1. I-Top Pro
When this top is spinning, LEDs on its side form letters, numbers and messages. It's full of simple addictive games like Top This, where it counts its own rotations. There's also a Magic 8-Ball mode for the indecisive
2. Vtech V.Smile TV Learning System
If your child isn't yet ready for an Xbox, try the V.Smile. Its Smartridge library ($20 each, for ages 3 to 7) offers math, logic and word-skill lessons from familiar faces like Simba and Spider-Man
3. Playskool VideoNow Jr.
With a color screen and a chunky design suitable for small hands, this videodisc player can be a road-trip pacifier. Titles include full-length episodes of The Wiggles and other kid favorites