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Build towers, make animals, create spaceships and more with
Magna-Tiles by Valtech. The brightly-colored magnetic building
tiles inspire the imagination. Ages 3+. 32-piece set, $51.50. magnatiles.com.
Kushies' Baby promises tons of fun for little ones with Boa
Stack & Squeeze Toy, a silly stack of squishy rings
with different animals sounds and textures ($40) and Zippy
Wooden Pull Toy that bobs its head up and down when pulled
along ($40). pilbooks.com. Say goodbye to James Bond and hello to
Jane Bond with SpyChix Sleuth Kits from Sakar International.
Ages 7+. $9.99-$19.99. The 2005 Hess Emergency Truck with
Rescue Vehicle includes an emergency truck with lights
and flashers, three different sounds and a rugged off-road vehicle
with lights and a fast, powerful friction motor. $19.99. hesstoytruck.com.
Maneuver vehicles forward or backward to escape the gridlock in
Rush Hour, a game of strategy and fun. Ages 8+.
(clockwise from top left): "Scooby-Doo! The Mystery
Shopper" cash register book features a bar-code scanner,
mechanical cash drawer and play money for some super shopping fun.
Ages 3+. $22. pilbooks.com. Dive into distant waters in Cogno:
Deep Worlds, a board game that challenges players with
thought-provoking questions and space-age fun. Ages 7+. $29.95.
cogno.com. My First Story Reader brings popular
stories and characters to life with narration, sound effects and
music. $20. Ages 6 months-3 years. pilbooks.com.