Ready to challenge your kid with something fun and educational that can also prepare them for the future? Then start introducing them to the world of tomorrow with the tech toys of today. But with so many options to choose from including robots and animatronic pets to music, tablets, gaming devices, and coding toys, how do you know which is right for your tiny technophile? That's where our tech toy reviews come in.
Look below to find something that sparks your interest and click on the image to watch a video review and learn more about it. The videos cover what ages the toys are appropriate for, the features that will help keep them engaged and which additions and accessories are available to extend the excitement of the toy. With our video reviews, finding the perfect games and gadgets for your child to enjoy has never been easier.
from Thames & Kosmos $37.99
from Spin Master $59.99
from eKids $34.99
from WowWee $14.99
from Spin Master $49.99
from WowWee $14.84
from Spin Master $79.99
from Hexbug $29.99
from Circuit Scribe $99.99
from Hexbug $49.99
from Spin Master $97.00
from Bandai $59.99
How to Buy Tech Toys for Kids
Kids on the cutting edge are always looking for the latest and greatest in fun that today's technology has to offer. From radio control aircrafts and interactive robotic pets to virtual reality gaming, these toys keep getting more sophisticated, and because kids are fascinated by technology - and what they can do with it - a lot of these toys become appealing and favorites. Because this is an ever - evolving field, finding the perfect options can seem like an impossible task for parents and gift givers who want to stay on top of it all. That's why we've created this buying guide to help.
The first thing to think about when buying tech toys is the child's age and developmental level. This will ensure that designs are consistent with cognitive development, making it easy and fun for kids to work with.
Infants and toddlers
Electronic toys for babies and toddlers are made to be educational, durable and most of all, fun. Soft electronic pets, teaching stuffed animals, push and ride-on toys that play music or light up, electronic books, and musical learning blocks are all great examples of tech toys for this age. The interaction helps them learn about cause and effect while they're developing their fine motor skills. You'll definitely want to be aware of things like volume of sound. If something is going to be held to a child's ears, that's very important. Toys all meet very stringent decibel levels, but many toys, such as those from Vtech have additional volume adjustments.
Technology has become an integral part of elementary education, not just for fun. Options designed to help learn to code and educational tablets are perfect for this age group. If you're looking for pure fun, interactive creatures that can respond to your child's voice are always exciting for children in the elementary school age range. There are also beginning robotics kits that are appropriate for this age group.
Tweens, teens, and adults
There's a wide range of toys for the 'big' kid in your life. From gaming and virtual reality to advanced bots and high-flying drones and sophisticated robotics, the fun doesn't stop; it just 'grows up'. Many of these toys are designed for hobbyists as well as for play, so they'll have different levels of sophistication. Many also require the use of a smartphone or tablet. That's good because it leverages technology kids and adults already have and developers can invest more in putting features into the toys. The one thing to be aware of in this category is that as amazing as these inventions are, some of them have limited long-term play value. If you get a chance to try something out before you invest, you'll know if a toy is right for you or the person you're buying it for. Or, you can just watch our reviews. We'll always give you a sense of the repeat play value of a toy so you can make a determination if something is worth it for you.
Whether you're looking for the perfect birthday or holiday gift for a technologically advanced player or a toy to help introduce your child to the tech life, there is a vast array of options out there to choose from. Use our video reviews to help you find the perfect ones, no matter what age your child is, and then come back to find more options as their interests and experience grow.