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Educational Toys

Lots of fun for tiny tots

More than mere playthings, toys have come to reflect a family's lifestyle and values.

Friday, 18 May, 2012, 12:00am

Construction toys

Moveable beasts

The Animals Creator by US-based PlayMe helps young children get to grips with the basic concepts of building. Wooden puzzle pieces and nuts and bolts supply the materials while simple illustrations provide the inspiration for 11 animals. HK$260 at Baby Central, 7/F, BT Centre, 23 Wong Chuk Hang Rd, Aberdeen, tel: 2553 8000 or

1 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

How to make your presents felt

Like many children, Kathy Wong Kin-Ho dreamed of finding a gleaming, new bicycle under the Christmas tree. So when a red two-wheeler made its glorious appearance - a joint Christmas and Lunar New Year present - her joy knew no bounds.

18 Dec 2011 - 12:00am



Get your kids off to a soaring techy start with the LeapPad. The touch screen simulates a smartphone and provides plenty to occupy them. There are e-books to learn how to read and writing options to encourage literacy, as well as games, animations and a camera. The interface is customised with the user's name and is simple to use.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Ahead of the game

Sounds like a dream job for a slacker: watching music videos, trawling through YouTube and networking sites such as Facebook, and experimenting with emoticons in instant messages. But Alex Chan Ka-keung isn't just amusing himself: engaging in such diversions is part of his job as a toy designer.

15 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Don't dump, donate

Six-year-old Amy Lau received a Barbie interactive laptop computer worth HK$400 for her birthday. But the Grade One pupil already had a similar toy, so this one sat on top of a wardrobe until it was eventually thrown away during the annual Lunar New Year spring clean.

6 May 2007 - 12:00am

Careful calculation helps toymaker grow business

Bill Wong Chong-piu, designer and managing director of Toto Toys, draws on his engineering background to create educational toys

24 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

New technology becomes child's play

The trend this year is towards interactive games and educational toys with many features that keep children interested for longer

CHILDREN IN THE 1970s played with dolls, drums and plastic telescopes. Now they play with interactive dolls, virtual drums and digital telescopes, in addition to computer games.

3 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

ESC Sequences

ADDICTIVE but silly

If you define anything on a computer that causes addictive behaviour as 'vile and detestable', then this one will rank very highly indeed. You blow up a vehicle in such a way that it destroys the villains while it spins in the air. I got to level 38. Horribly silly and addictive. www.gamegecko.

7 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

ESC sequences

Addictive but silly

6 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

It plays to learn

TOY RETAILERS LOVE these first few weeks of the new year. It's a time when children by the thousands pour into shops clutching bundles of crisp banknotes with one mission in mind: spend, spend, spend.

All parents want to see their children putting their lai see money to good use. But if they must spend it on toys, how can you persuade them to choose something educational?

26 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Most wanted

Boys like their toys, as the old adage goes. But these days, with products like the Lego Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 on the market, spinning tops and slingshots don't seem to cut it. The aforementioned item is the latest hi-tech gadget to hit the toy world.

19 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Guessing game over toy cargo

A special shipment containing toys and education materials worth US$500,000 (HK$3.9 million) could be heading towards Hong Kong.

The Great Toy Challenge has been launched by an Internet-based educational programme, which is sending the cargo container - decorated with colourful artwork by children, and called the 'Boomerang Box' - to a mystery country this month.

1 Nov 2001 - 12:00am

Grave psychological threat

I refer to the report headlined, 'Machine-sold toys a hazard to youngsters' (South China Morning Post, December 14).

Apart from the small and dangerous toys mentioned in the report which children can get from vending machines, I am also concerned about violent toys, which can have a long-term, adverse effect on young people.

19 Dec 1998 - 12:00am

Kidsmart's 'Chaos' not just child's play

Kidsmart Limited's Chaos World of Motion is like a 'roller-coaster children can design themselves', says award-winning toy designer Alex Lee.

The toy takes the basic idea of tracks and framework on which a plastic-covered steel ball rolls along, but gives children many options to create their own designs - simple or complex - while learning about basic laws of physics.

5 Nov 1998 - 12:00am