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!
Moochies Odyssey or Helix Smart Watch
Let's take a quick break from STEM toys for a moment and talk about a practical, yet cool, tech gift both parents and kids will appreciate. We're referring to the Moochies Odyssey or Helix Smartwatches! This is currently Australia's no.1 best-selling all-in-one 4G smartwatch phone for kids, which is designed and based around childhood safety. They are the ultimate choice for parents who want to keep their kids safe while giving them the freedom to explore and grow.
With the dangers that regular mobile phones have presented to kids over the years, Moochies has come up with a new solution that offers the child safety benefits of a mobile phone, without the potentially dodgy stuff. These watches offer two-way calling, video calling, texting, GPS, geo-fencing, sage list, SOS alerts and much more! There's no access to social media or the internet ensuring kids don't access things they shouldn't see or be contacted anyone not on the safe contact list.
Makeblock mBot V1.2
The Makeblock mBot V1.2 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 Mini Edition
The Sphero Mini Edition is a programmable robot ball designed to inspire curiosity, creativity, and invention through connected play and coding. The tiny, wildly popular app-enabled robotic ball now comes with even more to explore; and the Sphero Mini Activity Kit has everything little inventors need to get rolling, coding, and playing within minutes.
Kids can learn the fundamentals of STEM and coding by following the step-by-step activity cards with 15 challenges and games that offer hours of hands-on learning and play. This could look like building mazes, designing obstacle courses, constructing towers, playing croquet, and more! Additionally, they can drive and game with the Sphero Play App or code and learn with the Sphero Edu App.