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Cute, cool and techie goodies for the younger kids

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Sesame Street: Once Upon a Monster Like all great children’s entertainment, this video game also appeals to adults, and Once Upon a Monster is something you should play together. The two of you become Cookie Monster and Elmo, who step into a storybook world and solve the problems of the monsters they meet. The action is full bodied, thanks to the Xbox 360’s Kinect interface, and loads of fun. ($39.99; futureshop.ca)

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iGuy iPad case Designed for the discerning toddler, this case from Speck comes in three pastel colours. When standing on its two legs, the iGuy provides an ideal widescreen for video viewing on an iPad, and the two arms means your little speck can carry it around from bedroom to kitchen. The EVA foam material means that an iPad cuddled by the iGuy is protected from your iBaby. (US$39.95; speckproducts.com)

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Woogie 2 Admit it. You’ve used your phone as a soother for your bawling toddler. There’s no shame. However, if you want to avoid having it handed back to you wet with drool, try inserting it in this cute stuffed toy, which acts as a protective case. The only question is whether it’s a gift for you or for your kid. ($19.99; http://store.griffintechnology.com/woogie-2)

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Kidz Gear headphones These foldable headphones have the same quality components that go into adult cans, but are light and designed to fit young children. Most important, though, they have a built-in sound limiter so you can protect your child’s ears while letting them have control over the volume. ($19.99; amazon.ca)

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Norbert Nipkin interactive book The children’s book series by Toronto writer Robert McConnell and Burlington artist Steve Pilcher (now a senior art director at Pixar) is being reimagined – and remastered, with new images – as an iPad application. The stories are about the adventures of Norbert, a nipkin, in an enchanted land. ($2.99; itunes.apple.com/ca)

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