The Top Tech Toys for Kids
Christmas is right around the corner, but there’s no need to panic just yet; you still have some time before Mr. Claus comes down your chimney. Remember those thoughts you had last year about trying to have all your Christmas presents purchased early so you aren’t left scrambling last minute? Let this year be the one that you start early and get all your shopping done before the holiday mall madness begins. Need some ideas to get yourself started? Here’s a list of some super cool tech toys to gift your kid who made it on this year’s good list.
If your kids like Apple’s Siri, they will love this toy! CogniToys Dino is an educational toy that is designed to be your child’s friend by engaging in interactive conversations. This Dino is Wi-Fi enabled, has cloud based technology and is recommended for kids aged 5-9 years old. This toy will learn your child’s name and will deliver responses based on your child’s age. You can play games, ask for bedtime stories, jokes, play music and do math. Press the button on the Dino’s belly to ask a question using some of the commands suggested on their website. CogniToys Dino retails for $99USD.
Barbie® Hello Dreamhouse™ is the cool tech forward house that we all wish we could live in. This house is Wi-Fi activated and recognizes over 100 voice commands. Some features include an elevator, a staircase that turns into a slide and custom sounds and songs that can be controlled through the accompanying app. You can ask the Dreamhouse to throw a dance party, have a fashion show and have a surprise birthday party. Wow, Barbie is stepping up her game. Barbie® Hello Dreamhouse™ retails for $299USD.
We are living in the day and age where all kids are learning to code in school and computers are an extension of themselves. Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar is toy for preschoolers to give them their first experience in coding. Kids are challenged to build a sequence that commands the caterpillar toy into certain actions like move forward, turn or make a sound. This toy is built for preschoolers 3-6 years in age and is intended to teach your kid how to problem solve, develop critical thinking and learn cause and effect. Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar retails for $59.99.
Are you looking for a way to encourage your kid to keep fit and have healthier habits? Leapfrog Leapband is the kid’s version of the Fitbit. It comes with an activity tracker and 50 challenges to get your kids up and moving. You get to choose a virtual pet and have a companion to get active with. Keep your virtual pet alive by choosing healthy snacks, grooming and caring for their pet. The Leapfrog Leapband retails for $29.99.
Have you ever thought it would be super cool to work for Nintendo and make your own video games? Bloxels is an innovative video game development platform that allows you to create your own video games. Super cool right? Using little pixel blocks you get to design levels and characters then upload them using your tablet’s camera. Yellow block are coins, green blocks is the terrain, blue is water and purple blocks are the enemy. Using the app you can then customize your characters and levels to see how they will look animated. Once you are finished your design you get to play your own game! Bloxels retails for $49.95USD
Wonder Workshop Dash is a real robot that is designed for kids to learn how to program using a coding language. Using the free app you can program Dash to move, dance, make sounds and light up. With accessories you can buy separately, Dash can be a launcher, play a xylophone or be a bulldozer. Dash has been introduced into some classrooms across Canada to teach children about coding and robotics. Wonder Workshops Dash is designed for children ages 8 and up retails for $199.
If your kid is a little inventor, and loves race cars or LEGO, then this is the perfect present for them. SAM Labs Curious Kit is a set that consists of wireless building blocks that you can program to function in many different ways. Start with building a race car, LEGO alarm, or a motorized bridge - with an active imagination the possibilities are endless. Each SAM Block uses Bluetooth to connect to the app where you can program patterns and behaviours. Check out the video above of a LEGO Starbucks Hot Coffee Maker Machine built with the Curious Kit. SAM Labs Curious Kit retails for $199USD
These are just a few tech toys that are available for kids to learn and be creative. Don’t you wish you had toys like these when you were growing up? Hopefully some of these toys will give you some ideas of what to get for your kid this year. Happy Holiday shopping!
Christine Chalkley, Marketing Coordinator
I love things that make me laugh including sitcoms, sketch comedy and anything my kid does. When it comes to parenting I take Amy Poehler’s advice: “Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.”