LITTLE CHRISTMAS GIFT GUIDE: LITTLE TECHIES
As a family, we’ve always tried to offer our children a variety of hands-on toys to play with to spark creativity and imagination. But, if you’re children are anything like mine, the realm of electronics and gadgets is all too tempting. I do find it fascinating to see my children using technology, and how quickly they adapt to this ever-changing world. It can be hard to prise children away from endless hours spent online, but there are plenty of tangible, imaginative, educational and engaging toys and gadgets that would make the perfect gift for a tech-savvy little one! I’ve rounded up some of my favourites with ideas for both pre-school and juniors.
This great little camera is easy to use and perfect for little ones who love to take fun photos of their friends and even record movies with added animations and funny voice effects. What could be better than seeing the world through the eyes of a child? BUY HERE
John Lewis £29.99
Minecraft mania is wide-spread amongst millions of children, with opportunities to play this popular game through a variety of platforms. Creative freedom is at the very core of Minecraft, and now Mattel have produced this clever kit inspired by the online community and mass of fan video content. Make your own Minecraft story come to life using the selection of props and mini figures provided. Just download the FREE mobile app , swap out the props and figures for endless story-telling and create/edit your movies in a few easy steps. BUY HERE
This Loopz Interactive Game takes ‘Simon Says’ to a whole new level.
Watch for the pulsating light cues and music patterns, then wave your hands in and out of the “loopz” in the same pattern. Once they get the hang of it, kids as young as five can enjoy mimicking the patterns and using their senses and memory at the same time. BUY HERE
Disney Store £29.95
The devoted astromech droid has so much to tell you about his latest adventures in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With two modes of activation, BB-8 is ready to beep, squeak, spin and roll his way into your heart. BUY HERE
The Marbo Intelligent Penguin encourages young children to interact socially whilst playing games on your smartphone or tablet. Have fun chatting, dancing and singing with your new friend! The FREE app contains solid educational content with a large number of fun activities for hours of play! BUY HERE
Playtime just got smarter! Meet Dash & Dot, robots helping kids learn to code.
Coding opens our eyes and helps us think differently, we begin to understand how things around us work, helping to turn ideas into adventures and create within the digital realm.
Children learn through play. Combining a real robot with coding fires up a child’s imagination, inspires dreams, and builds confidence. BUY HERE
Children can explore the world using this fun and educational Smart Globe. The talking Smart Pen interacts with the globe and children can listen to fascinating facts and topics about Continents, Countries, Capitals, Population and even Currency. BUY HERE
The LeapFrog LeapReader is top learn-to-read-and-system that helps children to learn to read by sounding out letters and words using lively character voices. The imaginative stories are engaging, whilst also building vocabulary and reading comprehension skills. It also guides children with their handwriting, and even helps to develop their listening skills to encourage a love of reading. BUY HERE
Not On The High Street £23.00
This cool electronics kit provides an introduction to the exciting world of electronics, and aims to inspire and educate whilst having fun! Containing instructions and reusable components for various projects ranging from lighting an LED to building a cookie jar alarm. The best thing – no soldering required! Making it perfectly child-friendly. BUY HERE