As a first time parent of the most incredible creature to ever walk this Earth--my fourteen month old daughter, Kiera--I am perpetually amazed by the simplicity and inexpensiveness of the objects and experiences that capture and hold her interest. Like most new dads, I am prone to compulsive toy shopping. I don't always buy but I certainly go shopping at my local toy store, Tree Top Toys, much more often than I did before Kiera RTW'd last August. With few exceptions, Kiera prefers *my* stuff to the stuff I buy her. If I'm holding something, if it smells like me, if looks like it might be "m-i-n-e", moves in a certain way, and in general emits some sort of light or sound, especially when unexpected, Kiera waaaants it. She muuuuust have it.
Although I'm a Luddite compared to many of my friends at Microsoft, Kiera is nonetheless surrounded by techie artifacts, new and old. Here are a few of her favorite techie toddler toys in rank order: