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  Toys: Ages 3 to 6  
  It's all about interactive—from building and beading to drawing and even dressing boy-band-cool dolls.  
     
  BY ASHELEY VICTORIA  
  PHOTOGRAPHED BY JAMES WORRELL  
     
  Toys for Tots | Ages 3 to 6 | Ages 7 to 10 |  
     
  Heavy Lifting
Created in the 1800s and modified over the years, Anker’s Stone Building Set provides different-shaped real stone pieces that allow children to create any tower imaginable. Each of several sets builds on the previous one, and there are enough pieces to create an entire city ($179).

A Bear’s Place
789 Lexington Ave., near 61st St., 212-826-6465
 
 

 

 

 
  Block Party
Think your kid is the next Richard Meier? Get her started early with this wooden building set from Kapla, which has enough pieces to create everything from a simple structure to an extravagant architectural tower ($69).

A Bear’s Place
789 Lexington Ave., near 61st St., 212-826-6465

 
 

 

 

 
  A Fine Balance
The object of Tip It is to remove a colored disk from this whimsical spinner without making the entire game fall over ($9.99).

KB Toys
2411 Broadway, near 86th St., 212-595-4389

 
 

 

 

 
  Boy Toy
Bratz are already a hit with girls, now there are boy versions. Like his female counterparts, each doll comes with his own trendy wardrobe, including a change of shoes ($14.99).

Toys 'R' Us
1514 Broadway, near 44th St., 800-869-7787
24-30 Union Square East, near 15th St. 212-674-8697;
toysrus.com.


 
 

 

 

 
  Bead Me Up
If your kids love playing with your jewelry or bags, Clikit Kits from Lego will give them everything needed to make their own. From $3.99.

Target
135-05 Twentieth Ave., Queens, 718-661-4346
8801 Queens Blvd., Queens, 718-760-5656;
target.com.


 
 

 

 

 
  Big Dig
The Dino Xcavator from National Geographic recalls the classic game of operation, with an archeological twist. Pick a card, then try to excavate the bone specified, without hitting the side ($14.99).

Target
135-05 Twentieth Ave., Queens, 718-661-4346
8801 Queens Blvd., Queens, 718-760-5656;
target.com.
 
 

 

 

 
  Word Play
Clifford’s Spelling Book lets would-be readers match magnetic letters to words on each page, illustrated by pictures ($7.99).

The Scholastic Store
557 Broadway, near Prince St., 212-343-6166
 
 

 

 

 
  They're Back
Neopets are the newest version of personal “friends” for the short set. The voice-activated creatures can tell a child’s mood by his tone of voice and react accordingly. Choose from six space-age-looking characters ($12.99).

FAO Schwarz
767 Fifth Ave., near 58th St. 212-644-9400;
fao.com
 
 

 

 

 
  In Living Color
Kids have enjoyed Magna Doodle for years; now the creators have upped the creative ante by including three magnetic stampers along with stencils in cool shapes ($27).

For more information, visit fisherprice.com.
 
 

 

 

 
  Construction Site
Ello’s Character Builder Kit isn’t about boosting self-esteem. But after using the dozens of pieces included to create funky characters (human or otherwise), as well as their environments, your kids will probably feel pretty pleased with themselves. Sets have underwater, jungle, and fairy themes ($9.99).

KB Toys
2411 Broadway, near 86th St., 212-595-4389
 
     
     
 
From the Fall 2003 edition of the New York Family Guide
 
     
     
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