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New toys and apps bring 'Girl Power'

6:14 PM, Mar. 7, 2013
With the 'Princess Fairy Tale Maker - by Duck Duck Moose' little girls have digital tools to create their own video stories about heroines that they create, including astronauts and the like. (Gannett/File)
With the 'Princess Fairy Tale Maker - by Duck Duck Moose' little girls have digital tools to create their own video stories about heroines that they create, including astronauts and the like. (Gannett/File)
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Play patterns for girls are changing. Last month's International Toy Fair showcased several clever new toys for girls that encourage engineering. Mobile apps aren't far behind with some promoting girls as strong "can-do" exemplars.

For parents looking to expand their daughters play experiences beyond Barbie and Disney princesses, here's a crop of new toys and apps that will appeal to girls, while presenting them with strong role models.Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine (Toy)

From Goldie Blox, Inc, best for ages 6-12, $29.99 ...

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