Technology never stops surprising us and one such latest surprise is related to touch-screen devices that are getting more popular even among kids apart from adults and professionals. The impact of these devices is so high that tech toys have overtaken the traditional toys.
A research firm, Michael Cohen Group (MCG) has released the results of its nationwide survey that had polled 350 parents enquiring about the play habits of their children under 12 years of age. The results of the poll revealed that 60% of parents have claimed that their child uses touch-screen tech toys. This has made touch-screen the most intuitive technology for children. On this note, let us have a look on some of the best tech toys:
9. LittleBits – Tech Toys
Available for $99 to $199, LittleBits is meant for children of 8 years and above. LittleBits are magnetized snap-together electronic building blocks. Kids can play with these blocks the way you played with traditional building blocks. These tech building blocks are tiny circuit and are color-coded. Blocks with different color codes have different functionalities like the blue blocks are power units. Pink are for controls, green blocks are outputs, etc.
LiitleBits provide your children a scope to broaden their imaginations as unlike traditional building blocks there are less limitation with LittleBits. Means, your kids can almost create anything that they can design in their imagination like they can create cars, mini boom boxes, airplanes, whirling dervishes, robots, and much more.
8. Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show
Available for $12 to $25, Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show can be enjoyed by kids of 6 years and above. Crayola is basically a touch-screen manifestation of the traditional drawing kit. In this tech toy, your kid will get colored pencils, a fashion sketch featuring models, and a free app. The game is to design clothes for paper models to create a drawing. After that, using the “Crayola My Virtual Fashion Show” app in a smart device, they have to click the photograph of their drawings.
The output of all this efforts will be the magical 3D appearance of the paper model inside the app. The 3D model, dressed in attire designed by your kid, will walk the runways in Milan, New York and Paris. This view will certainly enlighten and entertain your kid.
7. Tiggly Shapes
Available for $29.95, Tiggly Shapes is for kids between the age group of 2-4 years. Toddlers and preschoolers are made to play with blocks so that they can learn about the 3-D shapes through games. And Tiggly Shapes is an interesting tech toy in this regard where kids get to experience the traditional physical blocks integrated with exciting digital content.
Tiggly Shapes 3-D block set has a circle, a triangle, a square, and a star. All these shapes are made of plastic and have silicone touch points at their bottom. The blocks interact with the iPad screen to facilitate the play cum learning process of the kids. You also need to download three free apps: “Tiggly Draw,” “Tiggly Safari” and “Tiggly Stamp” to start the game.
Available for $149.95 to $399.95, MOSS can be enjoyed by children of 8 years and above. In this game, your children can build robots by connecting square blocks. These blocks are color-coded and perform different functions. MOSS makes robotics so easy and simple. No code writing or wiring, your kid just have to snap the blocks together with steel spheres and they will be able to build robots that can spin, crawl and move.Only after playing with these tech toys one can best understand its uniqueness and entertainment value. Likewise, there are many more tech toys to provide entertainment and a learning environment to your kids
5. Playskool Alphie
This classic from Hasbro has been updated for the 21st century and is still a hit with children in this age range. Available for a surprisingly low price, it is a great way for younger boys and girls to learn while having fun at the same time. While boys may be more interested in this robot, there is nothing saying a little girl would hate the idea of having a robot buddy.
4. LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet
This is better for boys and girls age four and five, but these days even some toddlers and three year olds have the skills to operate a touchscreen. This does require batteries – we recommend rechargeable batteries – but it has a lot of potential for growing with your preschool age child as they develop. At around $100, it’s a solid investment.
3. LeapFrog Scribble and Write
This is not as versatile as some of the other electronic learning toys on the market, but for the price it’s a great, fun way for preschool children to practice their numbers and letters with an etch-a-sketch style device that lets them print out letters and numbers. At around $20, it’s a great value and good for a preschool age boy or girl.
2. Pretend and Play School Set
Created by Learning Resources, this is a great way to get smaller children accustomed to the idea of school, even making it fun. Doing this can help them make the transition to school where they must interact in a social situation with other children. For the price, this is a great way to add a little extra to the imagination when “playing school” at home.
1. Vtech – V.Reader Animated E-Book System
Less expensive than a Kindle or other eBook reader, this is an eBook reader for kids that makes it fun for them to learn to read. They can interact with the screen as the story is read to them. Rechargeable batteries are recommended for the Vreader from Vtech.