From virtual pets to pen-shaped computers, Kidzworld checks out some of this year's best back to school gadgets and gizmos.
Back-to-School Gadgets - Firefly CellphoneHead back to school with a new phone from Firefly Mobile. It's the first cell phone for kids and it's packed with lights, sounds, animations and fun. The Firefly has just five keys, including the numbers of the 'rents on speed dial, an easy-to-use phone book list and an emergency 911 button. Parents can also ensure that the phone will receive calls only from a select set of numbers. The Firefly also comes with 12 ring tones, five animations and can be used in English or Spanish. For more info, head to www.fireflymobile.com.
Back-to-School Gadgets - Leapfrog Fly Pentop ComputerIt's the world's first computer shaped like a pen! The Fly Pentop includes a calculator, video games, homework help, music, a scheduler and more - all in a pen-sized pocket computer! Using the Fly Pentop and the special Fly paper, you can write a word in English and have it translated into Spanish or draw a piano keyboard and start playing it. It's the ultimate educational and entertainment gadget. For more info head to www.liveonthefly.com.
Back-to-School Gadgets - ChatNow CommunicatorsThe ChatNow communicator is an all-in-one walkie-talkie, text messenger and digital camera. Talk to your friends or send them text messages up to two miles away. The ChatNow allows you to chat instantly with your best friends and take pictures with the built-in digital camera. The ChatNow also has screen savers, a saved buddy list and ten different ring tones that can be accessed with the easy-to-use controls and flip-out keypad. For more info, head to www.hasbro.com.
Back-to-School Gadgets - Tamigotchi MiniHead back to school with the new Tamigotchi Mini wearable tech toy. The Tamigotchi Mini is part gadget, part fashion accessory and part best friend. This smaller version of the Tamigotchi virtual pet comes in several funky designs and can be easily attached to cell phones, key chains, backpacks or even clothing. For more info, head to www.tamigotchi.com.