As much as we like to think our kids will be fine with traditional toys, we live in a world where tech and electronic toys are abundant, and may actually be good for kids. A lot of tech toys and electronics will keep kids learning, while having fun. Picking gifts for kids can be a challenge, so we’ve come up with some of the best tech toys for kids of all ages, that will keep them occupied at home and when they are on the road.
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Designed for ages five and up, the Sphero SPRK+ allows kids to program and code all while having fun. This robot ball connects to an app, and kids can play games, control speed, colors, and learn programming all while having fun. For a simpler version, try the Sphero Mini.
Fisher Place Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar
Kids will have a blast putting together this Code-A-PIllar to help it reach its targets. Using critical thinking, sequencing, problem solving and memory, kids figure out which segments to add so it will move in the direction they want.
With this toy, it is rocket science! Easy to use, with twenty free online projects that teach coding. With eight built-in LED lights, two buttons and a speaker means the rocket is ready to play with out of the package! Please note: it connects to a Mac, Chromebook or Windows computer via usb cord and is not compatible with smartphones or tablets.
VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam
As much as you may hate to admit it, every kid loves TikTok, and will love creating their own TikTok videos with this KidiZoom Creator Cam (even if they never make it onto the internet!) With a built-in microphone, over twenty virtual backgrounds to choose from, and on-camera editing tools, it has everything kids need for creating fun videos they will want to share with the whole family. A tabletop tripod/selfie stick and a wrist strap are included.
LEGO Vidiyo Boombox
The perfect gift for kids who love LEGOs and making videos, LEGO Vidiyo will inspire kids to become music video directors. They can build their sets with the blocks, and create videos using select iOs and Android devices, using bluetooth connectivity.
Snap Circuits Pro SC-500 Electronics Exploration Kit
Kids can get learning about electronics without screen time with the Snap Circuits Exploration Kit. By snapping parts together (no tools required), they will be able to create working electrical circuits—making things like a digital voice recorder, AM radio, FM radio, a fan and more.
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6-in-1 A.I. RC Innovator Lab
This award winning toy lets kids build their very own vehicles, including a hovercraft, drone, and a turboprop plane. A perfect gift to get kids into STEM, it includes a remote control, and instructions. Once the parts are put together, they will be set to go, without any complicated programming!
Hide and Seek Safari Monkey
This is a great smart toy for young kids. Parents hide the monkey, and the kids use the tracking scanner to find him. The scanner turns green as you get closer, and red if you go further away from him, and he calls out once you find him.
Bionic Grip Hydraulic STEM Kit
Quickly become the kid in your life’s favorite gift-giver with this bionic hand kit. No batteries or connections needed, after kids put the 203 pieces together to build the hand, their own fingers control the bionic hand.
We can’t have a list about electronics for kids without some sort of gaming console. What makes the Nintendo Switch great is that not only do kids love it, but parents will too, as there are great parental controls they can utilize: from time limits, and restricting content.
STEM Building Toys for Kids 2-in-1 Remote Control Race Car Building
Rather than just giving a child a remote control car, why not have them build one? This STEM inspired kit lets kids build their own remote control race car that will actually work once finished! Once they create one model, they can transform the car into a second model, so it’s like getting two cars in one.
KOKODI LCD Writing Tablet
This LCD writing tablet is a great alternative to a regular tablet that is hard to regulate. The amazing battery life (the included replaceable battery lasts up to six months of use, before needing to be replaced), makes it perfect for travel—no need to worry about recharging! The best part? No Wi-Fi is needed, so you won’t be scrambling to find a signal while you are out and about.
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LeapFrog My Own Leaptop
LeapFrog has been around for years, and for good reason. The perfect learning electronic device for younger kids, My Own Leaptop, helps toddlers learn the alphabet, dance to songs, receive pretend emails, and more—just like having a real laptop!
Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet
The perfect solution to get kids to stop begging you to use your tablet, the Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Tablet has a two year warranty, includes one year of Amazon Kids+, which gives access to thousands of apps, games, books, and educational content. It has a Parent Dashboard, where parents can control what extra apps to add (like Netflix).
Fcoreey Remote Control Mini Drone
This year, most gift guides are going to have a drone somewhere on the list, especially when talking about electronics. This guide is no different. Kids will love this mini drone, with one push of a button for take off and landing, altitude hold, three speeds, and a 3D Flip and 360-degree rotation.
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