The 7 Best Electronics to Buy for Kids in 2018

Tech-savvy kids will have a blast with these toys

cozmo-toy
Courtesy of Amazon

Children today are increasingly tech-savvy, making kid-friendly electronics a must-have in many households. Whether you have toddlers or teens in your family, chances are they’ll be asking for electronics like tablets, cameras, toy robots and more.

However, there are some important considerations to be taken into account when buying new gadgets for kids—is the product age appropriate? Are parental controls available? Will kids get bored with the device quickly? We’ve taken all these aspects into...MORE account and chosen the best kids electronics for you to invest in. From fully functional digital tablets to realistic electronic pets, here are today’s best electronics to keep kids entertained throughout the whole year.

  • 01 of 07

    Whether your child is 4 or 14, the All-New Fire 7 Kids Edition Tablet is sure to be a hit. The Fire 7 Kids Edition from Amazon is a real tablet with all the functionality kids want, but it comes with several important kid-friendly features and a reasonable price tag.

    The Fire 7 Kids Edition can be used just like a regular Amazon Fire tablet, so kids can watch Netflix, read e-books, play games and more. The seven-inch tablet boasts eight hours of battery life and 16GB of internal storage, which...MORE you can upgrade with a Micro SD card if needed.

    However, the kid-friendly features are where this tablet really shines. The Fire 7 Kids Edition comes with a sturdy case that can withstand being dropped, bumped or otherwise manhandled. Parents can set up four individual profiles for different kids, and there are built-in parental controls, including bedtime curfews and screen time limits.

    That’s not all, though. The tablet comes with one free year of FreeTime Unlimited, which includes thousands of videos for kids ages 3 to 12, and to top it all off, Amazon will replace the tablet if your kids break it in the first two years—no questions asked!

  • 02 of 07

    Robots are incredibly popular right now, and one of the best available is Cozmo—a cute, personable little droid who’s smarter than he looks! Kids of all ages are sure to love playing interactive games with this robot, which the manufacturer describes as “a supercomputer and loyal sidekick.”

    Cozmo comes with a power charger and three “power cubes” that can be used to play games. This toy is durable enough to be dropped, and it has been tested for both safety and data security. To play with Cozmo,...MORE kids will need to download the free Cozmo app on an iOS or Android device, and then the real fun can begin.

    Cozmo has a charming personality and can display dozens of emotions, and he also learns your name, face and habits the more you play with him. Kids can play games like Quick Tap or Keepaway with his Power Cubes, or they can put him in Explore Mode and guide him around the house. New games and upgrades become available the more children play with Cozmo, meaning the fun never ends!

     

  • 03 of 07

    If you have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, chances are your kids will want one, too. Luckily, the Garmin Vivofit Jr. is a daily activity tracker designed just for kids—plus, it has some parent-friendly features you’re sure to love.

    The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is perfect for kids ages four to nine, as its easy to put on, durable and waterproof. The Vivofit Jr. comes with a one-year battery, so children won’t have to charge it, either. The wearable device tracks steps, minutes of activity and sleep,...MORE and there are additional features available through its app.

    For instance, parents can assign chores through fitness tracker, and the info about each child’s task will show up on their Vivofit Jr. They can then earn virtual coins to exchange for agreed-upon rewards—an allowance, TV time, etc. Additionally, once kids have reached their 60-minute activity goal, they’ll unlock fun games in the app, motivating them to get outside and play.

  • 04 of 07

    Whether your kids love hiking, biking, swimming or other activities, they’ll love having the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam to record all their adventures. This kid-friendly camera is waterproof, versatile and extremely durable, allowing kids to capture high-quality color pictures no matter where they go.

    The Kidizoom Action Cam, which is designed for kids ages four and up, is just a few inches wide—perfect for little hands. It has a rechargeable battery that allows for 2.5 hours of picture-taking,...MORE and all its photos are stored on a Micro SD card, which is sold separately.

    Children can use the Kidizoom Action Cam to take photos, videos, time-lapse pictures and even stop-motion videos, and it comes with a waterproof case and two mounts that let you attach it to bikes, skateboards and more for awesome action shots. The Camera also comes equipped with several games, as well as photo effects like filters and frames. With all these features and its durable design, the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam makes a perfect first camera for young explorers.

    Continue to 5 of 7 below.
  • 05 of 07

    If you want your kids to learn while they play, the Osmo Starter Kit will be a new favorite in your house. This unique game system uses an iPad and physical pieces to teach kids creative thinking skills, all while challenging them with exciting puzzles.

    To use Osmo, kids set up an iPad in the base, then use physical pieces like letters and geometric shapes to engage in a variety of games. There are word challenges, where children have to guess hidden words, as well as Tangram spacial puzzles for...MORE them to conquer. Osmo also has a drawing option for budding artists and “Newton” games that teach creative engineering.

    The Osmo Starter Kit will keep kids six and up engaged by bringing gameplay off the screen. There are multi-player games available so you can play as a family, and you can even bring Osmo on the go, as it doesn’t require an Internet connection. The only downside of this unique electronic toy is that it only works with iPads, so tablets from other manufacturers can’t be used.

  • 06 of 07

    Looking for an electronic pet for your kid? One of the best options is FurReal Friends Bootsie. Children four and up will love playing with this plush cat, as she cuddles, purrs and plays just like a real kitty.

    Bootsie runs on four AA batteries (included), and there are tons of ways to play with her. Kids can use the included treat to feed her, or they can hug and pet her like a real cat. Bootsie has several moods, including happy, sad and angry, and she’ll respond differently to your actions...MORE depending on how she’s feeling. Some days she might hiss, and other days, she’ll be a purring machine!

    FurReal Friends Bootsie is the purr-fect option for children who have been begging for a pet, as the electronic toy acts the way a real animal would. Plus, the price for this interactive kitty can’t be beat.

  • 07 of 07

    A toy that keeps kids active and teaches them about music? That’s a win-win! The Click N' Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat will keep kids ages 10 months and up entertained for hours as they compose their own songs by stomping on the mat’s piano keys.

    This affordable electronic toy is great for budding musicians, as there are several ways for them to play and learn about music. The 6-foot play mat, which runs on four AA batteries (not included), includes eight instrument options, including...MORE piano, guitar, saxophone and violin. Kids can freestyle on the mat, tapping out their own tunes, or they can also choose to record songs or play in Demo mode.

    The Click N' Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat is made from durable vinyl material, so it can withstand years worth of stomping, and it comes with automatic shut-off to conserve battery life. Another added bonus is that you can adjust the volume so kids can play quietly without disturbing the rest of the family. This toy’s thoughtful features and durable nature makes it a perfect choice for musically inclined children!

Sign up for our daily deals newsletter


Disclosure: At The Spruce, our expert writers are committed to researching and writing thoughtful and editorially independent reviews of the best products for your life and your family. If you like what we do, you can support us through our chosen links, which earn us a commission.