While aimlessly strolling up and down the toy aisles at Target, I couldn’t help but overhear a fellow mom. She was mumbling to herself about finding something tech-related for her children. Typically, I wouldn’t intervene, but I could relate. I was searching for something creative for my own toddler. When I approached the mom and asked her what exactly she was searching for, she laughed and said, “I wish I knew. Something fun, yet educational, I guess.” After we talked some more, we went our separate ways. However, I kept thinking about how she didn’t know what she was looking for.
For babies, sometimes the simplest toys help them learn the most. But as babies grow up, there are cool (and educational) tech toys and gadgets to consider. If you’re looking to buy tech gifts for kids—whether for a birthday gift or an everyday learning activity—but aren’t sure where to begin, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites by age.
Tech Gifts for Toddlers & Preschoolers
LeapFrog has been a staple in our household. It comes with educational apps that are already installed and LeapSearch which is a kid-friendly browser. What's even better is kids will have access to a 3-month trial of LeapFrog Academy that takes them on learning adventures.
This interactive and educational toy is great for your younger kids who are still learning the alphabet. Featuring all 26 letters and accompanying words that begin with them, your kids will love pressing the buttons. It comes with 8 learning options and the ability to move the hand on the clock so your kids can also learn about time.
Tech Gifts for Kids
If you're familiar with an Etch-a-Sketch and loved it, your kids will enjoy this Magic Sketch Drawing Kit. We love that it comes with 18 templates that allows them to focus on drawing, learning or games! Plus, once your child is finished with their design, all they have to do is push the Magic button at the top of the sketch pad to erase it.
There's something about a spinning globe that seems to capture the attention of kids so why not gift them with their own? The difference is this globe allows kids to learn about different cultures, animals and more via interactive videos. You may find yourself having fun learning about different countries around the world too!
No matter what grades your kids are in, they're probably getting exercise in the form of recess or a mandatory physical education class. To help keep them active at home in a fun way, consider buying a dance mat. You can even host your own 'dance battle' at home with your kids. How fun is that?
Are your older kids interested in science fiction? If so, this tech toy is perfect for them. Not only will they be able to build Mio the Robot, but they can program by pressing buttons on its circuit board. There is also an app you can download that allows your kids to control Mio too.
It's inevitable that one of your kids is interested in video games. You may have had to explain why they can't bring their PS5 with them on your family vacation. If so, look no further than the Beijue Handheld Gaming System. It has 100 educational games that will keep your kid occupied during long road trips, plane rides, or while standing in the grocery line with you. Sounds like a plus to us!
Tech Gifts for Tweens and Teens
Do you remember when Rubik's Cubes were popular when you were in middle school? We sure do which is why we think the GoCube Magnetic Speed Cube is great to introduce to your preteen. It's Bluetooth-enabled and connects to an app that has games and lessons that strengthen your preteen's logic. Also, if they're having trouble solving the cube, the app has a tutorial to help them figure things out!
Do you have a preteen who's interested in photography or capturing home videos? Why not treat them to their very own remote-controlled drone? It comes with 4 propeller guards that'll keep them safe and has 3 adjustable speeds. Not only that but it comes with a camera that can be controlled with simple hand gestures.