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From a VR headset that brings coloured pictures of animals into the 3D world, to a caterpillar that teaches coding, these are the tech toys sure to top the wishlists of children this Christmas.

When tech and toys meet, a winning combination of fun, imagination and playability is created that extends far beyond TV-advert infatuation. If you’re looking for something a little different to gift children this Christmas, this is the list for you.

Top tech toys:

A.R.I.A'S Adventures

Gone are the days where kids simply read a book or colour pages, arrived are the days where the pages come to life for today's tech savvy kids. ARIA utilises augmented reality, the latest gaming phenomenon that causes physical objects in the real world environment to appear augmented in 3D. Tag along on an expedition through the jungle, spotting animals on your way, while Aria, your tour guide, offers interesting facts about each animal   Simply use your smart device or the included VR headset.

Available at www.toysrus.co.za for R699.90

Labo Robot Kit (Nintendo Switch)

Build a backpack and visor that let you control a huge on-screen robot. Then smash buildings, fly, transform into a tank, and much more. You can also discover how your creations work using the Nintendo Switch technology by peeking inside them and by watching handy tutorials. It’s all part of the software included with every kit.

Available at Makro for R1399.

Transformers: Bumblebee - Power Charge Bumblebee

Within each Transformers robot rests a powerful core made of Energon. Without this core, charging up all that battling, racing, and (when it comes to Bumblebee) singing wouldn't be possible. Even the most tubular Autobots get their circuits warped sometimes. Help a bot out by getting his Power Charge core spinning! While in robot mode, spin the core in Bumblebee figure's chest to amp up lights and phrases. Then, lower the battle mask and reveal his signature Stinger Sword to get this courageous bot ready for battle against the Decepticons.

Available at takealot.com for R949.

Fisher Price Code - A - Pillar

Code-a-Pillar inspires little learners to be big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments in endless combinations, sending Code-a-Pillar on his path. This learning toy encourages experimentation while developing important skills like problem solving, planning and sequencing, and critical thinking.

Available on www.loot.com for R1311.

furReal Rock-a-too, the Show Bird

With a spotlight-loving pet like this, every day’s a chance to put on a show. Laugh at his kooky jokes, or join him in an original song-and-dance number. Create original comedy routines by recording fun phrases and playing them back… with unpredictable results. The Rock-a-too, the Show Bird pet is a real star – and is sure to entertain wherever he goes. And with over fifty sound-and-motion combinations, he’s ready to take over the stage. Of course, even a show-biz veteran likes to be petted and praised – pet his left cheek for a loveable response – and maybe even a kiss.

Available at www.toysrus.co.za for R1299.90.