So its time to start planning for this years best smart Christmas toys for kids this year. But what to buy them?
2018 is shaping up to be the year of smart robotic toys. Companies such as Anki and Lego have been taking the world by storm. They have new robotic products, that are children friendly and promote learning while they play.
So let’s take a look at some of the best smart Xmas tech toys to put under the Christmas tree this year for your children or partner. Yes even us big kids need fun smart gifts. The future in Artificial Intelligent toy games has finally arrived.
Anki Overdrive Starter Kit – Smart non-slot car racing.
Gone are the slots for guidance and power. Instead, each car is smart enough to stay on the track. Unless hunted down by your enemy.
- Use your mobile device like tablets to take command of real robotic super-cars and trucks in Anki overdrive.
- Build up to eight battlefield tracks in seconds, with the starter kit.
- Battle and race against friends or A.I controlled vehicles.
- An Anki overdrive starter kit and a compatible mobile phone or tablet are required to play with full features.
- Expand the battle with expansion tracks, supercars, and the all-new super-trucks.
- Unlock upgrades with regular track time and win.
The kit comes with 2 artificial intelligent super-cars, and 10 pieces of clever magnetic locking tracks. With the options of purchasing extra expansion smart tracks and cars, this is one smart slot car track that will keep the kids and yourselves entertained for hours.
Anki Cosmo smart robot for kids. The robot with personality.
The Anki Cosmo smart robot friend is designed from the ground up to be fully interactive with you and your children.
He’s an advanced supercomputer and loyal friend all at once. Thanks to artificial intelligence (A.I), Cozmo can express hundreds of emotions. From happy to tired, persistent to angry, he has personality only a mother could love.
He knows your name, face, and quirks. And best of all, he continues to evolve and learn the more you hang out and play. It’s the perfect smart Christmas toys for children.
- Compatible with IOS or Android devices with the free downloadable cozmo app (android linked) required. New games and upgrades are unlocked the more you play.
- Durability and security have been rigorously tested with over 300 internal parts.
- The Cozmo SDK beta is a connected robotics platform for makers, hobbyists, educators, and researchers.
- 1 Cozmo robot; 1 USB charger and 3 LED power cubes.
Cosmo is fully aware of its environment and will map out his territory so you can interact with him more. With 50 internal gears, his range of motion is amazing.
Powered by an emotion engine your child can really set off a range of personalities. Making this once clever robot.
Cosmo can stack blocks, count numbers, play games against you like the fastest finger, and also navigate an obstacle course you make.
DJI Spark smart drone quadcopter
The DJI Spark is an amazing piece of technology placed into a small drone body. With features like face recognition, auto follows and collision avoidance this quad-copter is crazy smart.
Control it with your phone, hand signals or the optional wireless controller you can pick the option that works for you.
With hand signals, you don’t even have to learn to fly the DJI spark. This drone will more just by looking at your specific hand movements.
- 2-Axis Stabilized Gimbal Camera; 12MP Still Photos / 1080p/30 frames – Video
- Gesture and TapFly Control; Fly Autonomy with obstacle detection sensors.
- Subject Tracking from Various Angles; GPS- & Vision position-based navigation
- Top Speed of 31 mph in Sports Mode; Up to 16 Minutes flying time
- Up to 1.2 Mile Control Range; control, edit, share with DJI GO App
- Auto return to home with the loss of radio signal. Self-landing.
- Up-gradable firmware on both the DJI Spark and the hand controller for extra features.
Tech gifts for kids – Quad-copters
The DJI Spark has a huge following, not surprised considering that there is so much advanced technology squeezed into such a tiny body. Now your children can take videos of all those amazing activities that they do. All hands-free with just a touch of a button.
Flying a quad-copter drone has never been so easy and fun. Its one of the most advanced smart Christmas toys here for your kids or yourself.
If you are after just a cheaper hand-sized pocket drone, then check out our review of the FQ777-124. Its cheaper by more than 10x and is well built with great flying time. But it’s not as smart. We used them as training drones before we gave our kids a full-sized DJI Spark drone. Its the perfect tech gift for younger kids.
What I really like about the DJI Spark is how stable the 2 axis mechanical gimbal camera is. The picture quality is fantastic with up to 1080p quality due to the large pixels 12 MP sensor. Value for money its the best smart drone out there hands down.
Its suited for the more older children but my 7-year-old boy fly’s it well, after a few guided sessions. Great excuse to spend quality time with your kids.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox 17101 (Huge 847 Piece kit set)
Gone are the days when your child finishes building their Lego set, only to leave it sitting in their cupboard never to be played with again. Lego Boost solves this by making their kit fully interactive with a tablet.
- Includes over 846 LEGO pieces, able to build 5 model robots, plus the kit includes a LEGO Move Hub, Interactive Motor, and a Color & Distance Sensor, poster and play-mat.
- Move Hub features Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity, two encoded motors with tachometers, activation button, internal tilt sensor and a light.
- Color & Distance Sensor detects distance, motion, and color, and can also function as a light source.
- Building instructions for all 5 models are included with the free LEGO Boost app. The kit requires 6 AAA batteries (not included). We use rechargeable Eneloops which work fine.
- Vernie the robot stands over 10in (27cm) tall, Guitar4000 measures over 1in (5cm) high, 16in (42cm) long and 5in (15cm) wide. Then there is Frankie the Cat, M.T.R.4 rover, and Auto Builder which is an automated production line factory.
- Please Note: A tablet is required to build and play with LEGO BOOST.
The great thing about Lego Boost is the number of interactive activities you can do with each robot model. Once your child gets bored with the current model just dismantle it and build another.
They soon will find a favorite, and the learning never stops. Software and Lego hardware all rolled into one.
Updated Sphero 2.0: The App-Controlled Robot Ball
If you haven’t seen Sphero in action before its best to have a look at the video shown below. Its a fully waterproof go anywhere robotic ball, that can be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.
With wireless charging and motion sensing, the Sphero smart ball has so many options to interact with it your kids. They will have hours of fun playing and learning and racing against their friends or even the pet dog.
With around 1 hour of run time, and a 3-hour wireless recharge through the induction charger, its got great battery life.
Sphero 2 Features
- App-controlled robot ball traveling up to 7 ft per second with a high impact polycarbonate shell
- SMART Bluetooth connection with a range of 100 ft
- 2 ramps included so you can build obstacle courses
- Includes inductive charging base providing over an hour of full throttle fun
- STEAM Educational programming SPRK+ used from over 4,500 teachers and schools worldwide use Sphero to teach coding with the free code apps.
- Over 30 free apps can be downloaded to upgrade your play from iTunes App Store or Google Play. Item can only be used with Apple or Android products
- Pet-friendly with loads of additional silicon soft outer shell covers to choose from.
The new Sphero 2.0 is one amazing product for 2017. Now with added features and app support this little robot ball has traveled far. Its like magic that this round smooth ball can move by itself and virtually go anywhere.
If you wrap it in the silicon outer tread you now have a 4×4 beast that can go all terrain. It’s a whole lot more fun in the yard going over jumps and racing with your friends on the dirt.
But if you have 3 kids then prepare to have to buy 4 of them. One for yourself, they are that much fun. Just don’t expect them to stay under the Christmas tree for long. They will be cruising around the whole house in no time.
Suited for any age 3 and up as long as they can hold a mobile phone. Controlling it is so easy and virtually indestructible.
Ozobot 2.0 Bit Starter Pack, the Smart Robot Toy that Teaches Coding and Inspires Creativity for Children
Control your Ozbot with colors. It’s easy to draw OzoCode color codes on paper or via the free app on a tablet. The little smart robot called Bit then uses its optical sensors to respond by—spinning, speeding up, slowing down, turning and more as it detects the change in color responding to your command.
The Starter Pack comes with an Osbot Bit robot, OzoCode learning chart, 4 special pen markers, charging cable and over 20 games and activities.
Color coding masters can move on to more advanced programming with free Ozobot apps and the OzoBlockly editor. This will introduce your child to block-based programming. Bit is teacher-recommended and is used in coding and STEM curricula in 2,000 schools nationwide.
- One of the world’s smallest smart robots, measuring in at just 1 cubic inch. (25cm square)
- Responds to color change codes on both paper and digital screens like tablets and computer monitors.
- Includes 20+ games and brain teasers for a fun introduction to stem, coding and computer science. More with optional Android and Apple apps.
- Packed with Do it yourself stickers and skins for creative customization.
Our Kids have had so much fun playing with the Ozobot. They were the Winner for the best mini robot in 2015 and now with upgrades, they are famous.
Able to follow color commands on paper, and now flashing commands on a tablet these little smart robots are really cool. Perfect for teaching your children about instruction code with drag and drop functions.
We actually bought these smart robot toys for our kids the last Christmas. With a stack of free printable smart maps and games for the Ozbot Bit, you will never run out of tasks for the little monster.
SmartLab – Smart Circuits Games & Gadgets Electronics Lab
The Smart Circuits Lab is for those children that have an interest in making electrical gadgets. Complete the many safe electrical circuits to make a quiz show game, an electronic drum kit, a motion-sensing room alarm, and much more.
There are 10 smart modules and an included powerful microprocessor module. Your kids will learn about electrical engineering, as they play with the easy multi-dimensional baseboard and fun electronic components.
The included 48-page lab book includes step-by-step instructions for building up to 50 intricate circuit boards. This will teach your kids about electronics, light, and sound, plus endless options to build custom creations.
Smart lab features
- Build unlimited electronic games, interactive tasks, and cool gadgets.
- Learn about electronic engineering using the modular plugin system and a smart microprocessor.
- Includes 6 baseboards, battery module, variable resistor module, microprocessor module, tricolor LED module, speaker module, photo-diode module, tilt switch module 6-LED array module, 2 push button modules, 31 jumper wires, and a 48-page project book.
- Approved STEM Focus in Electronics
- The perfect gift for your smart kids, or budding baby engineer.
- For ages 8 and up
Our children loved making all the interesting electrical projects. We found after completing a few they were curious to make an experiment with their own interesting electrical circuits.
DIY Piper Raspberry Pi Computer for Kids
If you are after a DIY wooden computer to build then check out this Raspberry Pi 3 PC kit. It’s been designed to teach your child all about building a computer and then teaches them all about electronics through upgrades throughout the Minecraft game.
All the extra electronics and cables are included for each level of Minecraft. Its one of the most interactive games around which all my children love.
Check out our full review of the Piper Minecraft mini computer build.
Our favorite smart Christmas toys for kids in 2018
Hopefully, you have found a great gift for your children for Christmas. All these smart robot toys have an element of learning, so your children’s IQ will grow while they play. Hey, even I have learned a lot while playing with each of these little smart circuits and robots.
My favorite smart game is Anki Overdrive, as its like playing a video game with all the upgrade and weapon options. But I guess its the old slot car racer in me.
The great thing is, you can upgrade a lot of these educational toys. As your child grows and develops a better understanding of the operation and technical aspects of these tech toys they will gain more fun out of each game. There may be some coding involved but that’s part of the fun. They have all been developed for children, so you know they are developing their brain and learning as they play.
Once you have your children sorted, don’t forget about your partner. We have done a review on some great gift ideas on what to get your Husband for Christmas. There are some amazing new products that I’m sure you or your partner will love.