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Sk8te Over Those Keys

By turning toe tapping into a video game, Dance Dance Revolution pushed legions of kids off the couch. I Can Play Piano is a plug-and-play unit that uses the same idea except it's fingers instead of feet that follow the commands on the screen. And in the process, your kids might learn how to tickle the ivories (even the Music Teachers National Association thinks so.) The classic pack that comes with the system features eight tunes, including "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" and "Heart and Soul." Level one lets players pluck out a few notes on the three-octave keyboard; level two jumps up in difficulty. Skilled players can switch the mode, so that instead of getting color-coded clues, they only see musical notes. After entertaining the relatives with "Fur Elise," they can snap up the "Pop Stars" cartridge ($15) to impress friends with a rendition of Avril Lavigne's "Complicated."

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