The spark of imagination and creativity is one of those things that makes kids, kids. There are plenty of gadgets out there to help inspire children and bring their ideas to life. These 5 best tech gifts for your creative kids will bring their creative imaginations to life and have a lot of fun on the way.
1. Vtech KidiZoom Action Camera
Taking great photographs is a wonderful way to express creativity, not to mention it’s something that can be fostered into a career path. The Vtech KidiZoom Action Camera is basically a GoPro for kids. It’s a small digital camera designed for the kind of roughhousing a kid might put it through. The camera captures images and videos alike, is super simple to use, and is made from durable materials with a protective design. It can stand up to just about anything.
One great little thing about the camera is that it rotates 180 degrees so kids can capture selfies and personal videos of themselves. It has plenty of other great little features too, including the ability to capture images and videos in slow motion and a range of accessories. The camera can be attached to bikes, skateboards, and a whole host of other things. Vtech made the camera to be waterproof up to six feet as well. Nothing is going to get in the way of your kids being able to take all the photographs they want. Like many other products in the Vtech range, it also has some extra games built-in for some extra challenge and overall value.
2. Hexbug Nano Bugs
What kid doesn’t love bugs? If you want your kids to be able to have access to bugs without there being any actual bugs involved, then consider the Hexbug Nano Bugs. These wonderful little robots are programmed to act just like actual bugs. As well as giving children a way to sate their curiosity about bugs, the nano bugs teach them a lot about science and bugs while allowing them to express some creativity.
Children are able to design and create their own habitats for their little nano bugs. They can give their bugs names and register them online for more information about bugs. The Nano Bugs give children a way to learn and express themselves all at the same time with none of the mess of real bugs.
3. iBuyPower SBX
Games and apps are a great way to express creativity but they need a hardware platform to run on. Even children are interested in having a gaming computer that can do anything they want it to do. The iBuyPower SBX is a great little gaming computer for kids. The computer can be set up and used in a living room so you’ll always know what the kids are up to.
Considering that this is a computer, it looks more like a games console than anything else. The SBX is also designed to be used like a games console. Just connect it to the TV using a HDMI cable and it’ll look like anything else in the living room. The inside of the machine is built more like a PC though and your child will still get a full Windows computer experience.
There are definitely more powerful gaming computers out there, but the iBuyPower SBX offers a lot of things that make it a good choice. For a start, it’s designed to be smaller and simpler and good for kids. The SBX is also cheaper than the average full-power gaming PC. That it connects to the TV and can be set up in a living room is another bonus. All in all, the SBX gives you an easy way to introduce kids to games and programs that challenge them creatively and allow them to express themselves.
It’s fair to say that everyone loves robots, but no one loves them more than kids do. The Ozobot is particularly cool because not only does it respond to games programmed into the digital game board, but it also responds to lines drawn on paper with marker.
On the basic level the robot is a fun little toy that will bring the family together with nothing but some markers and paper. On top of that though, it comes with plenty of games and puzzles – with more available online – to offer plenty of creative fun and activities for kids.
One thing that really sets the Ozobot apart is that it is programmed with colors, not words. Different colors will trigger different behaviors in the robot. Kids don’t write out a program for it, they draw them. Children can learn about coding and programming while expressing themselves.
LittleBits are electronic bricks that allow children to combine things in the home with electronics to create their own toys and gadgets. The gadget basically allows children to create fun and inventive things with electronics by just connecting some blocks together. The blocks in the set are color-coded electronic components. The bricks are attached together and basically work themselves so your kids won’t need to know complex electronics to enjoy them.
The great thing about LittleBits is that they can be connected up to everyday objects to create something more fun. Kids can use LittleBits to create something like a Christmas hat that displays a flying Santa or a bow tie that responds to voice commands. The only thing holding your children back will be their imaginations.