Sometimes when we hear the words ‘gadget’ and ‘kids’ in the same sentence we feel they don’t belong together. However, there are a few inventions beyond tablets and smartphones that are worth a look. The world is changing, and the sooner we accept that, the easier it will be to adapt to the new technologies. There is a wide world of educational toys and helpful gadgets out there that were created to encourage kids’ development. We’ve selected some of the best fun and interesting electronic devices.
Reading a book is still an important task to be accomplished in school, also a fun pastime for some kids. Having an electronic dictionary bookmark can come in handy when youngsters face new words they don’t know the meaning of, especially if the child comes from a non-English-speaking country. The simple device can boost their confidence while they get used to the new language they are being exposed to.
Another robot toy created to introduce younger children to the world of programming. It’s aimed at teaching basic coding to kids even before they can read. The coding consists of blocks that have to be positioned in a certain order to make the cube robot move, each block representing an action. This wooden creation is Montessori-approved and has no screens; it is a touch and manipulate toy, perfect for kids of three and older.
Dash & Dot
In the robot world we discovered these two round creatures which, together with different apps, make coding and robotics a fun activity. Dash uses its gyroscope and wheel encoders to run the codes with precise turns and accurate movements. And with Dot, it is possible to play games like hot potato and plan a sequence of events. Best for over fives.
Having trouble getting your little ones to brush their teeth? This gaming toothbrush transforms the brushing chore into an interactive game. It is a Bluetooth motion-sensing toothbrush, coupled with interactive and instructive games that guide kids’ brushing – and parents can check the results later. You can use an old mobile phone to download the apps and leave it in the bathroom to serve as the screen.