Looking for gift ideas that will stimulate kids’ brains without boring them? Technology can elevate toys from mere fun to inspirational and even educational, allowing kids to have fun and learn at the same time. Tech toys not only offer fun and excitement, but they can promote interest in and develop logic, coding, critical thinking, and more. Out with the boring gifts that they’ll quickly forget about, and in with the cool tech gifts. Here are some of our top Cool Tech Gift Ideas for kids!
Merge Holographic Cube & AR/VR Headset Bundle
The Merge Holographic Cube and AR/VR Headset bundle provides an immersive augmented and virtual reality experience for kids that changes the way they learn, create, and play. At the core of the bundle is the MERGE Cube – which when combined with a smartphone and VR headset, allows kids to hold digital 3D objects, enabling an entirely new way to learn and interact with the digital world. They can explore a galaxy in the palm of their hand, hold fossils and ancient artifacts, explore a DNA molecule, investigate the Earth’s core, dissect a virtual frog, hold and share their own 3D creations, and so much more.
The Merge AR/VR Headset is made of soft, lightweight foam with adjustable lenses to fit virtually any face. It has more than 300 apps, games, and VR experiences within the Merge Miniverse portal. With so many fun ways to explore math, science, anatomy, engineering, and other subjects, this Merge bundle is a fantastic way to get kids engaged, curious, and excited about learning.
Edison Education STEM Robot V2.0
Edison is a super affordable and programmable robot that empowers kids to become not just coders, but inventors, problem solvers, and creative thinkers. Edison is a great way to introduce kids from the ages 4 to 16 years to STEM robotics and education. More than just a robot, Edison’s sensors and expandable build system open up pathways for learning across maths, computer science, critical thinking, engineering, design thinking, and more. Edison’s robotic capabilities can be unlocked with ease through simple barcode programs, and students can then progress through different programming languages as their skills increase.
Kids who love LEGO will love that Edison works with LEGO bricks. Edison has studs across the top, bottom, and sides that LEGO pieces can be attached to. The wheels can be removed and LEGO cross axles can be inserted to create new inventions. Multiple Edisons can even be connected together. New inventions are only limited by their imagination!
Something else that makes Edison great for kids of all ages is that it’s built to last. It’s even tough enough to withstand being driven over by a car!
DJI Tello Toy Drone With 720HD Video Camera
The DJI Tello Toy Drone was designed to be the most fun drone ever. This impressive little drone is a blast to fly, and capable of performing exciting aerial tricks on a whim. It doesn’t just fly though; it allows kids to see the world from a different perspective! Equipped with a built-in camera, Tello shoots 5MP photos and 720p videos that it can send directly to a smartphone. Two antennas make video transmission extra stable and a high-capacity battery offers impressively long flight times.
That’s not all though; the DJI Tello Toy Drone helps kids learn about drones with coding education! Play is an essential part of learning, so Ryze Tech made Tello programmable with Scratch, an MIT-developed coding system that allows kids and teens to learn the basics of programming while having fun. More advanced users can also develop software applications for Tello using the Tello SDK. With the Tello Edu app, users can also command Tello to perform corresponding movements by dragging coding blocks on their smart mobile device. They can also develop programming skills by playing games and completing levels.
Makeblock mBot V1.1
The Makeblock mBot V1.1 is an entry-level STEM educational robot kit that makes learning robot programming simple and fun. With just a screwdriver, the step by step instructions, and a study schedule, kids can build a robot from scratch and experience the joys of hands-on creation. As they go, they’ll learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts, get to grips with the fundamentals of block-based programming, and develop their logical thinking and design skills.
The mechanical body of the mBot is compatible with the Makeblock platform and most LEGO parts, while the electronic parts of it is developed based on the Arduino open-source ecosystem. This gives the mBot infinite extensibility, allowing kids to use a variety of mechanical parts and electronic modules needed to turn it into a "dream robot".
Sphero SPRK+ Edition
The Sphero SPRK+ Edition is a programmable robot ball designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding. Powered by the Lightning Lab app, the SPRK+ allows kids to easily learn programming, complete hands-on activities, and share their creations with a community. They might find themselves navigating a maze, programming a painting, mimicking the solar system, swimming across water, having a dance party… The only limit is their imagination.
Equipped with Bluetooth SMART and a strong scratch-resistant UV coating, SPRK+ takes hands-on learning up a notch. It allows students to connect with other users across the globe including makers, students, instructors, and parents - all learning on the same social platform. SPRK+ is great for fostering a love of robotics, coding, and STEAM principles, all through play.
RASTAR Red Ferrari 488 GTB VR + RC Car
This RASTAR GTB VR + RC Remote Control Car is inspired by the Ferrari 488. This officially licensed remote control car packs awesome features and hours of fun, into a 1:14 scale model. RASTAR’s range of supercars and hypercars are an awesome gift idea for kids or car enthusiasts who are looking for a realistic, working scale model.
It’s not just a basic remote control car though. What makes this toy even cooler and techier is the VR feature! The RASTAR Red Ferrari 488 comes with independent VR goggles and a removable camera, so kids can experience a first-person perspective from the car as they drive it with the remote control.