Every year there are new tech toys for kids on the hottest most wanted list and parents run around in December trying desperately to get hold of sold out toys. If it moves, flies or makes noise, it’s sure to be a hit. Better still, an app controlled toy that connects to a smartphone, tablet or iPad will even impress parents. Some of the ideas for new tech toys on the market will have you scratching your head and thinking what will they come up with next? Eggs than can hatch on their own, cars that drive on walls, pens that lets your draw objects in 3D, and caterpillars that teach kids how to code, are just a few of the crazy fun filled tech toys this year. From virtual reality to drones for kids, check out the list below of the hottest tech toys for kids in 2016.
Drones for kids are hot at the moment and the WowWee Lumi Gaming Drone doesn’t disappoint. Using your smartphone, iPad or tablet to control the drone, you can make the Lumi do tricks and even choreograph it to music. The Lumi is a big drone for kids that is easy to handle and will keep them entertained for hours.
The 3Doodler Start pen is the perfect 3D pen for kids. Easy to hold and safe to use, the pen uses eco-friendly, non toxic BPA free plastics and is designed for kids over 8 years old. 3D pens let kids draw in the air, bringing their imagination to life.
You can’t go wrong with a Meccano toy robot, kids love building and programming them. For those who can’t get enough of Dinosaurs, the Meccasaur is a perfect gift. At 3 ft long, he will walk, roar, answer yes or no, guard and attack, and respond to petting.
Retro video gaming is now within your reach with the Nintendo Classic Mini Console. Parents can relive their childhood with their kids playing classic games like Pac-Man, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, Final Fantasy and Punch-Out. If Sega dominated your childhood instead, check out the Sega Genesis Classic Game Console and play Sonic the Hedgehog, Streets of Rage and Golden Axe to name a few.
It’s never too early to start teaching kids code and the Fisher-Price Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar will let you try to teach preschoolers the basics of coding. Simply arrange the different segments to make the code-a-pillar move in the direction you want. Additional segments are available to advance the code-a-pillar’s movements.
Robotic pets are always a favorite and they don’t get more realistic than the WowWee CHiP The Robot Dog. Wearing a SmartBand watch, kids interact with the robot dog and train him to do tricks. The dog comes with a robotic ball than he can fetch and play with, and his artificial Intelligence programming make his features seem real.
The VTech Kidizoom Action Cam is a modern day GoPro for kids. Attach the camera to a bike, skateboard, or school bag and the camera will shoot videos and photos using the 1.4-inch color LCD screen. Great for kids age 4 years and over, the camera does have a low resolution but is perfect for kids.
Virtual reality headsets for kids provide a unique immersive experience that capture kids minds and ears. The View Master Deluxe VR Viewer is an updated version from the initial release and has a connector to plug in headphones, which the original didn’t have. Kids just have to download their favourite 3D app, pop their smartphone in the viewer and they are ready to view and play immersive 360 degree games.
The award for the hottest sold out toy of 2016 goes to Hatchimals, an interactive egg that hatches on it’s own after about 30 mins of rubbing. The egg then starts to glow and the hatching process begins. Inside is a cute little Hatchimal animal thats kids teach to talk, walk and play games.
Just when you thought the Sphero Star Wars BB-8 droid couldn’t get any better, they go and add a Starwars Force Band. Wear the band on your wrist and you can control the movements of the droid, front, back, left, right etc. You can’t find cooler tech toys for kids than this. The band can be purchased separately or packaged with the BB-8 droid.
A remote control car inside a tyre, genius! What will they think of next. You can use the Little Tikes Tyre Twister in two ways, with the car inside the tyre or drive the car around solo. The tyre can spin 360 degrees and the car can do backflips inside it too.
Kids love flying objects inside and outside the house, but they do have a habit of crashing. Thanks to the the Air Hogs Switchblade crash-resistant frame, those tough landings will be a little bit easier. Durable and easy to fly, the Switchblade remote control helicopter would make a cool gift for any little boy or girl over 8 years old.
Friendship bracelets take on a world of their own when they are connected to an iPad. The i-Loom lets creative kids weave their very own designs using the pattern creator or they can use some of the preset designs to get them started. A truly innovative iPad toy, this an impressive arts and crafts gift for girls.
Definitely a toy drone for siblings or best friends, the Air Wars Battle Drones lets kids battle their drones to see who falls first. There are four attack moves allowing the drones to attach, spin, tornado and ram one another. There are also battle weapons that attach to the drones to enhance attacking moves. Unlike other drones, the Air Wars Battle Drones lets kids play together instead of waiting for a turn, providing priceless fun for the whole family.
The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer is a remote control car that defies the law of gravity. Kids will get a kick out of driving the car on the walls, upside down or on the floor. Designed for kids age 5-10 years, the car come in red or blue.
Anki Overdrive are racing cars controlled by a smartphone instead of traditional controllers. Kids can battle against each other or play alone and race against the AI cars. The tracks are versatile and can be build in various different ways and extended with expansion tracks.
What does Batman, a robot and a tank have in common? The answer is the Fisher-Price Imaginext Batbot, a transforming robot controlled with a bat remote. With over 100 sound effects and phrases, kids turn the robot into a tank with Batman in the chest, and manoeuvre the robot around. A fun gift for DC comic fans, the Batbot comes in blue and red.
Don’t be fooled by the tiny size of Cozmo, this little robot has a big personality that evolves the more you use it. Packed with games and three interactive Power Cubes, Cozmo is controlled by an iPhone, iPad or Android device.
Zoomer are a popular brand of rolling robots that span from Dinosaurs to Paw Patrol. The latest in the collection is the Zoomer Chimp, so there’s something to suit every child’s interests. Zoomer Chimp can be trained with voice commands to make him, stand, sit, dance, go banana’s and chimp talk.
Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.