6 Smart Tech Toys For Kids
The AAP recommends that children should engage with entertainment media for no more than one or two hours (of high-quality content only) per day, and we agree that young children learn best by interacting with people and real objects, not screens. It’s more important that for kids to spend time on outdoor play, reading, hobbies, and using their imaginations in free play.
Regardless, tech toys can be powerful learning tools if and only if the technology is integrated in a way that engages the child as an active participant in learning, not a passive recipient of entertainment. If the child can interact and manipulate the virtual environment, it gets our stamp of approval for that “high quality content” allotted time.
Here are our picks for toys that have integrated technology in an effective and educational way.
#1 – Tiggly (various products, ages range 2-8)
Tiggly toys interact with an iOS or Android app to help kids develop their fine motor and spatial reasoning skills alongside their language, math, and creative skills. Help kids learn about shapes AND computers by blending of the physical and digital world!
Tiggly Math: 3 to 7 years
Tiggly Words: 4 to 8 yearsThe conductive silicone is safe not only for your child but also for your tablet (and very compatible with screen protectors, if you’re still worried). This is one of the few app-enabled children’s products that we have found to be beneficial due to the hands-on interaction required.#2 – Crayola Easy Animator (ages 6-8)
Kids can essentially create custom animated videos using their own coloring book characters . Tracking markers recognize different poses of the mannequin, so that the character they color is tracked onto the motion of the mannequin. This means that the background and the kids themselves are not included in the final video.
poseable mannequin, mannequin stand, device stand,
12 Twistable Colored Pencils
Easy Animator app(iOs and Android)Although the characters cannot actually walk from place to place and change expressions, for this you will need:#3 – OgoBild Animate (ages 6+)
Kids can learn to build, direct and share their own animated films with this kit that combines OgoBILD constructive toys with the stop motion animation software from Aardman Animation Studios (the premier UK education stop-motion animation software and creator of Wallace and Gromit and Chicken run)
103 OgoBILD pieces, 1 Webcam, 1 step by step guide book and 1 certificate for a free download of the Aardman Animate It! Express software (available for Mac and Windows).
Ozobots are programmable robots designed to entertain while delivering life skills through creative play and gamified learning.
-rudimentary basics of programming
-critical and analytical thinking
-if/then and cause/effect logic
-collaborative teamwork and communication skills