10 Cool Gadgets for Kids in 2017

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Many of today’s children are well-versed with the latest in technological advancements. Give them a computer and they can easily manipulate it to their liking. Give the same computer to their Granny and they might not even see what’s on the screen. The point is that today’s kids grew up in an environment where technology has played a major part in shaping the world. That is why we’ve come up with 10 cool gadgets for your kids this 2016. We know we only have a few weeks left before we finally say goodbye to 2016. So, let these gizmos be the fitting gift for your child as he or she wraps up the year in style.

10 Cool Gadgets For Kids

Minecraft Computer Kit by Piper

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Age Range: 8 to 13 years old

There is nothing better for kids to get really excited about gadgets and gizmos than building their very own computer. The Pi open framework computer system is the basis of the Piper Minecraft Computer Kit. Just imagine all the electronic and computer circuitry that your child will ever need to come up with his or her very own computer which he or she can use to play Minecraft. Now, that would simply be amazing. The best part of it is that your child will also learn how to program his or her very own computer so he or she will gain an understanding of the fundamental concepts of computer programming. What will your child code, you ask? His or her Minecraft game, of course.

The Minecraft Pi Computer Kit teaches kids three fundamental things: building, coding, and creating. The Piper kit is one excellent way to help children get used to the different parts of a computer that make it work. It includes easy-to-follow instructions on how to put together these different components like the Raspberry Pi 3 project logic board complete with a Quad Core CPU running on 1.2 gHz, 1 Gb of RAM, and 8 Gb of secure digital storage card for saving your child’s Minecraft gameplay progress. Also included are cables to put these things together including one that attaches to an LCD screen. All of these are built into a wooden box to help kids really have fun building their very own computer.

Once fully built, they can now program it using a variety of programming modules that come with the kit. Unlike other Minecraft toys that are fully dependent on the developer of the mod, your kid will have all the control right in his or her hands. This way, he or she can truly create something out of the ordinary. The Pi is also WiFi-enabled so your kid can seamlessly play with the rest of his or her friends. For more great products like this, check out our post on the most popular minecraft toys for kids this year.

What We Like about It – The Piper Minecraft Pi Computer Kit is one superbly amazing gadget that puts technology right in the hands of your child. Its very intuitive design should help introduce the concepts of computer technology, programming, and engineering to your kids. It cannot be more exciting than this.

Gizmos & Gadgets Kit by littleBits

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

If the Piper Pi Kit teaches your child to build and program his or her very own computer, the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit teaches your child to build 16 incredible inventions that will surely stimulate your kid’s critical thinking, logical reasoning, and fascination for science and technology. The Gizmos & Gadgets is so easy to build as it requires no programming, no complicated wiring, and no risky soldering of component parts. It’s as easy as snap and go. LittleBits designed the Gizmos & Gadgets to stimulate inventiveness among children where they can create something from the numerous Bits that come with the kit, play with their creation or use it, and then tinker with it to either improve its performance or fine-tune its effectiveness. And if they are already bored with their creation, they can easily dismantle it and then create an entirely different gizmo or gadget. Its mechanical experimentation elevated to a whole new level. And here’s the best part. The Gizmos & Gadgets can actually be controlled by any mobile device that runs on either iOS or Android. Unfortunately, there are no support yet for devices that run on Fire, Blackberry, and Windows Phone platforms. Nevertheless, just the thought of your kid being able to control his or her creations right from a mobile app is so enticing.

What We Like about It – This gadget is excellent for enhancing or even stimulating creativity in children. They will learn to experiment with the different Bits so they will really have to use their problem solving competencies.

PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane by PowerUp

PowerUp 3.0 Smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

Children are always fascinated with things that fly. Rather than getting them quadcopters, remote controlled drones, and the like, why not just get them the PowerUp 3.0 smartphone Controlled Paper Airplane? Just imagine an ordinary looking paper airplane but attached with a Smart Module. So, all your child has to do is to build his or her very own paper airplane, attach the Bluetooth Smart Module, download the app into his or her mobile device, and let the PowerUp 3.0 fly. The mobile device acts as the remote controller for the paper airplane. On a full charge, your kid will be flying the PowerUp 3.0 for up to 10 minutes with an effective radius of 180 feet. Honestly, this is one of the best gadgets for children who have an unquenched fascination for technologies that fly. At the very least, you are also not going to worry about the fuselage of the plane. You can easily construct another one should it get crumpled. The most important part of the PowerUp 3.0 is the Smart Module. Know that while the device works on Bluetooth technology, we found out that the mobile app is only available on iOS and Android devices. So, this should be understood before you purchase the PowerUp 3.0.

What We Like about It – The PowerUp 3.0 is a superb learning instrument for children to appreciate the principles of flight, lift, and aerodynamics. It also gets them interested in the art of origami paper folding while introducing concepts in physics. Plus, it really is a fun way to fly and steer a paper airplane.

Kaleidoscope Blue Christmas Lightshow Projection by Gemmy

Kaleidoscope Blue Christmas Lightshow Projection

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Age Range: For all ages

Light shows have always fascinated kids. The Kaleidoscope Blue Christmas Lightshow Projection gadget helps ensure your children’s fascination will only grow as they get mesmerized with the beautiful blue lights. Designed primarily for outdoor use, be it in your backyard or even the front lawn, it is so easy to set up because of its already-built in yard stake. All you or your kid needs to do is to stake it to the ground, plug it to an electric outlet, and bedazzled by the fantastic lightshow. Neighbors will be baffled and amused at the same time because the neighborhood will no longer be as drab as before. More importantly, your kids will simply be amazed at where those kaleidoscopic light patterns are emanating from.

What We Like about It – This lightshow projection device is an excellent tool for stimulating children’s curiosity. They will try to figure out how light is produced and how a kaleidoscope actually works.

Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab by SmartLab Toys

Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

In a world that runs on electronics it is not really a surprise if kids have a very keen interest on how these things work. Sure, you can try to explain to the different concepts of capacitors, ohms, wattages, and volts as well as other concepts but everything will simply be a blur to them. A much better solution is to give them the Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab. This is a kit that will not only introduce your child to the thrilling world of electronics but also help entice him or her to develop his or her own electrical ingenuity with the Smart Circuits’ six base boards providing the framework for your kid’s creativity. The kit comes with a very detailed instruction guide on how to build up to 50 different electronic gadgets and gizmos using the various components of the Smart Circuits. With 10 smart modules providing a wide array of functions from microprocessing to LED lighting and a whole lot more, the Smart Circuits is one great way to let children create their own gizmos that light up, produce a variety of sounds, and more. The best part of it is that once these gadgets or games have been built, then your kid can start playing with them.

What We Like about It – The Smart Circuits is an excellent instrument for kids to learn about electronics as well as the other concepts that are related to the development and operation of some of today’s ubiquitous gadgets.

Over the Rainbow Crank Music Box by Kikkerland

Over the Rainbow Crank Music Box

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Age Range: At least 3 years old

With so many MP3 players and other music boxes flooding the market, it would be a rarity to find an old-fashioned music box that you’ll have to crank to listen to its beautiful melodies. With the Over the Rainbow Crank Music Box, it will be more like traveling down memory lane back to the days when simple gears cranked by hand were already considered as space age technology. Now your kid can try to make a comparison between the technology of our times and the gadgets that they now have. This comparison should help them understand just how advanced the technology of today is. The good thing about the Crank Music Box is that it represents an old technology that still works like a charm every time you crank it and enjoy the soft melodies it produces.

What We Like about It – The Crank Music Box is a wonderful gadget of yesteryears. Your kid will appreciate just how technologically advanced these gizmos were at the height of their popularity and that these same outdated technology still works.

Airzooka Air Cannon by Can You Imagine

Airzooka Air Cannon

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Age Range: At least 6 years old

Want a gadget that is not reliant on batteries, computers, or any modern-day components? Then you need the Airzooka Air Cannon. It’s shaped like an oversized megaphone with a sturdy plastic in the front end of the cannon. What your child will do is to pull back the elastic air launcher, aim, and fire. But wait! What does it shoot, you ask? A ball of air! That’s right. The Airzooka traps the volume of air located in the front of its muzzle. When the launcher is released, it pushes this volume of air forwards up to distances of 50 feet. It’s a great way to enjoy a game of can knock-downs where your child stacks several cans some distance away and use the Airzooka to blast those cans from their arrangement. It could serve as a great prank, too. Standing 50 feet away, your child can mess the hair of his or her friend by blasting it with a harmless ball of air.

What We Like about It – The Airzooka has a very simple concept and design. However, the tons of fun it brings is simply unimaginable. Your kid will also learn some of the principles of physics in this air cannon.

Bonga Windup by Kikkerland

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Age Range: At least 8 years old

Among all the kiddie gadgets we’ve reviewed, nothing can really come close to the fun and laughter we had with the Bonga Windup. This 8-legged metallic critter is so fun to watch as it crawls its way across any flat surface. Put your hand directly in its path and all Bonga will do is to climb over it. Kids simply need to wind it up and watch Bonga explore every nook and cranny of your home.

What We Like about It – Bonga has a really infectious personality. And the way it moves will definitely make you want to imitate it.

Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game by Squirrel Products

Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game

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Age Range: At least 14 years old

Designed primarily to test you and your children’s reflexes, the Lightning Reaction Reloaded – Shocking Game is one gizmo you’d want to bring to a kiddie party or even to any other social gathering. It’s an excellent icebreaker where everyone tensely awaits for the red light up button in the center of the gadget to turn green while a suspenseful music plays in the background. As soon as the light turns green it’s all triggers away. Be the last to pull the trigger and you’ll be in for the shock of your life. The good thing is that even kids can play this since the gadget’s electric shock can be set to the lowest setting, which is just enough to let the child know that he or she is the last one to hit the trigger. For adults, you can go as high as you possibly want to make the whole experience more electrifying.

What We Like about It – The Lightning Reaction Reloaded is a fantastic game of focus, concentration, and superb reflexes. This should help your child really coordinate his or her visual and motor skills.

KOBRA Retro LED Color Changing Light Bulb with Remote Control by KOBRA Products

 KOBRA Retro LED Color Changing Light Bulb with Remote Control

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Age Range: At least 5 years old

While the KOBRA Retro LED Color Changing Light Bulb is not really a kid’s toy, we knew that it is one fantastic gadget that children will love. We know that kids love lightshows especially those involving a variety of colors. With the KOBRA Retro LED, you don’t actually need to buy many bulbs of different colors. You only need one. With the KOBRA remote controller, your kid can easily change the color of his or her light bulb in an instant. There are 48 different color combinations to choose from stemming from the 4 basic colors of white, red, green, and blue. Each of these will have 12 different hues bringing the total to 48. The brightness levels can also be controlled. Now, how cool is that?

What We Like about It – The color changing technology of this LED light is phenomenal. It gives children the power to control the mood of their bedrooms or playrooms.

How We Chose the 10 Coolest Kids’ Gadgets in Our List

This is one of the trickiest projects we have ever done. Why? Well, modern living is actually filled with a lot of gadgets. From our living room to the kitchen to our kids’ playroom and bedroom, there are gizmos and devices that are truly wonderful pieces of technology. Go to a toy store and you’ll see rows upon rows of toy shelves full of gadgetry. You could easily pick one and your kid will still enjoy it.

We had to scrutinize every bit of gizmo that our researchers have shortlisted. We specifically looked at the product’s developmental benefits to children. The more areas of development that is covered, the greater is the chance that the product will be included in our final list. This is very important as we firmly believe that gadgets serve a purpose. However, since we are talking about kids here and not adults like us, then we had to make sure that these technological pieces will be beneficial in their growth and development.

Secondly, we had to make sure it’s safe for kids. Most of today’s technology run on some form of electricity, whether it is AC or DC. It is therefore imperative for us to check for electrical safety in these products, lest we expose our children to potential harm. The materials used in the product were also examined as a matter of safety.

We then tried to consider how children would react if they are given any of these products. To help us understand children’s sentiments, we read hundreds of feedbacks from parents who report of their children’s experiences with these gadgets. While these are only second-hand information, they did prove invaluable to us in creating a mental image of how good this product can be in the hands of a kid.

Kids and Today’s Technology

Man’s evolutionary development is closely tied to the advances in science and technology. There’s simply a lot of things that we do now that have been simplified or made more convenient by these technological advances. Children, in particular, are able to benefit a lot from these modern-day gadgets and gizmos. Here are some of the benefits of today’s technology in the growth and development of children.

  • Enhances creativity – Many of today’s gizmos allow children to use their creativity to the fullest. The creation of a particular gadget, for example, is made a lot easier by technology allowing children to explore the infinite number of possibilities in their creations.
  • Aids in understanding science and technology concepts – From computer programming to engineering and principles of physics, children can use many of today’s gadgets as an example of how these concepts apply in real life. This greatly aids in their understanding of the different principles inherent in any professional discipline.
  • Promotes a healthy self-concept – When kids are able to create something extraordinary, maybe a robot or a computer, this gives them a sense of accomplishment which also enhances their self-esteem and self-confidence. The end result is a much healthier self-concept enabling them to function in a much more progressive manner in the real world.
  • Improves social interaction skills – Many of today’s technology helps improve children’s social interaction skills. As kids are introduced to different science and technology concepts, they widen their vocabulary as well as understanding of how the world works. This can be the basis of a more successful establishment of social relationships.

The Bottom Line

There are many gadgets and gizmos in the world. Everywhere you look, there’s bound to be a gadget that kids can be fascinated with. You can also get any of our ten cool gadgets for kids if in case you are not sure which ones will work best for your child.

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Selina Marie
Selina Marie is our head of content for MyKidNeedsThat.com, mum of two and a self proclaimed toy geek. When she isn't juggling the madness at home, on a school run or baking her world famous blueberry muffins, you will find her product researching and keeping the site freshly updated with the latest toys and fun for our readers!
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