Holiday Tech Gifts - The coolest games and tech toys for little kids
Next up in our Holiday Tech Gifts
series: the coolest games and tech toys for preschoolers and kindergartners. We always love tech toys that build imagination, educate and inspire--just like any toy. And how great that technology is offering so many fun new options! Here, 10 of our very favorites for 2012.
Also, don't miss our AMAZING giveaway below! Every post in our Holiday Tech Gifts guide is another chance (or two or three) to win.
lot of tablets for kids were introduced this year and this Android tablet is easily the best of the bunch. With 8 GB of storage expandable up to
64, cloud storage, and WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, it's a fairly
powerful little tablet disguised as a rugged, toddler-impervious tech
toy. There are 500 curated kids apps to choose from right off the bat,
with more to come. Plus streaming video that parents can feel good
about. This is definitely the tablet that will grow with your kid and
totally worth the price.
($199 at Nabi
or at Target
plus $2.99/mo for Spinlets+ Kid-Safe Streaming TV)
+ Crayola let kids use the tablet as a canvas in really innovative,
creative ways with styluses, stampers and animation. Even glasses so you
can get the most out of the 3-D tool.
($19.99 each, or $39.99 for all three, the Griffin Store)
for every girl's new favorite animated hero, now come to life in this
game for DS. Early graders should find it the right amount
challenging...and the right amount scary.
completely fun tablet lets kids draw, write note, scribble or doodle
with a stylus--or even a fingernail. Our kids haven't grown board of it
yet, and on road trips, it sure beats melted crayons on the car
Just like the one Mommy and Daddy had when we were kids. And we're totally not getting it to borrow it. No, not at all.
($19.99, Fat Brain Toys
Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe
it to a bike with the included hardware, or use it underwater up to 9
feet--kids about 5+ will have a blast making heir own films anywhere
($43 on sale, Fab.com
; click for invitation link)
interactive globe not only teaches kids tons of facts about cities,
countries and continents when you touch it with the Intellipen, it's got
three educational games to keep things interesting. We really love that
a USB connection lets you update more lessons and new content, should
say, the former USSR split into even more countries some day.
($129.99, Magic Beans)
kindergartener may have a new best friend. One who will spend a whole
lot of time with your child, but not eat all of your Pirate's Booty.
That's a good friend!
($49.99, Think Geek)
wonder how some preschoolers already know every state and capital? Here
you go. The great thing about this map that it's fun even when you go
analog because the Tag pen is somewhere between the couch cushions.
($19.99, Leapfrog; required Tag pen not included)
Your old iPad 2
you'd never in a million years hand your brand new iPad over to your
kids, consider handing down your old first or second generation iPad.
Load it up with age-appropriate apps and just be sure to include a
serious case like the LifeProof case for iPad
(iPad 2 $399 or free if you already own it; Cases $89, Otterbox)For more cool holiday gift ideas for younger kids, don't miss our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide on Cool Mom Picks.
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