For moms and dads looking for surprising Christmas gift ideas for their tech-savvy children, it’s important to know there are plenty of inventive, educational and entertaining products out there for tech-savvy kids. When it comes to tech-related presents, Kids Bedroom Ideas‘ editors have this amazing list with some of the best examples. Check them out!
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PlayOsmo Starter Kit
Osmo is an iPad accessory aimed at 5-13 year-olds, with a base that the tablet stands in, and a mirror that attaches to its top to turn your table into a “playing field”. That means children can place the supplied number or letter tiles, wooden puzzle pieces or their own drawings in front of the iPad to play Osmo’s learning and creativity games. It has lots of potential for future expansion.
Touch Board Starter Kit
The core is the actual Touch Board: an Arduino computer with 12 electrodes, that can be connected using “electric paint” – conductive paint that can be painted into other materials to turn them into sensors.
One more gift for Minecraft-mad children: this is for those who are playing Mojang’s game on a desktop computer rather than a console or mobile device. Gameband is a wearable band that, when plugged in via USB, backs up children’s Minecraft worlds, so they can take them to play at friends’ houses.
Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS Robot
Meccano’s humanoid(ish) robot is up there with Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 bot as a brilliant way into robotics for young makers. As with other devices in this roundup, there’s a companion app to control the G15, although children can also teach it through speech and movement.
Dot and Dash coding robots
Dot is the stationary one on the right that looks like a webcam, while Dash is its larger companion, capable of rolling around the room. Both are controlled by stringing together blocks of code in their companion apps, which aim to teach children first programming skills.
Kano’s device is based on the latest Raspberry Pi computer, augmented with a bright orange keyboard and software to get children making music, programming and even fiddling about with Minecraft.
Da Vinci Junior 3D Printer
For those parents wanting to let their children loose on the technology ahead of the crowds, the Da Vinci Jr is worth a try. It promises to avoid the calibration pains of more complex models and has its own online community for children to find interesting 3D designs to print.
SAM Science Museum Inventor Kit
The ScienceMuseum’s Inventor Kit aims to make it more accessible, with a box of sensors and buzzers that can be connected wirelessly and controlled via a companion app. Five projects, from sending Morse code to playing a drum machine, are included.
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet
If your children are constantly trying to get their hands on your tablet, it may make sense to buy them their own – with suitable rules about how much they use it, of course. Amazon’s child-focused tablet is well worth a look.
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