With so much on the market finding the perfect tech toy for kids is not as easy as it seems.
How do you find something that will inspire and is educational while at the same time is fun and exciting enough to prevent is from hiding away in the cupboard somewhere?
With nearly 10 years experience working with kids and technology as part of ComputerXplorers and owner of Digital Ninjas here are some ideas that will inspire and hopefully point you in the right direction this Christmas.
An innovative STEM toy that allows children to explore science, technology, engineering and maths, while having fun and developing their creativity and imagination.
There are five different robots to build, from a humanoid robot named Vernie to Frankie the cat, a guitar and a forklift.
Lego Boost uses a block based programming language aimed at 7 to 12 year olds so great for boosting coding skills.
The app runs on modern iPads or Android devices and recently on Kindle Fire but do check the spec of your device before buying.
Buy Lego Boost on Amazon
The latest edition to the Sphero family is the Sphero Bolt. A little bit pricier than some of its predecessors. It has advanced sensors to monitor speed and directions and an LED matrix that animates and displays real time data. A great device for getting kids engaged in coding and robotics.
Take a look at their website to explore all the options.
Osmo for iPad
Osmo is an excellent iPad accessory pack that has several fun and educational activities and lots of coding options. There’s a stand, and the camera attachment allows your iPad to see the table in front of it where you will place the blocks.
Kids are challenged to make different shapes, spell words, trace pictures, and play physics-based and coding games. It’s really well-designed and lots of fun with three different coding games.
The Kano Computer is a complete build-your-own computer kit step by step. Connect the board, buttons and pieces and learn how they work.
It’s based around the Raspberry Pi and has lots of interesting software to encourage your child into coding, making music and creating apps.
Easy to follow instructions and very accessible. Buy Kano Computer Kit on Amazon
Star Wars littleBits
littleBits is a system of electronic building blocks that snap together to turn ideas into inventions. This official Stars Wars tie-in means that budding engineers can create their very own droid and bring it to life.
littleBits are very sturdy, great for small fingers and with clear instructions for putting R2 together means that it’s a sure fire winner for budding engineers and Star Wars fans. It can also be customized and reconfigured, and you can control it via an app on your iPhone or Android.
Buy Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit on Amazon
The micro:bit is a very affordable, pocket sized computer which was launched by the BBC to get kids into coding. It has lots of different programming options and since it’s launch there are now hundreds of different coding projects for kids to try as well as compatible accessories to link to the micro:bit. There are lots of great ideas and tutorials on the micro:bit website.
Digital Ninjas children’s birthday parties are the perfect combination of learning and fun.
Covering Edinburgh, the Lothians and the Central Belt we offer a fantastic range of birthday party packages from CSI and Spy parties to Minecraft, Lego® Robotics and Tipi Sleepovers.
We come to you at your home or party venue.