Shop Holiday 2013: Gifts for kids ages 0-5

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• Keep very young kids away from their parents' iPads and Kindles by giving them an electronic tablet of their own -- the myPad, designed for children as young as a year. Toddlers can move arrows and buttons around the tablet to activate sounds and phrases on 20 different images. S.W. Randall, $26.25.

• The spout cover from Pittsburgh company 4moms takes the guesswork out of bath temperatures. A digital display shows the water temperature while soft foam protects young heads from edges on the faucet. Thanks to a hole on top, parents can turn on the shower without removing the cover. Toys R Us and other stores, $29.99.

• With these helmets, the challenge is getting kids to take them off. Raskullz helmets combine adorable animals with bike safety, providing helmets embellished with ears, horns and fins. Carnegie Museum of Natural History Gift Shop, $29, and Target, $18.99.

• Perler beads have been around since the 1960s; older kids arrange the tiny beads, make a design, and use a hot iron to melt it in place. For younger hands, Biggie Beads make a great craft minus the hot iron. Children too young to place the beads in a pattern can still string and sort them. New this year are these Santa Polar Bear patterns, which can also serve as ornaments. Amazon.com, $9.99.


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• The PBS show "Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood," co-produced by the Pittsburgh-based Fred Rogers Company, is teaching a new generation the lessons of Mister Rogers. Now there's merchandise to match. Available exclusively from Toys R Us, this set of figurines includes five of the show's main characters. Toys R Us, $12.99.

• Looking for a substantial gift that parents and kids will use constantly? The Foonf convertible car seat from Clek is stylish and safe. Manufactured in Canada, the seat won an innovation award in 2012 from the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association. The seat is recommended for children 6 months to 6 years old, and allows kids up to 50 pounds to face backward. Amazon.com and other websites, $405.

• The Chimalong Deluxe is a musical gift to grow on. Babies and toddlers can make noise just by banging on the metal bars, while preschoolers can learn to play songs such as "Jingle Bells" and "The Muffin Man" from the enclosed booklet. The carrying case provides easy storage. S.W. Randall, $50.

"Good Night Pittsburgh," a take-off on the classic "Good Night Moon," takes the reader through a beautifully illustrated tour of the city. Scenes from the book, released last year, include the gardens of Phipps Conservatory, the fountain at Point State Park and the dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Barnes & Noble and other stores, $9.95.

 


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