Tech Toys Your Kids Will Go Crazy for This Year
It’s a new year, which means new technology for kids and adults alike. These days, kids are as tech-savvy as ever and they’re always hungry for more.
While you might not love the idea of your kids becoming total screen-bots, not all technology is mind-numbing. Some tech toys are incredibly interactive, imaginative and stimulating. Others have the ability to help kids relax. There are ones that are uber-educational, or they're just downright cool.
Here’s a round up of some of the best new tech toys that your kids will go nuts for this year.
VTech Kidibeat Drum Set
This drum set designed for tots plays just the right tune. It’s a great toy for beginner musicians, and it helps teach important sensory skills.
With its four different modes of play, educational benefits like memory, visualization and phonics, kids will never be bored while learning to play that beat.
For science-savvy kids, this moon lamp is a must-have. It can add a totally unique flare to any room with its super realistic design and warm glow. It also has color-changing abilities and comes with a remote control. You can even change the brightness or color with touch-technology.
All around, this is the perfect gift for night owls and dreamers alike.
These LED projectable night lights are not only a fun gift to give, but they can also help parents to establish a relaxing nightly bedtime rhythm. With characters from “Frozen,” “Spiderman” or “Paw Patrol,” your kids are bound to love their cozy night-time buddy.
But better yet, the projectors are small enough to fit on practically any surface, are cool-to-the-touch and have morning-to-night sensing technology that turns the light off in the morning and back on when it’s time for bed.
KD Kids Infinifun Yoga Mat
When we think of electronics and tech toys, we think of kids sitting on the couch without moving a muscle for hours. But with this talking yoga mat designed for kids two and up, they won’t want to stop moving.
The mat has three game fun modes with yoga challenges, and it helps teach kids basic postures. They’ll practice balance skills, improve coordination and learn body awareness all with this fun toy.
Look no further than this robot pal of your kid’s dreams. Woobo is an endlessly educational tech toy that can do it all. It has voice interaction for hours of fun spent answering questions, playing games and sparking creativity.
You can also send messages through Woobo from your device to stay connected and set helpful reminders to keep kids on track.
Kurio Watch 2.0
Kids of any age will love the new Kurio Watch 2.0 because this latest version of the smart watch, built uniquely for kids, is the coolest yet. With its photo filters and frames, games, hands-free phone calls and music player, there’s always fun to be had playing on this gadget.
The activity tracker also encourages kids to keep moving — but that’s not all. The color-changing wristband means kids can change their watch to match their style or even their mood!
If you aren’t quite ready for your kids to have a smartphone but want to give them a bit of independence, Relay is the perfect gift. The screen-free device is a parent’s dream come true.
It allows you to communicate with kids with the push of a button, just like a walkie talkie. That way, they can have the freedom you want, without the extra responsibility of a smartphone. Plus, it doesn’t require a monthly phone bill.
Droid Inventor Kit
This gift is the perfect match for Star Wars fans, tiny inventors, builders or kids that just love technology. With the Droid Inventor Kit, kids can build their own droid and control it using the Droid Inventor app.
Then, they can take the droid on 22 unique missions — all while having fun and learning to code.
Rocketbook Smart Notebook
Any kid who is always filling up notebooks with ideas, drawings and lists will love this digital notebook. It lets you send your handwritten notes to the most convenient place of your choosing by using cloud services. Then, you can erase and start fresh.
Kids can instantly have their notes for school or for play exactly where they need them every time. This clever tool is one both kids and adults will love this year.
Echo Dot Kids Edition
It’s Alexa ... but for kids! The kid-friendly Echo Dot has the same DJ technology, letting little ones pick and choose what to play.
The parental controls will ensure safe listening, while choosing from jokes, music, educational programming and even books on Audible.
This globe is truly like no other. The interactive toy allows kids to logon to their smart device to visit different countries all over the world.
They can investigate different cultures, go on adventures and learn tons about geography with the touch of a button.
Botley the Coding Robot
It’s the S.T.E.M. toy that’s all the rage this year. Botley, the amazing robot that teaches kids coding without the use of a screen, means hours of play that also educates. Kids will learn to program him to follow commands and explore his hidden features.
This is one amazing toy that promotes critical-thinking skills and problem-solving skills all without a screen. How cool is that?
PIX Light-Up Backpack
This is the year that we can all say goodbye to boring backpacks. The programmable, light-up backpack from PIX will be all kids want to play with, not to mention will become the talk of the school.
You can control its appearance from the convenience of your phone by choosing different animations or creating your own designs. Plus, it’s shock and water-resistant, so the backpack can travel pretty much anywhere.
VTech Kidi-Star Karaoke Machine
This colorful kid-friendly karaoke machine, also by VTech, is so much fun that kids will want to sing the day away.
With voice-changing technology, a strobe light and MP3 connectability, there is endless musical play for kids to immerse themselves in while singing along to their favorite tunes.