A few weeks ago, FashNerd.com launched its 2nd edition shoppable Christmas Gift Guide to a lot of excited hurrahs. With the hurrahs came the rain of questions,“what tech can I get my kid?” Always ready to please, we decided to have a little nosey around the tech aimed at children under 16 years. You will be delighted to know that we have managed to narrow our findings down to 3 must have gadgets that your tots and teens are bound to adore.
To our advantage, this is not the first time that we have sifted through tech for kids products, we actually stuck our finger into that pie back in 2015. For those who do not know, #DinkyNerds, powered by FashNerd.com, is all about educating parents on the latest technology products available for their little ones. We have written about many tech brands such as Technology will Save Us and reviewed products like the Alcatel OneTouch Watch.
With Christmas just around the corner we have handpicked 3 firm favourites from the jungle of tech toys that are currently out there. From our selected trio of toys, you will find a toy that will either encourage coding, building or experimenting. Now the question is, which of the three will kick start your child’s imagination.
CODE, BUILD, EXPERIMENT: Fisher Price’s Code-a-pillar
Want to encourage your preschooler to give their motor skills a good work out, then look no further than Fisher Price’s Code-a-pillar. The toy has easy-to-connect segments that can be connected in endless combinations. Running on 4 AA alkaline batteries, the Code-a-pillar has one motorized head and eight easy-to-connect segments. Every time your child changes and rearranges his or her segments, Code-a-pillar™ takes a different path forward, left, right or wherever the maker (that’s your child) chooses. Featuring lights, fun character sounds and blinking eyes the Code-a-pillar will encourage your tot to reach set targets by challenging him or her to configure the segments. What makes Code-a-pillar a great holiday investment is that it is a toy that will play a role in helping your child develop skills like sequencing, critical thinking, reasoning, discovery, memory, problem solving and experimentation.
Fisher Price’s Code-a-Pillar is priced $64.99 | Shop NOW
If you your child is older and seeks something more challenging then we want to introduce to you SPRK+, a robot that is all about connected play. Designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention, SPRK+ is powered by the Lightning Lab app. SPRK+ will teach your child programming, through hands-on activities that include navigating a maze, programming a painting, mimicking the solar system and so much more. Encouraging your child’s imagination to know no limits, SPRK+ and Lightning Lab will also give your child the opportunity to collaborate with others. Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a strong scratch-resistant UV coating SPRK+ takes hands-on learning to another level by sparking, in your child, a love for robotics, coding, and STEAM principles.
SPRK+ is priced $129.99 | Shop NOW
CODE, BUILD, EXPERIMENT: BoseBuild Speaker Cube
If you have a little scientist on your hands, then the BoseBuild Speaker Cube could be right up their street. More than just a speaker, we love this device because it will introduce to your child the very basic elements of sound and speakers. With the objective to educate your child in a way that they will have a deeper understanding of how a speaker works, Speak Cube will bring out the explorer within your kid. Rewarding curiousity, the Speaker Cube explores the following concepts; magnets and electromagnets, how sound works, how speakers work and frequency and waveforms. It all sounds great, the only downfall is that The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is currently only available to ship to US Customers.
The BOSEbuild Speaker Cube is priced $149.00 | Shop NOW
CODE, BUILD, EXPERIMENT: LittleBits
Experimenting is something that kids are good at, so why not encourage their mind to think beyond what’s possible with the help of LittleBits. LittleBits makes technology kits that are fun, easy-to-use, and infinitely creative. The kits are composed of electronic building blocks that are color-coded, magnetic, and make complex technology simple and fun. Empowering kids 8 years and over, be prepared to be amazed when you kid proudly puts together a wireless robot or a digital instrument. With various products on offer, we recommend that you take a look and pick the one that will have your little inventor thinking outside the box and beyond.
LittleBits prices start from $99.00 | Shop NOW