Kids are growing up with technology, with the average pre-schooler knowing his way around a tablet better than many adults. This can be a good thing, with the wealth of fun, educational, and interesting high-tech toys out there today. Here are a few tech-oriented personalized gift ideas for the kids in your life.
If you were a child of the 80s, you might remember Teddy Ruxpin, the talking bear. If you were a child of the 90s, you probably played with a Tamagotchi. Well, children’s robotic toys have come a very long way since then! Today’s children can play with tools like the Ubooly, a cuddly toy which can be personalized via app to share bedtime stories, play games, and practice vocabulary with kids. Another example is Primo, which is a toy that can help young children learn the basics of programming. They can move blocks around in order to tell a robot named Cubetto how to move. Designed for kids between the ages of 4 and 7, Primo starts putting the building blocks of programming logic in place by making the robot’s movement part of a fun game.
Fun with LED
If you take a look at the kid and baby gifts at www.gifts.co.uk, you’ll notice that many of them come equipped with LED technology. There are LED balloons to play with, and even LED shoe laces to help kids learn to tie their shoes with a fun glow-in-the-dark effect. Children have long enjoyed having glow-in-the-dark stars attached to their bedroom ceiling. Today’s technology takes this a step further. If you are invited to a baby shower, try giving your friend an LED projector night light to create swirling shapes that will lull baby off to sleep.
While some of the toys mentioned above are already educational, you can also pick and choose from apps designed to teach kids how to add, read, and program. Specially designed children’s tablets like the VTech InnoTab are built to withstand toddler abuse and come fully loaded with educational games. As children grow older, VTech moves them on to the Brilliant Creations Advanced Notebook, for practice using a real laptop. Try giving your little one an Alphaberry to teach him or her how to learn letters. Modelled on a Blackberry, it offers raised buttons and a user-friendly design.
Whether it’s a light-up LED balloon or a child-friendly laptop, there are plenty of high-tech children’s gifts to choose from.