Every year there are new tech toys for kids on the hottest most wanted list and parents run around in December trying desperately to get hold of sold out toys. If it moves, flies or makes noise, it’s sure to be a hit. Some of the ideas for new toys on the market will have you scratching your head and thinking what will they come up with next?
There are loads of interactive toys that are perfectly designed to minimise screen time, or even get them a little more involved with their favorite technology. From coding wands to robot unicorns, check out the list below of the hottest tech toys for kids in 2019.
1. Kano Coding Kits
The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit is an incredibly colourful and engaging way to encourage your child to start learning code. Ideal for Harry Potter fans, kids first have to make the wand and then code it to perform spells. You can make feathers fly and pumpkins grow all while learning to code. Star Wars fans can move their hands to swing lightsabers and pilot starships while Frozen fans can conjure up a castle!
2. Sphero Ring Specdrums
Developed by Sphero, Specdrums are a new set of musical rings that have kids producing entire songs. Simply put on the rings, connect to the app and start mixing your loops and beats. Kids can use the Specdrum play pad or any other objects they tap their fingers on. The rings also work with software such as Garageband and connect via Bluetooth. They have an inbuilt accelerometer, light sensor, and LEDs.
3. GeoSmart Flip Bot
GeoSmart Flip Bot is a finalist in the Toy Industry Association 2019 Construction Toy of the Year. Kids love magnets and building cars, so the creators have found a way to combine the two. There are 30-pieces in the set that connect to make a remote controlled vehicle that you can spin, zoom and flip over.
4. Osmo Coding Jam
A fantastic gift for tweens, the Osmo Coding Jam kit makes learning to code fun, with interactive games that link with the Cosmo Jam app. The different coding blocks can be arranged into new patterns and designed to make unique musical beats come from the app, great for kids who are tech-savvy and can’t get enough of the latest hits.
5. 3Doodler Start
If your child has grown out of the stage where there is nothing better than drawing, the 3Doodler is the perfect gift to reignite a little of that creativity. 3D printers are all the rage at the moment, and the handy 3Doodler pen can give your tween a little taste of the magic, with a pen that can draw fantastic 3D models and toys.
6. littleBits Base Inventor Kit
For kids that like inventing things and tinkering with electronics, littleBits is an amazing gift. This new kit lets kids make more than a dozen projects including a giant clamp and bat. Kids can get more invention ideas and share their creations with the littleBits community.
7. Garmin Vivofit JR
The Garmin Vivofit JR is an activity tracker created for children, with additional interactive activities, games, and reminders. The band is child-sized, and fits comfortably on the wrist, where your child can then keep track of their activity levels, and receive reminders from their parents via the app. A fantastic gift for tweens to keep active, and ensure that they get their chores done! The watches come in various themes including Disney Princess, Spiderman Star Wars, Avengers and Mickey Mouse.
8. Zoomer Enchanted Unicorn
A beautiful interactive toy, the Enchanted Unicorn by Zoomer is both fun to play with, and incredibly engaging. Dancing, singing, and prancing into the hearts of horse-loving children, as a gift for kids who love unicorns, this is ideal. The toy comes with multiple different accessories that children can use to interact with the sweet robotic unicorn.
9. Merge Cube
The MergeCube is one of the most unique tech toys that will engage your child’s imagination, giving them countless exciting activities right in the palm of their hand. Using incredible new technology, the MergeCube augments reality, allowing kids to interact with the virtual world by using the app to place different 3D images onto the cube that they can then explore.
10. VTech Star Wars First Order Stormtrooper Smartwatch
Smartwatches for kids are hot at the moment and the Vtech First Order Stormtrooper is the latest addition. A must for any Star Wars fan, the watch has lots of games such as a voice changer, sound effects and photo fun. It actually has a calculator, alarm and calendar and of course, is a watch! A fantastic tech gift for tweens that is extremely popular. VTech products are known for their ability to engage kids with fun interactive learning opportunities, proving special tech toys for kids of all ages.
11. Lego Boost
Increase the complexity of your child’s Lego as they go through the tween years with the fantastic Lego Boost set, an interactive kit that helps children to learn the basic aspects of code as they play. The kit features 840-pieces, 5 possible models, and a buildable robot, that when built, will move around the room using distance and motion detectors.
12. Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit
Encouraging creative learning, problem-solving, and the development of engineering skills, the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit is an exciting gift that will help children to develop their crucial skills. Using the easy to understand instructions in the kit, kids can build their own fully controllable Star Wars themed droid, or create a brand new interactive droid using the parts included.
13. Meccano Max
Meccano Max is a challenging building project that is an ideal gift for tweens that enjoy engineering, with the chance to really put their building skills to the test. The kit builds a fully interactive, and very curious, little robot for children to play with. The robot can be further programmed by children, with different customizable features, and a special personality that will engage inquisitive young minds.
14. Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game
Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game is a fantastic gift for little gamers who love to build and create their own worlds in-game, turning that creativity into an interactive activity. Making video games a little more hands-on, the kit comes with 320 different coloured blocks that kids can place on the grid to design their own game with the accompanying app.
15. i-Loom Starter Pack
Combining the traditional art of the loom, with modern technology, the i-Loom starter pack is the perfect gadget for tweens who can’t get off their tablets. The loom machine that comes with the kit fits perfectly to many different models of tablet, with the app providing both simple, and complex loom patterns that tweens can follow to create their own friendship bracelets.
16. LilGadgets Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
Designed solely for the children’s market with fun colourful designs, these wonderful LilGadgets headphones provide a high-quality sound through wireless Bluetooth. This eliminates the common problem of tangled wires. Fitted with soft cushioning, and easily adjustable, the headphones are ideal for long trips when children are engrossed in their own movies or games. The headphones also have the standard child-friendly volume limits to protect hearing.
17. Anki Overdrive Starter Kit
The Anki Overdrive Starter Kit combines the classic fun of electric race tracks, with the excitement of laser tag. The kit comes with supercars that can be controlled using a smartphone, and the racetrack battlefield that can be customised, to up the challenge of the game. A fun and engaging game that your children will be desperate to set up and start playing.
18. Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid with Star Wars Force Band
The Sphero Star Wars BB-8 Droid is easily one of the most wanted Star Wars toys on the market, and a very easy winner for any young Star Wars fan. Controlled via a tablet or smartphone, the holographic images and interactive features bring a whole new level of excitement to the classic controllable toy.
19. WowWee – MiP the Toy Robot
MiP the Toy Robot from WowWee is an interactive toy robot that can respond to the sound and movement of your child. Much like many of the recent tech toys, the robot can be controlled via an app, and comes with an extensive range of features and a very unique personality that will immerse your child in a new type of play.
20. Klutz LEGO Chain Reactions Craft Kit
Lego is one of the most ideal gifts and with the Reactions Craft Kit you can really help to develop your child’s creative side, a real winner when it comes to Lego toys. Using basic physics, children will be able to create exciting moving toys, and machines that can perform different functions.
Last update on 2020-03-31 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API