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Top Tech Toys for Kids, Tweens & Teens
Technology is an integral part of everyone’s day to day life. As parents, we balance the need for our kids to have the tech skills to succeed in classrooms (and their future careers) with the need to limit screen time. In this Jersey Family Fun gift guide, we want to focus on technology that either brings families together, encourages kids to be active, or helps our kids have fun while learning. Below we will feature the top tech toys for kids, tweens, and teens that does just that. For information on having your tech product for teens, tweens, and gifts featured here please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Top Tech Toys for Preschoolers
We are sharing our 2017 picks for the top tech toys for kids, preschoolers ages 3-5 years old.
Meet the Dino, STEMosaur, by CogniToys
The customizable smart toy that doubles as a learning tool for kids. From telling jokes to providing answers to questions in a range of subjects, STEMosaur provides educational and kid-friendly fun for the whole family. STEMosaur is also equipped with an easy-to-use coding panel that allows children to learn coding basics and code content into their very own toy!
Use this link to buy the Dino, STEMosaur, by CogniToys on Amazon for about $120.
A NEW, app-connected toy that uses Augmented Reality (AR) to enhance traditional creative play and stimulate learning. Home Designer acts as a virtual play-or-dollhouse, allowing children to design their own homes, add furniture, and interact with characters for storytelling, open-ended play and learning.
Young children will first open Home Designer to find 51 erasable & customizable flashcards and 12 erasable markers. As they begin to color and customize their designs on the flashcards, they will then use a smartphone or tablet to scan them and bring them to life (via AR). Children can play and interact with their designs in fully functioning 3D designer homes – all while learning new words, improving phonics and developing basic spelling skills!
Utopia 360° 4D+ Augmented and Virtual Reality bundles, Animal Zoo
Experience the most fun and interactive way to learn animal names, sounds and spelling with ReTrak’s 4D+ Utopia 360º VR Headset and Animal Zoo Augmented Reality Cards bundle. Capture fun augmented reality photos of each animal in your real-world environment and immerse yourself in a 360° VR experience surrounded by herbivores and carnivores galore.
The bundle includes a Utopia 360° VR headset and 31 interactive cards for an immersive 4D experience.
Use this link to buy the 4D Animal Zoo on Amazon for about $16.
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2
The perfect tech for kids, Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 lets them take pictures, videos, play games, tell time and more! Featuring a new sleek and stylish design, this durable smartwatch includes 55 digital and analog customizable watch faces to help kids learn to tell time. This smartwatch features two cameras that allow children to capture everything from action video to selfies that can be customized in the Silly Yourself app and made into new watch faces.
Includes an assortment of new games including Monster Catcher, which uses the camera and augmented reality to help kids find and capture monsters in the real world. Kids can also use the watch’s motion sensor for active play challenges or to track steps. Using the included Micro-USB cable, upload photos and videos as well as recharge the battery. Ages 4+ years.
Use this link to buy the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2 on Amazon for about $48.
Top Tech Toys for Kids
I’m so excited for tech toys like these. Many are on my 9 year old’s Christmas list for 2017. Here are our picks for the top tech toys for kids, 6-10 years old.
LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition
Explore, play, imagine and create with the LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition. The tablet is packed with kid-appropriate on-board learning content including 20 learning games that explore a range of subjects and skills and a free trial of LeapFrog Academy™. Play anywhere with LeapFrog Academy, an interactive learning program for 3-6 year olds that guides them on a variety of fun Learning Adventures. Through a well-rounded curriculum, they’ll explore a blend of traditional school subjects with creativity, problem solving and social-emotional skills.
You’ll also have access to the LeapFrog® Learning Library that includes hundreds of games, apps, videos and music. Plus, our exclusive Just for Me™ learning technology personalizes select games so children can learn at the right level. Kid-safe right out of the box, the LeapSearch™ web browser lets kids safely surf the Internet and parental controls allow Mom and Dad to set time limits, manage apps and services, and add features such as Android apps as each child is ready. Uniquely designed to grow with children, this tablet offers endless learning and creative play. Ages 3-9 years
Use this link to buy the LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition on Amazon for about $95.
Connect, share and play with KidiBuzz, the hand-held smart device for kids! Send texts, photos, drawings and animated stickers over Wi-Fi to mom, dad and a parent-approved contact list using the KidiConnect™ app. They can also push the talk button and send quick voice messages. Check out popular pre-approved websites through the kid-safe web browser or download popular Android™ apps.
It’s also a multimedia player for listening to music and watching favorite videos online. Kids can explore silly stamps, frames and photo effects and use them to capture fun pictures and selfies or make their own videos with the 180 degree rotating camera. KidiBuzz is preloaded with more than 40 exciting learning games and awesome apps. Perfect for kids on the go, its bumpers and shatter-safe screen let them take it anywhere. The KidiBuzz smart device is made for fun, and made for kids! Ages 4-9
Use this link to buy the Vtech KidiBuzz on Amazon for about $89.
National Geographic My Town Personalized Puzzle
While not your ‘typical’ tech toy, I loved how National Geographic uses technology to create arial maps for different neighborhoods. You can then order a puzzle personalized to your town. The best part, the puzzle piece where your home is located is shaped like a home.
More details coming soon.
Use this link to buy the National Geographic My Town Personalized Puzzle for about $15.
Top Tech Toys for Tweens
Take a look at what we’ve discovered so far for our picks for high tech toys that tweens 10-12 will think are terrific.
BRIXO Building Blocks
Brixo are LEGO-compatible building blocks that bring designs to life with electronic sensors and motors. There are six types of blocks. Trigger blocks respond to sound, proximity and light, and act as sensors. Connector blocks conduct electricity without wires. Power blocks are Bluetooth-enabled, allowing them to be programmed and controlled via iOS devices (the Droid app is coming soon). Light blocks illuminate in different colors. Magnet blocks are used to operate the proximity switches. Motor blocks are geared electrical motors that bring models to life.
AR Wonder, T-Rex Dinosaur DNA
This award winning and innovative kit is where the prehistoric and the modern worlds collide. Bring dinosaurs to life through Augmented Reality. Excavate and build your very own glow-in-the-dark T-Rex model. Collect the buried DNA to complete the double helix chain on the supplied mat. Using the free Dino Codes app (Google Play or iTunes), scan the mat with your mobile device bringing this prehistoric beast to life. Take photos and videos of yourself interacting with T-Rex and instantly share via email, text, or social media. Host a prehistoric party and have guests get their picture taken with a virtual dinosaur! Triceratops and Stegosaurus also available and sold separately.
Use this link to buy the AR Wonder, Dinosaur DNA sets on Amazon for about $23.
Crayola Fashion Superstar
Kids can unleash their inner designer and build their own virtual closet by designing over 1,000 custom fashion combinations. The fun app experience lets kids enter fashion challenges, unlock new levels, win rewards, earn “likes” for their creative designs and experience the exciting process of creating just like a real designer; first by coloring designs on paper and then bringing them to life within their digital fashion world. Recommended for ages eight and up.
Use this link to buy the Crayola Fashion Superstar on Amazon for about $12.
Lighted Drone, Sharper Image
Watch their faces light up this season with the Lighted Drone. The illuminated, 6-axis gyro allows it to do 360° rolls and flips at the touch of a button. It’s easy to fly, takes off from any surface, and features a protective cage around the main blades. Fiber optic LEDs create a futuristic blue-green glow that lights up the darkness.
Use this link to buy the Lighted Drone by Sharper Image on Amazon for about $70.
Top Tech Toys for Teens
Here’s a first look at our picks for the top tech toys for kids, teenagers ages 13-16 years old.
HP Sprocket 2-in-1
About the size of a smartphone, this printer goes anywhere. It can easily fit into your bag or backpack, and it’s so light you’ll barely notice it’s there. The HP Sprocket 2-in-1 has seamless Bluetooth connectivity that allows friends to connect and wirelessly print from the printer. With up to 313 x 400 dpi (dots per inch) color resolution you’ll get high-quality instant photos. The paper is easy to load. Open the top of the printer, drop paper in, and start printing. Get started right away with the included 10-sheet pack of photo paper. Easily print your photos from social media. Connect your social media accounts to the HP Sprocket App and instantly turn any of those photos into colorful prints. The built-in 5 MP camera is equipped with LED dual color flash allowing you to capture and print photos in the moment. Using the HP Sprocket App you can easily customize your photo before printing it. Tap the edit button to add a filter, frame, sticker, text, emojis, or to crop your image.
Here’s what’s included with the HP Sprocket 2-in-1:
- HP Sprocket Photo Printer
- USB cable, wriststrap
- HP ZINK Sticky-Backed photo paper (10-sheets)
- Warranty sheet
- Regulatory sheet
Creative Halo Bluetooth speaker with programmable LED light show
Enjoy a radiant convergence of sight and sound with the Creative Halo! This portable Bluetooth speaker comes with a fully programmable, infinite tunnel light show that can dance along to your music. It is made of a comfortable fabric, boasts up to 8 hours battery life, and also functions as a speakerphone. With 16.8 million colors to choose from, the Halo’s lights can pulse along with your music, provide a calming glow, spin, blink, or simply shine the way you want it to. Choose from 12 mesmerizing halo effect patterns that can be activated by pushing a button or through the Xpectra Lightshow Control App!
Use this link to buy the Creative Halo Bluetooth speaker on Amazon for about $70.
We appreciate tech toys that are fun, safe, and educational for kids. Coming soon, we’ll be sharing our picks for the best tech toys for children ages 7-10.
If you liked our picks in this guide, please be sure to visit our other gift guides for this holiday season.