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10 Augmented Reality Toys (Virtual Playtime for Kids)

Want to give your child a virtual world to play in that exists hand in hand with the real world?

Augmented reality toys are few and far between, but we’ve managed to put together a great list of what’s out there and coming soon.

AR toys are essentially iPad toys or tablet accessories that connect with an app, to add a layer of virtual reality visible on your smart device. This allows you to see things that aren’t really there on a screen.

Some of these AR toys are quite educational and can be great for helping kids learn more about various subjects. For example, learning about animals, countries or something as simple as problem solving puzzles.

Below you will find some exciting augmented reality toys that are sure to capture the attention of any child. They can travel around the globe learning about different locations, build and bring new friends to life or watch as stories jump off the page.

Best Augmented Reality Toys

1. Cube-Tastic

Get your kids into problem solving at a younger age with augmented reality toys that challenge and teach them. The Cube-Tastic puzzle cube is a great jumpstart for kids that want to learn how to do Rubik styled cubes, but can get lost or bored easily. This cube is connected to an app to help kids learn how to solve the cube with step by step instructions. This helps build understanding and skills, so they can begin to solve it on their own. See our review of the Cube-Tastic.

Ages: 3 and up

2. Merge Cube

Hold a virtual world in your hands with the Merge Cube. This next wave in technology cube comes with a virtual reality headset. When you put on the headset, it transfers virtual images to the cube that you are holding. Power it on to morph the sub into a mini world that you can build, take care of a pet, learn about parts of the body or just play games inside the cube or with it.

Ages: 6 and up

3. Get Qurious Maker Box

The Get Qurious Maker Box is like a subscription box for kids, but there’s just one of each. At the moment you can buy the Maker Box for ages 4-9 yrs, and coming soon is the Explorer Box, Nature Box and Career Box. In each box you get different crafts that can be connected to your app and animated in augmented reality.

Ages: 4 and up

4. View-Master Deluxe VR Viewer

This isn’t your childhood toy from the nineties, it’s the new updated View-Master VR Viewer. It can be used in two ways, as a virtual reality viewer or for looking at augmented reality. You just place your smartphone in the viewer case and load up the app. It comes with a reel that looks like the old original ones, but they are actually AR based. When you look at the reel through the viewer, a 3D image appears on top of it.

Ages: 7 and up

5. Ocean Pets

Create your own aquarium friends with the Ocean Pets from Pai Technology. It’s partly arts and crafts and augmented reality. Kids first make a fish using the included putty and shaping moulds. When their fish is finished, you use the app to scan in your pet and turn him into 3D. You can watch the virtual pet swim around as you explore the underwater world on your device.

Ages: 3 and up

6. Spin Tales

SpinTales is a themed rug or duvet, that when paired with the app, will bring characters into a 3D augmented reality world. On the duvet, follow red riding hood and help her on the way to her grandma’s house. When you play with the jungle themed rug, you can help a jungle boy play with the animals and navigate around.

Ages: 3 and up

7. AR Animal Flash Cards

The AR Animal Flash Cards helps kids learn about different animals. This set comes with one hundred durable color coded cards that will teach them about each animals habitat, life span, diet, range and endangered status. To play, use the free app to scan each card into your smart device and watch as the animals pop up and the app tells your kids fun facts.

Ages: 4 and up

8. Orboot

Take world exploration to the next level with the Orboot. Augmented reality toys are not only fun, but they are also a great way for kids to learn and interact with education. This globe allows kids to use their tablet to scan places on the map and see a 3D moving object. It also tells kids facts about each place in the world and adds a fun and exciting level of play to geography. There are interactive challenges and play that will keep your kids interested in this toy for a long time.

Ages: 4 and up

9. Pai Storybook

The Pai Storybook is a cute little story about TJ and the Beanstalk. In this Augmented reality storybook, you can view the world in 3D or jump into the story to fight the giant. It works by using a physical book with an app, that makes 3D characters appear on the pages through your iPad or tablet. AR toys when incorporated with books can help to develop a love of reading and story telling.

Ages: 3 and up

10. Swap Bots

Collect the parts and build you own bot with the Swap Bots augmented reality toys for kids. This fun set lets you swap the three core body parts to make your own bot. You choose a head, a torso and legs. Then scan your bot with the app. Once scanned your bot will come to life on the screen and you can play with him or battle to raise his skills. You can make over 700 combinations with the parts included.

Ages: 6 and up

Last update on 2017-11-23 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API