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While many (or... most) parents are rejoicing that the new school year is upon us, your kids probably aren't quite as thrilled.
One way to slowly get your children back in the swing of school is with educational toys and gadgets that introduce them to science skills, creative challenges and other learning activities. To help you out, we tapped TODAY contributor and gadget guy Steve Greenberg for the coolest educational gadgets that will ease the transition from summer fun to school day schedules.
Shop Greenberg's picks below and they'll have your kids well on their way to the school bus stop, even though you've been ready for weeks!
Curiscope Virtuali-Tee, $25, Amazon
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With this augmented reality T-shirt, your kids can learn about the human body... on a human body! Download the Virtuali-Tee app and point your phone to different areas of the shirt to explore the circulatory, respiratory and digestive systems.
Botley the Coding Robot, $45, Walmart
Also available at Amazon.
With Botley, you can introduce kids as young as five to coding. The device includes features that'll grow along with your child's burgeoning skills!
The smART sketcher™ Projector, $60, Amazon
Armed with the smART sketcher, your child can turn any image from your smartphone into a work of art. Connect your smart device via Bluetooth, select an image and watch it instantly project onto paper, allowing your child to trace and color with ease. Beats the overhead projectors of the old days, no?
3Doodler HEXBUG Kit, $60, Amazon
This 3Doodler starter kit is perfect for kids with a knack for drawing. Kick start those architect, engineer or scientist aspirations with this device that helps kids build moving, robotic bugs and bits in 3D.
Electro Dough Plus, $35, Tech Will Save Us
This kit beats your average Play-Doh! Electro Dough Plus includes six pots of dough which light up and vibrate once your child creates critters and correctly connects the simple circuits.
Pomsies Patches Plush Interactive Toy, $15, Amazon
These cuddly creatures tell you when they're feeling happy, sad, tired or hungry according to the color of their eyes. Teach your kids responsibility and self care skills with this fun and fashionable little fluff ball!
Learning Resources Beaker Creatures Liquid Reactor Super Lab, $25, Amazon
This kid-friendly chemistry set will help build the foundations of science skills and curiosity. They'll create experiments with fizzing Reactor Pods and other fun formulas.