With all the technology and gadgets around us, it’s not easy choosing a techie gift for kids anymore. Most of the time we end up getting a useless toy, a cliche item like a PS4 game or something that is not age appropriate and might need adult supervision.
I’ve compiled a list of some of the best tech gadgets available for kids of all ages. Note that the below items are based on online availabilities and prices, since they might vary from one country to another.
1- littleBits: Gizmo & Gadgets Kit
littleBits is a platform of easy-to-use electronic color-coded, magnetic and reusable building blocks empowering kids to imagine and create almost anything. littleBits ranks first on the list because it’s innovative, creative, techie and most important educational.
littleBits is great for ages 8-12 and comes in several options with prices varying from $99, $159, $199 (the above mentioned – 2nd edition) and $249. There are more expensive pro packs targeting schools and educational institutions.
If you like robots, then Cozmo is a must have. He is the cutest and smartest bot ever. He’s got personality and humor, he is playful, emotional and fun to have. Cozmo is suitable for all ages and has facial recognition and will detect your face as well as recognize your cats and dogs.
Cozmo’s design, movement and sound effects will remind you of Disney’s Wall-E animated movie.
3- The ONE
If you want to learn the piano on your own, this is a good device for you. It can work for both kids and adults alike. The ONE Light is a portable keyboard for beginners and experienced players. There are keys that light up with sheet music, video lessons, and games when connected with The ONE Smart Piano app.
You can choose to upgrade to a more expensive Grand Upright Piano if you want something more decorative.
Osmo is a great platform that allows children age 5 – 12 to interact with technology without losing the value of hands-on play. It’s a series of 8 standalone games that work by placing the iPad in the Osmo base with the red reflector over the camera in order to see the objects in front of it. Osmo games are sold separately or in bundles, just make sure the Osmo base is part of the package as the games cannot be played without it. We already reviewed one of the games in a previous post.
Here’s a list of the available OSMO games:
Osmo Coding uses hands-on physical blocks to control Awbie, a playful character who loves delicious strawberries. Each block is a coding command that directs Awbie on a wondrous tree-shaking, strawberry-munching adventure.
Make pizza… grow your profit! Quickly cook pizza & calculate change using topping and money tiles. Invest profits to upgrade your shop or open new locations as you bake your way to becoming “the big cheese”!
5- Parrot Mini Drones
Parrot launched a series of affordable small-sized drones that can be played indoors and outdoors.
3 types of drones are available: The flyers, the ground wheels and the water floaters. These drones can race, perform aerobatics, shoot missiles, and do various stunts. They are not suitable for kids under 9 and their prices vary from $80 to $120
Parrot HYDROFOIL NewZ
It’s a “two-in-one” minidrone that flies in the air and glide on water! It is fast and strong, its propeller technology allows it to make quick movements and reach incredible top speeds.
Parrot JUMPING RACE Max
The Parrot Jumping Race is a wide tyred racing drone that can turn, jump and drive fast. Like all other drones, you can control it from your mobile device
Parrot Airborne Cargo Travis
The Parrot Airborne Cargo is a mini drone that can reach speeds of 18 km/h and perform aerobatic manoeuvres. It is ultra-light 54 g, and can be controled via your smartphone or tablet.
6- Veho Digital Microscope
VMS-004D – 400x is a digital USB Microscope that allows you to see things magnified 400x , 2 Mega Pixels magnification and the ability to take a photo and video of the subject. It’s a cool and educational gadget that triggers the curiosity and encourages kids of all ages to discover nature and the environment around them.
7- Starwars BB-8 App-Enabled Droid with Force Band
BB-8 is an app-enabled Droid with an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands.
Like a Jedi Knight, you can control your BB-8 with just a wave of your hand and expand your abilities with Force Training.
8- Kano Computer Kit
A computer anyone can make. With simple steps and a storybook, you can build your own computer and bring it to life. For ages 6+ (no technical skills required).
With playful projects and challenges you’ll learn to code art, music, apps, games and more.
The package includes everything you need. Raspberry Pi 3, case, speaker, wireless keyboard, memory, HDMI and power cables, coding challenges, stickers and lots of apps. It can be connected to any HDMI screen.