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Just like the rest of us, kids these days are big into technology, and this year’s crop of cool holiday toys plays right to that. But don’t worry – there’s plenty of old-fashioned, no-USB cord-required stuff out there, too.

Kiran Dodeja Smith

Loopdedoo

$34.99. Toys & Co., Park Road Shopping Center and Cotswold Village Shops

This is bringing bracelets back – minus the moans and groans crafts can elicit. The kit comes complete with a spinning tool, 18 different-colored skeins of embroidery floss and instructions. Use the kid-powered device to create bracelets, necklaces, anklets, belts and more.

The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll

$39.99. Major retailers.

Barbie got flash in 2012, and girls are lining up to strike a pose by the blond beauty. This version comes embedded with a digital camera and LCD screen, stand, USB cable and battery. Use Barbie as a camera, and the images instantly appear on her shirt. Recommended for ages 6 and up.

Meep

$149. Major retailers

Don’t let your rug rat grab your iPad; get her a Meep to keep. The innovative, interactive, totally cool tablet runs on the Android 4.0 platform and is equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, camera and 7-inch touch screen. Take advantage of ample apps along with a large library of pre-loaded games, e-books and more. Creators Oregon Scientific tailored the tablet for plenty of play by encasing it in a durable silicone sleeve.

EzyRoller

$99.99. Toys & Co.

Here’s a smooth move for Santa: the EzyRoller , which slides across the floor sans chains or pedals. Kids can rule the ride with right/left leg movements, building gross motor skills (not to mention confidence). The multiple-award winning toy was created in New Zealand. Suitable for ages 4-15.

Tobbles

$24.99. Brilliant Sky Toys and Books in Blakeney

Tobbles are six vibrantly colored, weighted spheres that simply stack on top of each other – or maybe it’s not so simple. They’ll wiggle and they’ll wobble, so try not to topple! Created by Fat Brain Toys. Suggested for little ones 6 months and older.

A to Z Magnatab

$24.95. GOODNEWS, the shop at Christ Church on Providence Road.

Little kids can get a grip on writing with the A to Z Magnatab and its easy-to-follow arrows, which direct them to move a magnetic stylus. Beads are pulled up and create solid lines, all which can be erased with the tip of a finger. Recommended for kids ages 3 and up.

The Salt Water Fuel Cell Giant Arachnoid Kit

$24.99, Shop Science at Discovery Place

Arachnophobes, take heed: This may not be for you. Assemble and activate the fuel cell of the spider with a saltwater mix and send your spider on its first scare. Deactivate by removing the fuel cell module. Can operate for five to seven hours continuously.

Kiran Dodeja Smith is the mother of four young kids and lives in South Charlotte. Email her at kdodeja@me.com.
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