Our Favorite Smart Devices for Kids
These smart devices for kids encourage learning, activity and well-being, all while keeping children entertained and safe on the internet.
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Echo Dot Kids Edition
Amazon Alexa is one of the most popular smart home assistants, and the Echo Dot Kids Edition ($70) lets your kids get in on the fun. This voice-controlled gadget has a bright rainbow design, and it’s equipped with kid-friendly skills such as playing music, telling stories and even calling (approved) friends and family members. Parents can set daily time limits and review activity on the device. With purchase, you receive one year of FreeTime Unlimited, which offers music, books and games for children.
Fitbit Ace 2 Activity Tracker for Kids
You can encourage your kids to stay active with the Fitbit Ace 2 ($70), a fitness tracker designed for children six and up. The bracelet-style tracker monitors steps, active minutes and sleep habits, plus it lets kids challenge their friends to step competitions and send each other messages. In addition, this device syncs up with the Fitbit app, where parents can monitor kids’ activity and approve their connections.
Don’t be fooled by its adorable appearance — Cozmo ($399) is an incredibly high-tech robot that’s a fun and educational toy for kids. The robot develops a unique personality the more children interact with it, and it can play a variety of games with the included cubes. Plus, Cozmo teaches kids coding basics in the Code Lab (an iOS or Android tablet is required), where they’ll learn to program their little sidekick.
VTech KidiBuzz G2 Kids’ Smart Device
If your kids want cell phones but aren’t old enough yet, the VTech KidiBuzz G2 ($81) is a good compromise for children ages four to nine. These smart gadgets look just like a real smartphone, and they even let kids send pictures, texts and voice messages to parent-approved contacts through the free KidiConnect app. The KidiBuzz G2 can take photos with fun filters, and offers more than 40 learning games.
Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot for Kids
Wonder Workshop Dash ($150) is another highly rated smart robot for kids. This award-winning blue robot is best for kids six and up. They can control its actions via voice commands or through one of its associated apps, which teach coding basics to students of different levels. Dash can be taught to sing, draw and move around, all while kids learn useful critical thinking skills.
Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet
The Fire HD 8 Kids Edition ($140) is packed with educational kid-friendly content, helping to make screen time more productive. This eight-inch high-definition tablet comes with a kid-proof case and built-in stand. If anything happens to it within the first two years, Amazon will replace it for free.
The tablet includes one year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which has more than 20,000 apps, games, books and videos, as well as educational content from PBS Kids, Nickelodeon and more. Kids can also use the Fire HD 8 Kids Edition Tablet to browse the internet, listen to music and watch videos — within the limits of your parental controls, of course.
Echo Glow Multicolor Smart Lamp for Kids
If you’re tired of constantly reminding your kids it’s time to clean up the breakfast dishes, get ready for bed and dozens of other daily prompts, you and your charges will love the Echo Glow Multicolor Smart Lamp for Kids ($30), which can be used as a fun reminder for tasks throughout the day. The lamp needs to be paired with a compatible Alexa device, and it can serve as a wake-up lamp, countdown timer and more, all using bright rainbow colors. It’s easy for parents to control the lamp via Alexa’s convenient voice commands.
Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit
Children who can’t get enough of Harry Potter will love this magical smart device. The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit ($62) allows kids to build their own magic wand, which responds to their movements. The associated app includes more than 70 creative challenges based in the beloved Harry Potter universe, teaching kids about coding as they play and explore its capabilities.
Osmo Genius Starter Kit for iPad
The Osmo Genius Starter Kit ($100) is an award-winning system that uses a tablet and physical game pieces to teach children problem-solving skills, puzzles, math, freehand drawing and much more. This version of the game is tailored to kids ages six to 10, and it includes everything they need to play five games. As kids manipulate the physical game pieces, Osmo sees and reacts to their moves in real-time, making it an interactive and educational experience.
Colgate Magik Smart Toothbrush for Kids
You can make an essential daily chore fun with the help of the Colgate Magik Smart Toothbrush ($18). This app-connected toothbrush encourages kids to brush their teeth by turning it into a fun gaming experience. They can unlock new worlds and earn rewards by taking care of their teeth, and parents get a dashboard to see how well they brushed. Win-win.
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