In Brief: Aug. 27, 2001

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK The Jumbo Music Block ($60, for ages 1 and up) is designed to be Baby's first gadget. Made by Neurosmith, which specializes in tech for tykes, it's a plush cube 14 in. on a side--that's about waist high on a toddler--and covered with bright, colorful touch-sensitive shapes, each of which hides a secret pocket. It's designed to teach music and motor skills: touch a shape, and it plays a maddeningly perky tune.

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