7 Best Smart Educational Toys

Date : 4-25-2018

Top Picks For Smart Toys

How to choose the right smart toys for your kids that are age-appropriate, educational and fun.

The advances in smart technology mean adults have plenty of cool ‘toys’ to play with around the house. Like Bluetooth headsets, fitness wearables, and smart lighting that syncs with your music.

Your children deserve cool toys too. While there are dozens of smart toys available, they’re not always educational. Play is a huge part of a child’s learning process. It helps them to use their imagination and develop hand-eye coordination.

The right toys also help them work on their motor skills or problem-solving. Some toys can even help them develop empathy.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up the seven best smart educational toys. Remember to choose toys that are age appropriate… and have fun!

1.   Anki Cozmo Robot

Use Wi-Fi to connect Cozmo, a cute robot, to your smartphone. Your children can check Cozmo’s status on the smartphone app. They need to tune him up, feed him, and play with him. All by playing games or doing activities.

Sophisticated artificial intelligence powers Cozmo so he recognizes faces and develops a personality. According to the Anki website, Cozmo even decides based on his mood.

Cozmo isn’t cheap, but he’s cheaper than a puppy.

2. Playbrush

We’ve featured smart forks before. How about smart toothbrushes?

Insert a manual toothbrush into the Bluetooth-enabled base. The Playbrush sensors detect how your child uses the brush. It teaches them how to brush properly by turning it into a game.

They can earn rewards for brushing properly and regularly. Because you only need one handle, the whole family can use it. Even you.

3. LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker

Worried your child doesn’t get enough exercise? The LeapFrog LeapBand Activity Tracker might be the device for you.

It works like any other fitness wearable. Except this one shows animations to get your child to do exercises. The movements are kid-appropriate, like “pouncing like a lion.” Ten challenges come pre-loaded, but they can unlock 40 more.

It’s aimed at children aged 4-7.

4. Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS Personal Robot

Your child can assemble their own robot from over 1000 parts with the Meccano Personal Robot. Adding LED eyes and up to ten motors lets them explore their technical skills. The humanoid shape is the obvious form, but you can rebuild it in different forms.

Your child can control it using the free companion app. You can program its movements yourself, or it can capture your movements and copy you. Be aware it’s not suitable for those under 10.

5. The Moodsters Feelings Flashlight

Your child needs to learn more than motor skills and numbers. Understand emotions is also important as he or she grows up.

Help them learn to understand emotions using the Feelings Flashlight. It comes with a range of activities to help children learn about their feelings. The accompanying storybook makes bedtime more fun. It might not be ‘smart,’ but it’s an affordable way to aid their development.

6. Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet

It might seem strange including a tablet on a list of toys. But the Kids Edition of the Kindle Fire is one of the few devices aimed at kids. Get a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited with it. Then they can access hundreds of apps, games, and books with an educational slant.

If you’re worried about them spending too long on it, then don’t. You can set screen time limits and even educational goals. Its childproof case helps it withstand bumps.

Tablets, not your preference? Try the Kindle for Kids Bundle. This provides a regular e-reader designed for kids. It has no backlight so blue light from a screen won’t keep your children awake. And you can get thousands of children’s books. Use Vocabulary Builder and Word Wide with them to help them improve their reading.

7. Primo Toys Cubetto Coding Toy

This final toy isn’t ‘smart.’ But we’ve included it because it teaches children three and older the basics of coding.

The Cubetto Coding Toy teaches kids to make programs using a wooden control panel and blocks. These programs help Cubetto the robot navigate map play mats.

The Cubetto Coding Toy teaches kids to make programs using a wooden control panel and blocks. These programs help Cubetto the robot navigate map play mats.

We’ve covered a range of toys to suit budgets, preferences, and age ranges. Does your child still need mental stimulation? Use your SURE Universal Remote to flick over to your favorite streaming service. Find quality children’s programming and watch it together. Discussing the shows is still a great way for them to learn.

Over to you–which smart toys caught your eye?

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