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Gadgets Gifts for Kids 2013

Updated on April 15, 2013

Children's Gadgets for Learning and Fun

Are you looking for the best gadgets for kids? Here's my selection of top gadgets for children in 2013. I'm a computer industry professional and Mom to two small boys so this is one of my favorite subjects.

Technology is a part of life now. Of course kids want gadgets like Mom and Dad. There are lots of fun gadgets that kids will enjoy and in many cases learn from. I'll be updating this page throughout 2013 as new gadgets for kids become available.

And I'll also be highlighting classic gadget for kids that have been tried and tested.

Image: American Innovative Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight

A New Android PC for Kids

The MiiPC is a proposed new Android-based PC for families. It's a Kickstarter project at the moment, but I think it's got potential, I've made a pledge.

The idea is to bring Android with user profiles and parental controls (like you find on the Kindle Fire and Nabi tablets) to a home PC.

The MiiPC is just the PC unit, you connect a keyboard, monitor and other peripherals.

It's an interesting idea. You can pledge here: MiiPC Kickstarter if you'd like to see this project succeed and get one of the first MiiPCs.

MiiPC - Kickstarter Project

USB Pencil Microscope - An Educational Science Gadget

GSI HD Digital LED Pencil Microscope For Children - USB Connection To Computer, Color Sensor, 30x-60x Magnification - For The Budding Scientist, Hobbies And Games
GSI HD Digital LED Pencil Microscope For Children - USB Connection To Computer, Color Sensor, 30x-60x Magnification - For The Budding Scientist, Hobbies And Games

What a fun and educational gadget this is. It's a USB microscope designed for kids. You can attach it to a computer to look at and capture magnified pictures of everyday objects.

Great fun for curious kids.

 

Small Gadget Gifts for Kids

Can You Imagine Fantastic Hand Held 2 Headed Light Show
Can You Imagine Fantastic Hand Held 2 Headed Light Show

Kids love lights and parents often end up buying disposable chemical glow sticks at outdoor events, This reusable hand held light show makes a good reusable alternative that kids can have fun with whenever it's dark

 
Zillionz Secret Code Vault
Zillionz Secret Code Vault

Kids will love hiding their special possessions away in this electronic vault. (It's a toy, not a real security device.) It has a programmable code and electronic alarm system.

 

Disney Infinity - Computer game with physical toys

Disney Infinity is a new virtual world game that users physical figurines to extend game play. Disney Infinity is scheduled for release in 2013 in time for the holidays.

Disney Infinity will include a range of popular characters that you can buy to extend the gameplay. The game will be available for Nintendo, Playstation and XBox consoles.

There's a DISNEY INFINITY Starter Pack which includes an extra bonus figure if you pre-order by August 17th 2013.

Fitness Gadgets for Kids

Geopalz Kids Motivational Pedometer

The GeoPalz Kids Motivational Pedometer is a fitness gadget for kids to encourage them to have an active lifestyle. You register the device with the GeoPalz website to track activity and even win fitness-related prizes.

There are lots of different GeoPalz designs that will appeal to girls and boys or various ages. A GeoPalz pedometer makes a great gift for a child who needs a bit of motivation to get some exercise, or any child that you want to make aware of the importance of keeping active.

GeoPalz Kids Butterfly Motivational Pedometer

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GeoPalz Kids Rock and Roll Digital Tri-Axis Motivational Pedometer

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GeoPalz Kids Lady Bug Digital Tri-Axis Motivational Pedometer

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Tablets for Kids

Tablets for Kids

Tablets are very hot gadgets at the moment! Kids have been borrowing their parents iPads for a while, new tablets specifically for kids are available and there's a whole range of smaller mid-priced tablets that can work well for kids.

A touchscreen interface is very natural to kids (they keep poking my laptop screen!) so a tablet is very intuitive. The range of eBooks and educational apps for tablets is growing all the time and they provide a convenient kid-sized screen for watching TV shows where ever they happen to be. We've got a lot of books that come with an accompanying CD or DVD, a tablet is perfect for playing the audio or video while also looking at the paper book. They're great for following along instruction videos on YouTube for toys like Transformers too.

We own a lot of tablets! We have a LeapPad 2 and InnoTab 2, a Kindle Fire HD and a Google Nexus 7 and a couple of cheap Android tablets (as well as Smart phones, a touchscreen desktop, a Netbook, etc.) The best tablet depends on the age of the children in your family so I've put together some guides to help you pick the right one.

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Cameras and Video Cameras for Kids

Cameras for Kids

Kids love to take photos. My kids are fascinated by creating scenes with their toys and then taking photos of them. It's a great way to get them to tidy up their Lego masterpiece - don't worry we'll still be able to see the photos!

There are lots of cameras on the market that are designed specifically for kids. These are ideal if you are worried about your kids breaking an expensive camera and they are designed to be easy for kids to operate.

We took a different approach though and gave our kids a cheap proper digital camera. Digital cameras aren't that complicated to use and our kids are used to technology and pretty careful. It is a risk and we wouldn't do it if we would be unable to replace the camera if it did get damaged. The photos from their camera are pretty good quality and they're learning to be careful with an expensive gadget.

Kodak Easyshare C1505 12 MP Digital Camera with 5x Digital Zoom - Red

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The Kodak EasyShare is a great camera for kids. Just make sure the kids aren't able to connect it to the PC and upload photos to Facebook! I know I don't want my preschooler taking photos around the house and posting them on Facebook!

Video Cameras for Kids

Yes, kids love taking videos too! Great practice for future movie makers. And you might get some fun videos to keep as memories too. Again, some kids will cope with a proper video camera - it's a great way to pass on your old tech so you can upgrade to the latest gadgets. And for some you may be happier with tougher design that's better able to cope with enthusiastic kids.

Note that the LeapPad 2 and InnoTab 2 tablets come with a basic camera and video recorder. Worth considering if you also want a tablet for a younger child. We have both of these tablets and my kids enjoy taking photos and videos around the house with them.

Games Consoles for Kids

Wii U Games Console

If you're looking to get a family games console that will be popular with the kids then the Nintendo Wii U is your best choice.

We have the older Nintendo Wii and it's brilliant for kids. If we were buying a new console now I'd go for the more recent Wii U.

Nintendo have always appealed to kids and there's a wide range of kid-friendly titles available for preschoolers through to tweens and teens. And there's lots of fun to be had by the rest of the family too.

Nintendo Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - White
Nintendo Wii U Console 8GB Basic Set - White

Great for rainy days, family occasions and when kids have friends round to play.

Also good for music and exercise based games. And creating digital art too.

 

Handheld Games Consoles for Kids

My older son has been asking for a 'DS' since he was 3. His older friends at his childminder had them and he loved to watch them play Super Mario when they got back from school! He's five now and I've given him my old Nintendo Gameboy Advance. But maybe next Christmas when he's 6, he'll get an Nintendo 3DS.

Nintendo make very popular games for kids. We've been to two birthday parties recently with a Super Mario theme or cake. And kids do love to play on a DS. The Nintendo 3DS is the latest handheld console. Because it has been heavily promoted it's not actually much more expensive that the older generation Nintendo consoles.

The 3D feature of the Nintendo 3DS isn't recommended for children under 7 but you can turn it off. At this point it probably makes more sense to go with the latest console so that kids will be able to get the latest games. A 3DS is likely to hold their attention for quite a fews years.

Nintendo 3DS - Flame Red

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Mario Kart 7

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Super Mario 3D Land

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More Gadgets for Kids

American Innovative Teach Me Time Talking Alarm Clock and Nightlight

I like gadgets that last kids for a while and this wake-up clock meets the bill. Anyone who has had a toddler or preschooler asking whether it's morning yet at 5 minute intervals from 4:30 am will get the point of this gadget!

It's a wake up clock that changes color from yellow to green - with green meaning it's okay to wake up (the time is set by the parent.)

The clock also functions as a nightlight for kids who like a bit of light in their room when they're going to sleep.

And one of the features that makes it last longer is that it talks to kids and teaches them to tell the time. What a great feature.

Mirari Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light
Mirari Teach Me Time! Talking Alarm Clock & Night-Light

You get three different colored bezels included with the clock: blue, pink and yellow so the same clock works for boys, girls and siblings.

A practical gift that parents and kids will appreciate.

 

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Wow! Kids these days are so techy! ^_^

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      Buchamar 5 years ago

      I love all the options! Great content for little ones! I review educational iPad apps in my lens' - Come visit!