Ever since Icarus decided to build his own bird-wings and fly towards the sun, man has continuously pushed the envelope of technology to bring him closer to being able to fly as free as a bird. The only way we can help cultivate this passion is by giving children the best flying toys we can every find. You don’t have to scour the internet to find the top 10 flying toys for kids as we’ve already done that just for you.
- 1 Top 10 Flying Toys For Kids In 2016
- 1.1 S107/S107G RC Helicopter with Gyro by SYMA
- 1.2 X5C RC Quadcopter with HD Camera by SYMA
- 1.3 Ultra Flying Gyroscope by XZylo
- 1.4 Light Up Flying Saucer with Hand Launcher by Fun Stuff
- 1.5 Remote Control Flying Shark by Air Swimmer
- 1.6 Fairy Princess by Flutterbye Fairy
- 1.7 Rovio Angry Birds Air Swimmers Turbo by William Mark
- 1.8 HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone by Holy Stone
- 1.9 Chuckit! Flying Squirrel by Canine Hardware
- 1.10 Flingshot Slingshot Flying Screaming Monkey by Mazaa
Top 10 Flying Toys For Kids In 2016
1S107/S107G RC Helicopter with Gyro by SYMA
Age Range: At least 14 years old
One of the most fascinating things that fly is a helicopter primarily because of its ability to vertically take off and land, hover in place, and squeeze into tight spots in a way that airplanes cannot. That is why we included the S107/S107G RC Helicopter with Gyro as we are pretty sure your kids will definitely have endless hours of fun trying to control the flight of this miniature copter. In case you’re wondering what the difference between the S107 and the S107G variants is, the company says it’s all a matter of labeling. Whether you get the G version or not, you essentially get the same specs. The S107 features an infrared receiver that provides 4 different functionalities: gyro, mixer, ESC, and of course receiver. It measures 8.7 inches from nose to tail. It has an aluminum body frame to provide excellent protection against those uncontrolled hard landings. It comes with a brushed motor powered by a 3.7 volt 150mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery complete with a USB charger. The S107 already comes with a spare tail blade in case your kid happens to lose one in flight.
What We Like about It – The S107 is a great trainer for kids who would like to experience how it feels like to fly a helicopter and maneuver it sideways, forwards and backwards, and up and down including a combination of these directional movements. This should provide an excellent way to enhance spatial intelligence as well as depth of visual perception.
2X5C RC Quadcopter with HD Camera by SYMA
Age Range: At least 14 years old
If you want a more sophisticated flying toy for your pre-teen and something that he or she can use to explore the limitless possibilities of aerial photography and videography, then you’d better get one of the season’s bestsellers, the X5C RC Quadcopter with HD Camera from the same company that brought you the S107/S107G. The X5C has a very simple yet truly functional design. Four rotary blades attach to the four arms of the X5C forming a cross. The rotors are equally protected by sturdy Blade Guards. Landing skids are fitted into the ends of these arms to help absorb the impact of an uncontrolled landing or even an unfortunate crash. It’s made of highly durable, high grade plastic so there’s no problem with hard landings. LED lights adorn the underside of the X5C arms. Right under the belly is a 2-megapixel camera that is quite good enough to shoot high quality pictures as well as record aerial videos of the entire neighborhood. This should come in handy in school projects or even as a hobby for your kids who may be interested in aerial videography and photography. The motor is powered by a 3.7 volt 500 mAh lithium polymer rechargeable battery that takes about 100 minutes of continuous charging to provide a flight time of 7 minutes. We know the flight time is a bit limited but we guessed this can only push your kid to think on the fly as to what he or she needs to shoot or record while the X5C is up in the air. It’s also wind-resistant and is designed to be flown either indoors or outdoors. If you want to see more like this, check out our post on the most popular drones for kids this year.
What We Like about It – The X5C is an excellent beginner’s tool for aerial photography and videography. Taking pictures and recording videos is also made simpler by the fact that your kid will only be pushing a single button. Of course, what we like about the X5C is its compact, lightweight, and sturdy design. We just wished it had a much longer flight time, though.
3Ultra Flying Gyroscope by XZylo
Age Range: At least 8 years old
If you require a no-frills, no-fuss flying toy for your child, then maybe you’d be interested in the Ultra Flying Gyroscope. It doesn’t involve any complicated electronics. There’s no battery to be always concerned about whether it is properly charging or not or whether it will suddenly explode. There are no gears nor pointed or sharp edges that can pierce through your kid’s skin. The Ultra Flying Gyroscope is plain and simple throwing and flying fun. Just imagine a snare drum made of high grade plastic. You throw the Ultra Flying Gyroscope just as you would pitching a baseball or even throwing a pass to your teammate towards the end zone. When thrown correctly, the Ultra Flying Gyroscope can actually glide through the air for as far as 600 feet or roughly 183 meters, about 1 and two-thirds the length of a football field. Now that’s one superb flying for a motor-less, wingless, battery-less, and gear-less flying toy, don’t you think? The Ultra Flying Gyroscope has a diameter of about 9.5 centimeters which is slightly larger than the 7.5 diameter of a baseball. This should make throwing easy.
What We Like about It – The Ultra Flying Gyroscope may not have anything sophisticated in its design but its functionality is really amazing. This is particularly beneficial for strengthening your kid’s arm muscles as he or she will have to throw with all his or her might if he or she wants to see the Ultra Flying Gyroscope soar through the sky.
4Light Up Flying Saucer with Hand Launcher by Fun Stuff
Age Range: At least 5 years old
It’s a clear yet moon-less night, the nighttime sky only illuminated by the shimmer of distant stars. Then suddenly you see a disc-shaped light in the horizon, hovering over you. You know it’s not an airplane nor a helicopter because of the unusual silence. UFO? Has E.T. finally decided to return? Are you already in Rockwell or maybe in Area 51? Worry not as this could just very well be a Light Up Flying Saucer with Hand Launcher that was launched by your neighbor’s kid in their backyard. The Light Up Flying Saucer is one of the simplest flying toys you can get for your kids. It flies by rotating the blades using a pull string mechanism. This rapidly rotates the blades that have been shaped and configured like that of the rotors of a helicopter providing lift. What is amazing with the Light Up Flying Saucer is that LED lights are integrated into the blades of the rotor giving it a unique colorful glow in flight. To appreciate the lights though, your kid will have to use it in a darkened environment to make a really spectacular show. While the Light Up Flying Saucer lacks the technical sophistication of remote controlled aerial vehicles, it does provide a means for kids to understand some of the basic principles of flight. The disk has a diameter of 9.75 inches and can take the Light Up Flying Saucer up to a height of 50 feet.
What We Like about It – The Light Up Flying Saucer has a very simple design. But it is very helpful in explaining the principles of flight to very young kids. It’s great for strengthening hand and arm muscles, too.
5Remote Control Flying Shark by Air Swimmer
Age Range: At least 8 years old
What if you saw a 4.75 foot great white shark not swimming towards you but flying and gliding towards you with its menacing look and razor-sharp, fully serrated teeth? We’re pretty sure you’ll be asking yourself if the world has already turned upside down. We’re pretty sure, you’d be slapping your face in the hope that you’ll be awakened from your nightmare. Fear not, though, as what you saw is just the Flying Shark. Yes, that’s right. It’s a flying shark, remote controlled, that is. It is more like those party balloons that are shaped like animals and other characters. The only difference is that the Flying Shark can actually be controlled to move in any direction. Let your child control this flying aquatic behemoth from a distance of up to 40 feet and see it fly on its back or even glide backwards, sideways, or even standing up like a bottle nose dolphin performing tricks. The Flying Shark is made of very durable nylon and filled with helium gas which is good for 2 weeks. By then, you can refill it with helium. Because of its durable construction, your kid can bounce it off any wall or any surface and it won’t break. You will need 4 pieces of AAA batteries for the remote controller, though.
What We Like about It – The Flying Shark has a very unique look and feel to it that you can actually put it on display. The ultra-realistic paint scheme is simply phenomenal. For kids, this should be a really fun way to fly something that is known to be the lord of the ocean.
6Fairy Princess by Flutterbye Fairy
Age Range: At least 5 years old
Little children have always been fascinated with fairies, especially young girls. You can now help foster your young girl’s imagination about fairies by giving her the Flutterbye Fairy Princess. Just think of a smaller version of Barbie but with all the beauty and elegance of the classic doll. Now, add some fairy wings and a beautiful fairy gown and you now have the Flutterbye Fairy Princess. In case you’re wondering what a doll is doing in our list of flying toys, the Flutterbye actually flies and flutters. The Fairy Princess stands on her dedicated launch pad that doubles as a charging base. With the press of a button, the Fairy Princess gently lifts off and will slowly glide downwards. To keep it fluttering in the air, your kid will have to open her palms and put it directly underneath the fluttering Flutterbye Fairy Princess. Sensors on the Flutterbye recognize the proximity of your kid’s palms hence, controlling it to fly higher. It does create the illusion of a fairy really fluttering or floating over your little girl’s palm. Once your Flutterbye Fairy Princess has grown tired fluttering around, she can conveniently rest and recharge on her charging base. You don’t have to worry about batteries because it can be charged using the accompanying USB cable.
What We Like about It – The Flutterbye’s technology is amazing. It reminds us of a ground-radar system. Young girls will really appreciate the way the fairy hovers over their open palms. Too bad, Tinkerbelle is not around.
7Rovio Angry Birds Air Swimmers Turbo by William Mark
Age Range: At least 6 years old
Everyone loves playing Angry Birds on their mobile devices. It’s so popular that a lot of merchandise have been developed using the franchise’s signature characters. The Angry Birds Air Swimmers Turbo is one such merchandise and one that we believe kids will love. Just like the Flying Shark, the Angry Birds operate more like a balloon that can be controlled to move in any direction that your kid will want it to go. It has been redesigned to give it a sleeker and faster turbo design. Its rechargeable battery means you will not be spending a lot of money on buying batteries every time the remote controller’s power needs some recharging.
What We Like about It – The Rovio Angry Birds Air Swimmers is perfect for fans of the famous app. Now, they can complete their Angry Birds collection. We’d suggest getting the Bad Piggies, too.
8HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone by Holy Stone
Age Range: At least 14 years old
With news of drone strikes hugging the limelight over in Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan, it comes as no surprise if kids are also very much interested in drone technologies. The HS170 Predator Mini RC Helicopter Drone may not be as mean as its military namesake, the MQ-1 Predator, but it sure is an excellent introduction to a drone pilot wannabe. The HS170 Predator features a headless flight system so kids don’t need to orient the HS170 before flight. Stability is also guaranteed with its 6-axis gyro system. The HS170 can be controlled up to 50 meters and stay airborne for a maximum of 8 minutes usually after a full charge that takes 80 minutes to complete.
What We Like about It – The simple flight controls of the HS170 is something that kids will love. Its other features are remarkable as well.
9Chuckit! Flying Squirrel by Canine Hardware
Age Range: At least 5 years old
If you have a kid and a dog, what better way to foster your child’s love for his or her pet than with the Chuckit! Flying Squirrel? Sure, this is not really a kid’s toy but it sure is fun to watch your child throw it with all his or her might and then watch your dog leap in the air to catch it. The Flying Squirrel comes with paws that glow in the dark. The design is more like a flying lemur which has a loose layer of skin on its sides that allows it to glide from tree to tree. Your kid simply throws the Chuckit! as high as he or she possibly can and then watch it glide through the air. Then you can train your dog to catch it.
What We Like about It – The Chuckit! is a fun way to foster the budding relationship between your kid and your dog. If you don’t have a dog, your kid can still play with it.
10Flingshot Slingshot Flying Screaming Monkey by Mazaa
Age Range: At least 4 years old
Can you remember the slingshot we used to play with when we were kids? Well, it’s back in a redesigned form. Instead of placing a small pebble to serve as a projectile for the slingshot, the Flingshot instead uses a Flying Screaming Monkey. The monkey’s hands are tipped with elastic bands that you place over your fingers. Pull back on the monkey as far as possible and let her rip through the air. The monkey even has a cape to mimic a Super Monkey. Here’s the fun part. Every time the monkey launches into the air, it lets out monkey calls that will signal its flight.
What We Like about It – The Flingshot is a very ingenious take on a classic slingshot design. We’re pretty sure Mom and Dad will be having plenty of fun launching their respective monkeys into the air together with their kids.
How We Chose the Top Flying Toys in Our List
There are many different kinds of vehicles or toys that fly. From balloons to gliders to gyrocopters to kites to radio controlled airplanes and a whole lot more. Choosing which ones among these flying toys can be a real headache. Nevertheless, we were able to create a list of what we consider to be the top ten flying toys we can ever give to our kids this Christmas, for their birthdays, or even on any other special occasion. Here’s how we did it.
First, the design technology had to be considered. It may have a very simple design but if it truly functional then we’d definitely consider it. However, the technology must also be safe. Majority of today’s toys, especially those that fly, are full of electronic parts and components that may pose a certain degree of safety risk for very young children. This also speaks about the complexity of the toy. The more features it has, the more electronic components it has, the more complex it becomes, and the more challenging it becomes for the kid to be able to maintain it.
This brings us to our second consideration. Since these toys are generally designed for kids, we would definitely want them to benefit from these toys in terms of their physical, mental, cognitive, emotional, and social development. Technically, we examined each feature that the flying toy has and tried to determine what developmental benefit it can bring to children.
Next, we also considered the words of parents as well as other consumers who have already tried the toy. The toymaker’s reputation and credibility was also considered. They must have a long history of good quality and developmentally beneficial products.
So, this is how we ended up with the ten best flying toys you can ever get for your child this coming Yuletide season.
Benefits of Flying Toys to Kids
We already know that toys play a big role in children’s physical, psychological, emotional, and social development. And while flying toys may look like any other object that we throw into the air, this action alone already has developmental implications. If you’re wondering how flying toys can benefit children, read on.
- Enhances imagination – Kids will always be fascinated by things or events that man is incapable of doing. True, we can ride airplanes but we cannot fly ourselves. This spurs children’s imagination thinking what it would be like if man had the power of flight in the same way as birds.
- Builds motor coordination and strength – Throwing flying toys into the air helps develop the muscles of the arms. Controlling them with a device will also require dexterity as well as the excellent coordination between what the eyes see and how the fingers manipulate the controls. There’s simply more to it than just holding onto the remote controller.
- Improves social skills – Flying any of these types of toys is a lot more fun if shared with other kids. This provides the opportunity for children to develop their social interaction skills which can also help improve their language and communication.
The Bottom Line
Flying toys are not really just for kids as they can be great stress-busters for adults as well. Our top 10 flying toys can help you decide on which to get for your kid and the rest of your family.
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