The 9 Best Electronic Toys for All Ages

The Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot earned our top spot

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Whether you're introducing your toddler to technology or teaching your teenager STEM basics, like coding, there are a lot of fun electronic toys that can help your child learn while they play.

We've researched and rounded up some great options, being sure to consider each pick's recommended age, safety features, educational value, and price. The Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot earned our top spot. Dash teaches kids to code via interactive dancing and singing to keep them engaged and stimulated for hours.

Here are the best electronic toys for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Wonder Workshop Dash

4.9
Wonder Workshop Dash

Amazon

What We Like
  • Long battery life

  • Companion apps

  • Durable materials

What We Don't Like
  • Some users had issues updating the applications

This cute blue robot teaches kids how to code, all while singing, dancing, playing, and having tons of fun. Dash connects to a free app where kids can teach their robot all sorts of tricks, from lighting up to avoiding obstacles and even responding to voice commands. The app includes hundreds of puzzles and projects, so you can rest assured kids won’t get tired of Dash any time soon.

If you think it sounds too complicated, don’t worry—the app includes tutorials to teach children the fundamentals of coding and how to program the robot. Dash’s educational value and limitless fun earned it the Oppenheim Best Toy Award in 2016, along with our top spot.

Dimensions: 6.69 x 7.17 x 6.34 inches | Charge: USB | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Best Cars: Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

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Anki Overdrive Starter Kit

Amazon

What We Like
  • Companion apps

  • Multiple track options

  • Storage included

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

These are just like the toy cars you used to play with—but with a lot more fancy technology. The Anki Overdrive Kit lets kids control robotic “supercars” from their phones, racing the vehicles around the track and battling each other with plasma cannons and other high-tech weapons.

The Starter Kit comes with two supercars and 12 track pieces that snap together to create a variety of race tracks. Children can battle it out with friends, each controlling a car, or play on their own, racing against an artificial intelligence–controlled vehicle. There are several different play settings, including Battle, Race, and Time Trial, and the app includes frequent software updates to keep gameplay fresh and exciting.

Dimensions: 44.63 x 7.88 x 4.5 inches | Charge: Charging cord | Recommended Age: 8 years and up

What Testers Say

"The concept of this game—combining a real car race set with the virtual gaming world—is clever and very appealing for kids."—Sarah Vanbuskirk, Product Tester

Best Pet : FurReal GoGo My Dancin' Pup

FurReal GoGo My Dancin' Pup

Amazon

What We Like
  • Interactive

  • Fosters nurturing and imaginative play

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Limited capabilities

Bring home an adorable interactive pup that your child will love to dance and play with. GoGo from FurReal goes on walks with the touch of a button: Just hold onto her leash! She even bobs her head as she walks and makes over 50 puppy sounds.

Aside from walking, GoGo plays five different songs and dances on her hind legs. Kids will love showing off their moves with their new furry friend, and parents will love that their little ones has an excuse to get moving and stay active.

Dimensions: 7.52 x 12.01 x 14.02 inches | Charge: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 4 years and up

Best Coding: Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-pillar Twist

Fisher-Price

What We Like
  • Long battery life

  • Educational

  • Suitable for various ages

What We Don't Like
  • May be too complex for young kids

It may just look like a happy little caterpillar, but the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar Toy is much more. This critter is a puzzle waiting to be solved, as its nine switchable segments control the caterpillar’s movements. Want the Code-a-Pillar to go straight, then turn left? Arrange the segments in that order, then watch it come to life.

This electronic toy can help young children practice their critical thinking skills, as they can experiment with different sequences to create new paths for the Code-a-Pillar. As kids get the hang of it, they can create new games, such as drawing paths for the bug to follow or specifying an endpoint for it to reach. The possibilities are endless, which means this toy will continue challenging kids for years to come.

Dimensions: 16.13 x 4 x 13 inches | Charge: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Best Camera: VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

VTech KidiZoom Camera Pix

Amazon

What We Like
  • Splash resistant

  • Multiple photo effects included

  • Grips on sides for little hands

What We Don't Like
  • Shutter button can be difficult to find

If your children are always borrowing your phone or camera to take pictures, this can serve as a kid-friendly alternative. The VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix is a real, durable digital camera that stores photos on an SD memory card (not included). In addition to standard features like zoom, this gadget comes with a selfie mode, collage templates, photo effects, and several built-in games. And because it’s designed for little hands, the camera is plenty durable and can withstand being dropped. 

Dimensions: 1.97 x 5.97 x 3.36 inches | Charge: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Best Tablet: Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

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Amazon Fire HD 8 Kids Edition

Amazon

What We Like
  • 2 year warranty

  • Kid-proof case

  • Unlimited content for one year included

What We Don't Like
  • Parental controls can be hard to use

The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet features an 8-inch screen surrounded by a kid-proof case, and perhaps best of all, Amazon is offering a two-year guarantee on the tablet with no questions asked.

The Kids Edition Tablet is a real tablet with ten hours of battery life, but it was designed for the rough-and-tumble lifestyle of children. The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition comes loaded with one free year of Freetime Unlimited, which lets kids access age-appropriate games, apps, and videos from sites like PBS, Disney, and more. It also comes with built-in parental controls that can limit screen time and filter out inappropriate content.

Dimensions: 9.2 x 7.2 x 1.0 inches | Charge: USB-C | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

What Testers Say

"The focus on education and development through age-appropriate games and learning goals is one of our favorite features"—Katie Begley, Product Tester

Amazon Fire HD 10 Kids Edition

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Best for Toddlers : VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck

VTech, Drop and Go Dump Truck

Walmart

What We Like
  • Educational

  • Adjustable volume

  • Affordable

  • Durable materials

What We Don't Like
  • May be too simple for older children

This adorable toy dump truck has rave reviews from users, so you know it will be a great gift for toddlers and babies. The VTech Drop and Go Dump Truck is equal parts fun and educational, and its colorful design and fun melodies will keep toddlers captivated.

The Drop and Go Dump Truck will count its three bright boulders as toddlers put each one into the toy, and it’s easy to dump them back out again with the pull of a lever. Kids can pull the truck around the house using the attached string, and there are several buttons on the vehicle that play melodies and phrases to help toddlers learn about colors and tools.

Dimensions: 7.56 x 9.9 x 5.43 inches | Charge: AAA Batteries | Recommended Age: 6 months and up

Best Drone: GoolRC Mini RC Quadcopter

GoolRC Mini RC Quadcopter

Amazon

What We Like
  • Suitable for various ages

  • Affordable compared to competitors

  • Stable flight system

What We Don't Like
  • Short flight time

The 3-inch Mini RC Quadcopter Drone is heralded as a great option for beginners thanks to its stable flight system, which makes it easy for kids to learn to fly.

It can be controlled from up to 30 meters away, making it a fun outdoor toy too. Fly the drone up and down, forward and back with the touch of a button, and once kids get the hang of things, they can try out some impressive tricks, such as in-air flips. One downside of this mini drone is that you only get around five minutes of flight time, so kids will have to recharge if they want to play for longer.

Dimensions: 5.59 x 4.41 x 3.39 inches | Charge: AAA Batteries, Charging Cable | Recommended Age: 14 months and up

Best Walkie Talkie: Retevis RT628 Walkie-Talkies

4.5
Retevis RT628 Walkie Talkies
Courtesy of Amazon.com
What We Like
  • Suitable for various ages

  • Easy to use

  • Large range

What We Don't Like
  • Some users were disappointed with sound quality

The Retevis RT628 Kids Walkie Talkies make a great gift for kids of all ages, letting them play secret agent, explorers, and as many other games as they can dream up.

They're easy to use and small enough for little hands to carry, but they have a range of upward of 3,000 feet. The walkie talkies include 22 different channels, but you can lock the channel for younger children so they don’t accidentally change it.

Dimensions: 6.24 x 2.15 x 1.1 inches | Charge: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 3 months and up

What Testers Say

"The most fun that we had with the Retevis RT628 Walkie Talkies was when we took them around our neighborhood. We had a large group of family visiting, so instead of trying to keep track of everyone, we used the walkie talkies to communicate back and forth."—Katie Begley, Product Tester

A small child holding a Retevis RT628 FRS/GMRS UHF Walkie Talkie

 The Spruce / Katie Begley

What to Look for in Electronic Toys

Recommended Age

Simpler toys with bigger parts, like a toy camera, are more suitable for toddlers and preschoolers, while more complex toys, like a racing track, that require design or manipulation are a good option for older kids and teens. Fortunately, kids of all ages can find an electronic toy geared for them—just make sure to pay attention to the age recommendations for each toy.

Safety

It is important to consider your child’s safety when choosing an electronic toy. Not only is there the potential for danger with cords, batteries, and power supplies, but for toys that connect to the internet, you should also be aware of the material that they access. Electronic toys are a great way to start talking about the responsible and safe use of technology with your child. Some toys include parental controls, which is always a plus.

Educational Value

Electronic toys can be a great way to teach kids, especially when they are geared toward STEM-related interests like coding or math. Some are designed more for entertainment and play, such as a drone. Others have a good balance of the two, like the Amazon Fire tablet that has both education and entertainment apps.

To get the most educational value, teacher and literacy coach Alicia Drozd at North Brunswick school recommends looking for interactive toys. “It needs to be something that they create and build," she says. "Apps are great too, as long as they inspire creativity and aren't overly consuming.”

Price

Electronic toys can be bigger financial investments. Before you purchase, consider how much use your child will get from the toy, how likely it is to be broken or need to be replaced, and if it can grow with your child. Less-expensive electronic toys tend to have shorter lifespans than the heavy-hitting expensive options.

FAQ
  • Are electronic toys good for children?

    Electronic toys offer a high level of engagement and are great tools for teaching older kids about technology and design. However, for younger kids, sticking with non-electronic toys may be a safer bet, as they've been shown to better promote language development than electronic toys.

  • How do you clean electronic toys?

    Kids' toys—especially little kids' toys—can get dirty fast. The easiest way to clean them is by wiping them down with a sanitizing wipe and avoiding any electronic components. If you need a deeper spot clean, use a clean cloth dipped in warm, soapy water.

Why Trust The Spruce?

Camryn Rabideau is a freelance writer who has a background in interior design. She’s an expert on all things home, and while researching picks for this article, she considered the material of each piece, as well as its size, stability, and any useful features, such as cable management holes. Additional reporting was done by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays. She's also covered similar topics in other roles, including toy reviews, product roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.

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Julia is the Assistant Commerce Editor at The Spruce, covering all things toys, gifts, and holiday. She studied English and minored in Journalism and Gender and Sexuality Studies at New York University. 

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