We chose from within Australia where we could, yet, as early adopters of any tech know, that isn’t always possible. So behold, here it is, our 2016 Top 10 Tech Gifts for Kids.
1. Snap Circuits®
The pi-top is a DIY computer you build yourself that helps you along your coding adventure, create awesome devices and take your knowledge to the next level. It’s powered by Raspberry Pi and excellent for anyone wanting to learn more about the credit card-sized Pi computer.
*You’ll need a USB powered keyboard and mouse to use the Pi-topCEED.
3. MaKey MaKey
MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century it turns everyday objects into touchpads and combines them with the internet. Replace your space key with everyday objects. Interact with your computer without using your keyboard or mouse. Play PacMan with a Play-Doh keyboard, or a piano with potatoes!
CodeMonkey is an online game that teaches programming in a real programming language called CoffeeScript. In the game, users control a monkey and help him catch bananas by writing lines of code. CodeMonkey is completely web based and does not require you to install anything. It comes with over 300 fun challenges and offers online support.
5. mBot STEM Robot Kit
Build your own robot and bring it to live with mBlock programming blocks inspired by popular kid’s coding language, Scratch. mBot comes with various basic pre-assembled options, including obstacle-avoidance car, line-following vehicle, remote control car, and can be used in multiple games like soccer and sumo wrestling.
6. Sew Electric
If you’re child’s interested in interactive toys, smart accessories, or light-up fashions, this kit is for them! Sew Electric has a set of free online tutorials that bring together craft, electronics, and programming. Make a series of quirky customizable projects including a sparkling bracelet, a glow in the dark bookmark, a fabric piano, and a monster that sings when you hold its hands.
A tablet designed for your child right here in Sydney, Australia! It’s both a tablet and a laptop with an Intel processor, 2GB of RAM and plenty of space – there’s enough power here to do everything your child needs, and more. We wanted to use these at QwertyKids, they just weren’t ready in time. We’ll definitely be upgrading to these when the time comes.
8. Create with Code: Build Your Own Website
This is the first book from the CoderDoJo Foundation, a global network of free, volunteer-led, community-based programming clubs for young people. The book contains step-by-step instructions, with challenges and open-ended prompts at the end of each section so that readers utilise their initiative while building their very own website!
9. Code Master™: The Ultimate Coding Board Game
Make programming fun by learning the basics without a computer! In Code Master, your Avatar travels to an exotic world in search of power Crystals. Playing Code Master won’t just teach you principles behind programming, you’ll also build planning, sequential reasoning and problem-solving skills.
Get crazyfun app building projects delivered monthly with either a digital or hard copy subscription. Each month you’ll receive dozens of coding projects, ranging from simple to more advanced. Children start with the code from Bitsbox, then change it to make it their own. Apps run on any computer, tablet, or phone with a web browser.