The 9 Best Electronics for Kids to Learn and Play

Our favorite pick is the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet

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There's no shortage of electronics for kids, from interactive robots to smartwatches specifically designed for little ones.

To help you find the best option for your needs, we researched the hottest electronic gift options, considering each pick's price, recommended age, and durability. Our favorite is the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Tablet, a durable device with a one-year subscription to Amazon Kids for learning and reading opportunities.

Here are the best electronics for kids.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

4.6
All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet

Amazon

What We Like
  • Purchase includes year-long subscription

  • Multiple uses

  • Tough durable case

What We Don't Like
  • Battery drains quickly

  • Fewer features than some competitors

What do buyers say? 87% of 200,100+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.

If you buy only one electronic device for your child, you might want to make it the Amazon Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet. This popular, affordable tablet. It comes in a tough, rubberized case (in a choice of pink, purple, or blue) that might withstand toddler (or tween) tantrums. The interface is extremely kid-friendly, though admittedly not as slick as some of its competitors, but it does include a web browser and can even run apps like Zoom if your kid needs to jump on a class meeting for virtual learning.

Each purchase also includes a yearlong subscription to Amazon's FreeTime Unlimited service, with more than 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, audiobooks, and content from sites like PBS Kids, Nickelodeon, and Disney. Once the year is up, you'll have to pay monthly for the service, but you can cancel anytime. If you want to go beyond FreeTime, the Fire 7 Kids Tablet has 16 gigabytes (GB) of storage, and you can opt to add even more with a microSD memory card.

This pick also transitions easily from toddlers to teens with easy-to-use parental controls for little ones and plenty of app, music, and book options for high schoolers. The Fire 7 Kids is perfect for road trips; just be sure to download shows and movies in case Wi-Fi isn't available and keep the charging cord on hand because the battery is said to drain quickly.

Dimensions: 8.7 x 6.3 x 1.0 inches | Power: Micro USB | Recommended Age: 3 years and up

Best for Toddlers: Fisher-Price Linkimals Play Together Panda

Fisher-Price Linkimals Play Together Panda

Amazon

What We Like
  • Easy to clean

  • Interactive music and lights

  • Teaches numbers, shapes, and manners

What We Don't Like
  • Off switch can be difficult to get to

  • Sometimes unresponsive

With this plush, chatty bear, Fisher-Price proves that electronic toys for toddlers can be both cuddly and high-tech. The Linkimals Play Together Panda has a light-up belly with a huge button that makes it easy for little ones to operate independently. With just a press, they'll hear about numbers, shapes, and even tips for good manners, as well as plenty of songs and giggles. While most users report the button works well, some indicate occasional unresponsiveness.

In addition to offering comfort and opportunities for learning, this educational toy is resistant to daily messes. Parents can remove the electronic components to machine-wash the soft outer layer. If your little one has multiple Linkimals creatures or if a friend has another toy from the series, you can set them up to interact for even more fun.

Dimensions: 3.54 x 7.48 x 11.02 inches | Power: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 9 months and up

Best for Preschoolers: LeapFrog My Own Leaptop

LeapFrog My Own Leaptop

Walmart

What We Like
  • Four learning modes

  • Interactive songs and phrases

  • Durable material

What We Don't Like
  • Screen does not light up

  • Lacks headphone jack

Toddlers and preschoolers often love to imitate their parents and caregivers. It's one of the ways they learn more about the world around them. The LeapFrog My Own Leaptop is a colorful, rugged laptop toy that lets them do that in a big way.

While the screen doesn't light up and this learning laptop lacks a port for headphones, this device includes four different learning modes: alphabet, messages, games, and music. In alphabet mode, kids will learn a specific letter, its sound, and words that start with it Other fun features include animal trivia games, email messages from Scout (LeapFrog's main character), and 16 different songs and melodies.

Dimensions: 1.45 x 9 x 7 inches | Power: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 2 years and up

Best Tablet: PBS Kids Educational Playtime Tablet

PBS Kids Educational Playtime Tablet

Walmart

What We Like
  • Suitable for various ages

  • Parents can customize what kids can watch and do

  • Sturdy silicone case

What We Don't Like
  • Battery can deplete quickly

  • Apps can be slow to load

If you and your kids enjoy PBS programming, you may want to consider the PBS Kids Educational Playtime Tablet. It's an affordable, PBS-produced device that comes preloaded with the channel's games, videos, and songs, as well as apps for teaching reading, math, and more.

It has a 7-inch touchscreen, front and back cameras, 16 gigabytes (GB) of storage, and an Android operating system that's easy for even little fingers to navigate. As the parent, you can completely customize the experience before handing it over, including managing parental controls. It's also linked up with Google Play for you to add other apps that your kids love. While the battery life isn't the longest-lasting and some report Wi-Fi issues and slow app loading, the sturdy aqua blue silicone case will help protect it from the bumps and blows that are sure to come.

Dimensions: 2.79 x 10.43 x 5.59 inches | Power: USB | Recommended Age: Not listed

Best STEM: LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox

Boost Creative Toolbox

Amazon

What We Like
  • Teaches STEM concepts

  • Pairs with app

  • Five different builds

What We Don't Like
  • Can be difficult for younger kids

  • Pricier than other STEM toys

If you keep hearing the words "LEGO Robotics" but aren't quite sure what the fuss is about, this LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox is a great introduction to the concept. The kit introduces kids to coding and other STEM concepts they can use to create five different machines, from a classic-looking robot that talks and dances to a guitar with sound effects.

To use it, you need to download the company's free app, which has an easy-to-grasp coding interface that teaches kids about concepts such as loops and variables. The app is regularly updated, so even after your child has built all the possible combinations, they'll be able to find new challenges and even interact with friends who are also using it. This learning kit is featured-packed, but it's best for introducing older kids to STEM concepts.

Dimensions: 21.26 x 11.1 x 3.58 inches | Power: AAA Batteries | Recommended Age: 7 years and up

Best for Gaming: Nintendo Switch

4.5
Nintendo Switch

Amazon

What We Like
  • Multiple ways to play

  • Parental controls

  • Suitable for remote play

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Accessories cost extra

There's a reason why the Nintendo Switch hybrid gaming system—which can be either attached to a television or used handheld—is so popular it often sells out. Kids and adults can choose from more than 5,000 games, including family favorites like Mario Kart, Just Dance, and the ever-addictive Animal Crossing. Parents can easily keep an eye on their kids' gaming habits with the intuitive settings that allow them to set time limits and block them from downloading content that isn't age-appropriate.

While the initial investment is costlier than some other educational gadgets, the Switch can also help your young ones stay in touch with family members and cousins who live several states away. You can set it up for remote play and hold a multiplayer Super Smash Bros. tournament with just a few clicks.

Dimensions: 14 x 8 x 3.5 inches | Power: USB-C | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Best Educational: LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe

LeapFrog Magic Adventures Globe

Amazon

What We Like
  • Teaching culture and geography

  • More footage available for purchase

  • Doubles as room decor

What We Don't Like
  • Stylus can be faulty

  • Other learning packs cost extra

LeapFrog has given the classic bookshelf globe a fun 21st-century update with its Magic Adventure Globe. This interactive toy features a digital stylus and a three-inch screen that shows BBC videos about different destinations. The three-dimensional globe shape also helps them understand the planet's geography more concretely than simply looking at flat or even 3D maps online.

This globe helps kids learn and experience different languages, cultures, animals, and habitats while playing three interactive games. Although the globe comes with more than five hours of BBC videos, if you want more content, you need to purchase additional adventure packs to keep the learning going. These options include subjects like ancient civilizations and dinosaurs.

Dimensions: 11.06 x 10.24 x 14.09 inches | Power: AA Batteries | Recommended Age: 5 years and up

Best Wearable: Fitbit Ace 2

Fitbit Ace 2

Amazon

What We Like
  • Swimproof

  • Parental controls

  • Helps kids stay active

What We Don't Like
  • Band can rip easily

  • Limited color options

If you're hoping to help your children understand the connection between staying active and feeling good, the Fitbit Ace 2 does exactly that. While some parents report issues with band faultiness, this kid-friendly version of the popular adult tracker comes in a few bright colors and is swim-proof (up to 50 meters). Kids can also customize their animated clock face and avatar.

The dashboard includes two views. The Kid view shows only their step stats and earned badges, while the Parent view details specific activities and enables them to approve or reject Fitbit friend requests. Like the adult Fitbit, this one also includes optional hourly reminders to move and sleep tracking, which might encourage your child to keep active throughout the day and turn in early for better numbers.

Dimensions: 1.18 x 3.94 x 8.94 inches | Power: USB | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Best Camera: FujiFilm FinePix XP140 Digital Camera

FujiFilm FinePix XP140 Digital Camera

Amazon

What We Like
  • Durable

  • Bluetooth capabilities

  • Long battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Picture quality could be lacking

  • Pricey

If you have a budding photographer in your family, it might make more sense to invest in a rugged, high-quality camera like the FujiFilm FinePix XP140 that they'll be able to use for several years. This one is dustproof, waterproof up to 82 feet, shockproof to almost 6 feet, and even freezeproof to 14 degrees (for those kids who want to take it skiing or sledding). It features a 5x optical zoom lens, video recording capability, and Wi-Fi, making downloading images foolproof.

Some users report disappointing picture quality. However, since this is a more beginner-level camera built for adventure, it could be an excellent starter investment. And if your kiddo is absent-minded when it comes to charging, you don't have to worry. This camera has a fairly long battery life that allows up to 240 shots before needing more juice. For color options, kids can choose between two eye-popping shades: sky blue or bright yellow.

Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.2 x 2 inches | Power: HDMI | Recommended Age: 6 years and up

Final Verdict

The Amazon Fire 7 Tablet is our top recommendation for an educational electronic device for kids. It's budget-friendly, durable, and includes ample learning material along with storage options and helpful parental controls. If you're interested in fostering STEM skills in older kids, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox teaches coding and robotics in an engaging kit.

What to Look for in Electronics for Kids

Learning Component

Electronics can be addictive for kids. Take care to select high-quality electronics that are as educational as they are fun. Look for electronics from brands known for educational play (like LeapFrog), encourage building skills, teach a new hobby, or promote physical play.

Ease of Use

Kids' electronics should be simple and intuitive to use. Look for clear graphics, simple instructions, and easy-to-operate mechanics. Be sure that the electronics you select are age-appropriate according to both your kids’ age and personal stage of development, which can be more or less advanced than their peers at any given time.

Durability

Kids' electronic toys typically use safe and durable materials, but it's always a good idea to double-check. Look for items that include a kid-proof case or rubber or plastic coverings that can withstand drops and are easy to clean. It's important to select well-made electronics from reputable manufacturers that will stand the test of time and can be passed down to younger children as your kids outgrow them. 

FAQ
  • How do you teach kids how to use electronics?

    Electronics aren't a substitute for humans, but they're intuitive and encourage self-directed learning through play. There are electronics tailor-made for kids as young as toddlers that look like toys but teach them rudimentary skills like learning what happens when they push a button. As the child grows, electronics are made to grow with them and even help them learn new skills. 

  • How much time should kids spend on electronics?

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that kids spend an average of seven hours per day in front of screens. After a failed campaign to get parents to limit screen time to no more than two hours a day, AAP advises parents to limit screen time for children under 18 months to video chatting. The organization recommends selecting only high-quality programming for kids 18 to 24 months, with parents and guardians watching along to help them understand what they are seeing. AAP also suggests limiting screen time to one hour per day for kids ages two to five, urging parents to limit screen time for kids ages six and older. 

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Lexi Dwyer is a parenting and lifestyle writer for The Spruce. Her work has appeared on digital media outlets like Fatherly, What To Expect, and Today.com. Additional research was done by Julia Fields, a lifestyle writer for The Spruce covering all things surrounding toys, gifts, and the holidays since October 2021. Before that, she covered similar topics including toy reviews, product roundups, expert-focused articles, and more.

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