lekotek Center

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