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Listen, I'm a mom. I try to give my kids presents that will stimulate their brains and keep them busy for a good chunk of time. Usually, I fail miserably. But this year, brands are going all out to deliver tech toys that are sure to dazzle kids of all ages.
Here are some of the hottest gadgets and tech gifts for kids.
Don’t forget to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to find the perfect present for everyone on your list!
Bestselling tech gifts for kids
1. Sphero SPRK+
Kids ages 5 and up can learn programming, complete activities and share their robot with family and friends.
You'll have to let your child borrow your iPad for this game system, but we promise it'll be worth it when you see how happy it makes him or her. The Creative Set combines technology, creativity, and problem solving to create magical (and customized) animated adventures.
Kids of all ages will love this modern take on the classic train set. Built using smart technology, these toy trains are controlled with a mobile app and comes with 40 color snap tiles designed to control its steering and speed.
Party like a rock star with this next-level toy. You build it yourself and then customize how you want to play it. Best of all, as with Legos, the system is modular, meaning you can redo it as much as you want.
This smart watch is made for kids! They can take video and selfies, learn to tell time and feel like a grown-up.
Best electronic and tech gifts for kids
This toy combines coding and entertainment with "Frozen" themed fun! Kids can build Elsa's ice palace, throw snowballs and play with the beloved characters. No prior coding experience needed!
Caveat: Skip this if you're not into your kids taking over your living space. But if you are, this game is a winner. It's lively, vibrant and totally engaging — plus, it can be played in solo or multiplayer modes on the Nintendo Switch.
Bring a bit of enchantment into your kid's life with this mythical-inspired UnicornBot from UBTECH. Just download the free app to get started on building and coding your mini creature.
You're never too young to learn about physics! This Toy of the Year Award finalist lets you learn about the science behind gyroscopes with eight experiences and a cool robot capable of walking a tightrope.
This coding toy for preschoolers will have kids learning and problem-solving from a young age. Kids can program the caterpillar's path while playing with the light up eyes and light effects.
This interactive koala comes to life with over 60 sound-and-motion combinations.
This kit is the perfect introduction to engineering — kids can build and rebuild endless variations of robot creations. The set includes over 50 parts and 10 challenge cards to help with inspiration!
Kids can program this fun-loving robot to dance, drum, light up and more with the easy-to-use companion app. The robot also comes with 30 interactive augmented reality puzzles for even more fun and learning!
Kids love looking at things close-up, and the grosser the item, the better. This microscope is sturdy, it's easy to use and just wait until your kid can see a dead bug up close. Score!
Why buy a nightlight when your kiddo can build his or her own? Yes, this is one cool (and practical) toy.
11. smART Pixelator
smART Pixelator allows kids to pixelate any design and build 2D and 3D projects by using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights and a variety of creativity tools.
At first glance, I wasn't sure this would be a winner. But, my 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son loved teaching this itty bitty owl to fly.
Your youngster will learn how to bring ideas to life in 3D. This award-winning product comes with a 3D printing pen and creations are not hot to touch, making it kid-friendly.
Kids will learn about magnetic forces from this interactive science kit that involves exciting hands-on experiments. Kids will get to float a pencil, levitate a screw and more!
Still looking for the perfect gift? Be sure to check out Shop TODAY’s Gift Guide to shop for everyone on your list, including:
- From creative kits to active toys, these are gifts 4-year-olds will love
- Interactive gifts the 5-year-old in your life won’t want to put down
- Toys and games that'll make your 6-year-old smile
- Shopping for mom? Here are gifts she'll actually love
This gift guide was originally published on Dec. 19, 2017.