2020 has been a rough one for kids as they’ve probably had to make some huge sacrifices in wake of the pandemic and school closings. Luckily, hope is on the horizon as the first coronavirus vaccines have been administered! Many children have interacted with technology, as it pertains to remote learning, in very different ways than they had before. This means a tech item might be just the thing they want and need!
A new year is right around the corner and there’s no better way to set your kid up for success than by pairing them with tech that will make their life easier and more enjoyable. From affordable laptops tablets (which they are probably asking for) to innovative toys, we have found some of the best tech items to foster learning and, of course, plenty of fun! Happy New Year and happy shopping!
$56 at the time of publication
For just $56 get two Tile Pros for that kid in your life who is always losing his backpack. Whether it be their keys or even their wallet, the Tile Pro makes it so that they aren’t turning their room upside down looking for their very important items. The Tile Pro is the perfect tech item this year that uses Bluetooth technology to find whatever it’s attached to within 400 feet. Help your kids keep up with all their important items!
$49.91 at the time of publication
Desk York Adjustable Laptop Stand is perfect for all of your kids tech devices and can be used on just about any surface. If your kid can’t seem to sit still or hates sitting for long periods of time, this adjustable stand would be the ideal gift. They’ll enjoy standing while doing homework or doing said work from multiple places with this very functional item.
$311.21 at the time of publication
If you don’t trust your kid with a very pricey laptop, you’re not alone. Thankfully, there are more affordable options than a MacBook that boast some pretty incredible features that kids love. The Acer Chromebook Spin 311 Convertible Laptop comes complete with a touch screen, a keyboard, but also has the ability to convert into a notebook. It’s also lightweight and has Bluetooth capabilities. Any kid would love getting this tech item for school and leisure.
$31.98 at the time of publication
For younger kids, there’s plenty of tech out there that are disguised as toys to foster learning and build valuable skills. The Thinking Pad is a great example of an item for youngsters that bridges the gap between tech and toy in a beautiful way. If you’d like for your kid to get a headstart before attending school, this would certainly be the tech item for your family.
$199.99 at the time of publication
Here’s another item in the same vein as the previous one! Get that special little one in your life some tech with this ANIMAL ISLAND Aila Sit & Play Virtual Early Preschool Learning System. According to Amazon, this “high-quality educational toy was developed by educators and innovators for early learning when it matters the most.”
$129.99 at the time of publication
The Kindle Paperwhite is an superb piece of tech for kids who are already reading. Plus, it’s waterproof — so it will withstand a juice accident. Reading is such an essential part to learn and grow. Give the gift of reading to your child to help transport them to fantasy worlds or to study up for a big test.
$24.99 at the time of publication
This Robot can play guessing games with its owners and helps children learn about different animals. Not only does that interactive learning help with cognitive development, but the robot also sings and dances and so much more. Kind of cute, right? This tech is from the future and your little ones will love it.
$19.88 at the time of publication
It’s technology without all the bells and whistles. Gift your child this Christmas with the LeapFrog 2-in-1 Leaptop Touch. The “leaptop” has five learning modes that help kids learn their ABCs, numbers, games, music, and messages. Parents can also customize the laptop to help their children learn how to spell their names. At around $20 this tech toy for kids is a steal.
$69.99 at the time of publication
A popular tablet among toddlers today is this Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. Not only does it come with a kid-proof case, but also a year-long subscription for Amazon Kids+ which houses over “20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, Disney, and more.” This tech-meets-toy will provide hours of educational entertainment for your kids’ growing brains.
$229 at the time of publication
If your family doesn’t live near or isn’t seeing grandparents at the moment, a great way for kids to connect with them is the Facebook Portal Plus. Not only do they have a 15.6” touch screen display but it is also compatible with other Alexa devices and the “smart camera automatically pans and zooms, keeping everyone in the frame while you move and talk freely.” That means this piece of tech is also a great gift for grandparents!
$42.72 at the time of publication
Here’s another piece of tech for young kids that encourages learning while also allowing them to have loads of fun. This smART Pixelator encourages STEAM learning and creativity while empowering “kids to pixelated any design and build 2D and 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights, and a variety of creativity tools.” How cute!
$109.99 at the time of publication
Do you have kids who love filming and creating movies? If so, then this VTech KidiZoom Creator Cam would be the perfect gift for them. It comes with 20+ animated backgrounds pre-uploaded that will allow kids to act like they are getting chased by a T-Rex, going to outer space, or become invisible with the included green screen fabric. Tech meets art in this very fun tech item.
$96.99 at the time of publication
Sphero SPRK+ is designed to be a rolling robot that “inspires creativity and curiosity through coding and play.” The best part is that this piece of tech is so fun, your kids will not even know they are learning important information that could help them later in life. According to Amazon, Sphero SPRK+ “programmable sensors include a gyroscope, accelerometer, motor encoders, and colorful LED lights to create countless play experiences and coding conditions for all levels.”
$95.99 at the time of publication
Now, this is a piece of tech built for any age. This VicTsing WiFi Wireless Bluetooth Mini Projector with Tripod gives you the benefits of a big-screen television but all you need is this, a smartphone, and wifi. If your teens love having sleepovers and watch parties, this would be an amazing option. Further, if you have younger children, you can use this tech to display their favorite Disney movies and more in their playroom (or any room).
$91.99 at the time of publication
With its five-day battery life, Fitbit Inspire tracks steps, distance, hourly activity, active minutes, and calories burned. If you have athletic children who are, say, on the cross-country running team, this would be a useful tech gift that they’ll love. You might even want one for yourself! Embarrass your kid by buying and wearing a matching one! We endorse!
$29.99 at the time of publication
We can’t get over these cute little robots and we think the same will be true for your children! This one speaks, dances, sings, records, responds to touch, and really brings the fun. Give your kids a tech friend they can call their own with this REMOKING Robot Toy! They’ll spend hours interacting and learning valuable STEM concepts.
$32.99 at the time of publication
“Besides as a wireless microphone, BONAOK microphone can be used as a speaker and a recorder, with colorful LED light,” Amazon describes this magical tech item. If one of your children is a songbird or justs likes to play-sing with their friends, this would be the jazziest tech gift you could give.
$59.99 at the time publication
You’ll need to already own an iPad, but this set helps children learn their alphabet in a fun and interactive way. As Amazon writes, the Marbotic Smart Letters will help kids “learn how to read and write with ease. It contains 26 wooden uppercase letters that are usable with our 4 free educational apps.” Amazing! It’s a great tech accesory that turns your tablet into a powerful learning tool!
$27.99 at the time of publication
These little Bluetooth speakers are small but mighty, waterproof, produce high definition sound, and they come in a pack of two! Basspal is an affordable portable speaker option that costs a fraction of what competitors are charging. If your kids’ favorite form of exercise is dance, these speakers will bring the bass!
$149.25 at the time of publication
Tech is bringing a classic to life! As Amazon states, all you have to use is your Nintendo Switch system to control a real-life Mario Kart. How fun is that? If your kid already has a Nintendo Switch, this is likely the toy they desperately want to play with it. This piece of tech is a bit of a splurge, but your little ones will love it.
$21.44 at the time of publication
This Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Game and PIzza Party Set combined every kid’s favorite things: pizza and games. Your toddler will have so much fun with this pizza-inspired toy that will also help strengthen motor skills, hand-eye coordination, and will teach them how to count and about shapes and colors! Although this isn’t “high tech” it is the appetizing tech we can really get behind!
$23.24 at the time of publication
“Build a robot that walks along a tightrope thanks to a motorized gyroscope unit,” Amazon says. This is a gift of learning and fun, meaning it doesn’t get much better than this piece of tech right here. Give this “gyrobot” to the gadget-obsessed kid in your life and they just might end up interested in physics, engineering, or robotics!
$148.99 at the time of publication
If your kid is remote learning, it’s a great idea to make sure they’ve got a great pair of headphones to listen to lectures and participate. TheBeats Solo3 Wireless On-Ear Headphones offer so much style to go with their excellent sound. Responsible kids will enjoy this fabulous piece of tech for years to listen to music, audiobooks, podcasts, and more!
$26.99 at the time of publication
This KOKODI LCD Writing Tablet is the perfect place to draw, write, and more. It comes with its own stylus and is erasable. This tech gift will not only make your arty toddler feel cool with their own tablet, but it’s also eco-friendly and mess-free! Wouldn’t have loved getting this piece of tech as a kid?
$29.99 at the time of publication
Allow your children to play games and interact with Boxer, an interactive A.I. robot. As Amazon describes, Boxer has a big personality,” so “get to know the small robot who delivers big fun! This quirky Bot comes with 10 game cards and expresses a full range of emotions!” Tech has evolved so much! We think the whole family would love this friend-bot.
$269 at the time of publication
These Bluetooth Bose headphones are a splurge, but if one of your kids is a serious music-lover or is a member of the AV club, you can’t find a more trusted brand. These are such comfortanble headphones that live up to Bose’s reputation! Your kid will not be disappointed.
$74.99 at the time of publication
For those little ones on your list who have an iPad (or you share your own), this is a great way to make sure their screen time is as educational as possible. Osmo is complete with fun-filled and award-winning learning games that allow children to “interact with actual handheld pieces, bringing a child’s game pieces and actions to life.” What a smart toy that marries tech with hands-on learning.
$99.99 at the time of publication
Give your child the gift of even more music in the year to come with this new and innovative audio player for kids, Toniebox. Use the characters that come with the Toniebox to stop and start the tunes and the other additional buttons to adjust the volume and change the song. And get this, you can also use it for bedtime stories. How sweet is this amazing piece of tech?
$12.99 at the time of publication
If your kid has a smartphone, this screen magnifier will allow them to see even more of the content they love. This innovative piece of tech is perfect for households that don’t have a TV or shares one. It’s also great when your children have company over and they want to watch movies with friends. Problem solved!
$49.99 at the time of publication
Allow your kids to bring their creations to life with this 3Doodler Start Essentials—3D Pen Set. As Amazon assures its customers, this 3D pen was “designed with no hot parts and is completely safe for kids aged 6 and older. The pen nozzle and plastic can be touched with no burn risks and it uses only the safest 3Doodler Start plastic filaments.” This is tech that will celebrate your child’s creativity which is the greatest gift of all!
$43.99 at the time of publication
Does your youngster want a smartwatch just like you? Well, we got you covered with this VTech KidiZoom Smartwatch that also has a selfie camera, voice recorder, and other cool features that kids will enjoy. This tech will make your kid feel all grown up while still being able to be a goof!
$39.93 at the time of publication
“Build amazing gadgets and games with lights, sounds, and sensors using the modular system and microprocessor” provided to you by Smart Circuits. With over 50 potential circuits and thousands of different ways to build something, Smart Circuits mixes science with endless fun. Tech that teaches is always such a rewarding gift for kids and this one is suitable for those aged eight years or older.
$127.99 at the time of publication
Would it surprise you to learn that your kids can build their very own robot? Well, now they can, thanks to this piece of tech created by LEGO. This award-winning STEM learning toy allows kids to be exposed to the “creative world of coding” all the while having fun “building, learning, and programming robots.”
$729.97 at the time of publication
Are you looking to help your child take their education to the next level? The surface pro acts as both a computer and a tablet. From taking notes to getting creative, this Microsoft Surface Pro 6 has the ability to meet kids’ needs. Of course, you’re only want to give a responsible child a nice item like this, but it will make online learning easier and more smooth for them.
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$329 at the time of publication
Now, this piece of tech is sure to make a special kid very, very happy. Because we included a couple of items run on iPad, we thought it was appropriate to also include one on this list. The Apple iPad is so much more than just a tablet. It can be a book for that avid reader, a place to take notes or a place to bring their creative ideas to life! It’s excellent for students in and out of class and can be used for leisure or strictly to learn. You make the rules!
A tech gift for your child can open up worlds of possibility in the form of a toy or a device that offers more utility. With more of us separated by the pandemic, these tools can help children connect with classmates, teachers, friends, family, and more. Further, the toys on this list promote learning and many offer skills found in the STEM disciplines, which we definitely should encourage children to do!
We hope you found an excellent gift that will make your kids’ new year even better. As kids become more and more tech-literate at younger ages, chances are they want gifts that will allow them to do things that we only imagined of doing as kids. Make their year with these awesome tech toys!
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