The Best Tech Gadgets & Electronics For Kids For 2021 – Kidspot

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From robots to drones, from kids' cameras to wearable tech, here are the best electronic toys and gadgets for 2021. 
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It’s November, which means plenty of kids out there are starting to draft their letters to Santa for the year… and along with the usual toys, games and stocking stuffers, you can bet that plenty of kids are asking for gadgets, and hoping Santa will deliver. Well, from fitness trackers to smart watches, kids cameras to headphones, if you’re in the market for some new tech for the smallest members of your family, we’ve done the hard work and rounded up the best of the best to give Santa a helping hand. 
Garmin Vivofit Jr. 3, from $149 at Amazon
Fitbit Ace 3, $99.95 at Myer
Tobi Robot Smartwatch, $79.99 at Catch
VTech 507153 Kidizoom Duo 5.0 Camera, $99 at Amazon
VTech Kidizoom Action Cam HD, $69.99 at Catch
Instax Mini11 Sky Blue Camera, $109 at The Good Guys
Spacetalk Kids Watch with Phone and GPS, $245 at The Good Guys
VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX2, $69.95 at Amazon
Kids Smart Watch 4G, $199 at The Spy Store 
Uniden 4-pack walkie talkie, $97 at Catch
REMOKING Robot Toy for Kids, $39.99 at Amazon
Mini Drone Quadcopter, $152 at Amazon
Lenovo Tab M7 HD, $99 at Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Tab A7, $379 at The Good Guys
Veidoo Kids Tablet, $180 at Amazon
Apple iPad Mini, from $599 at The Good Guys
iClever BTH03 Kids Headphones, $39.98 at Amazon
ONANOFF BuddyPhones Explore Foldable, Volume-Limiting Kids Headphone, $39.95 at Amazon
Buddyphones Wave Waterproof, $127 at Rivers
FaerieKing Blue Light Blocking Glasses, from $19.03 at Amazon
Kids Colors Night Swannies, $69 at Swanwick Sleep
Blueprint Kids, $55 at Quay
Need us to run through why these should be under the tree at your place this year? Read on… 
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One of the newest and best kids’ fitness trackers out there, this one has plenty of great kid-friendly features that adults can enjoy too. There are timed activities that track their steps and their distance while they’re playing and exercising and when they hit certain goals in their day – like completing a set amount of daily exercise – they can unlock specialised games, quizzes, and icons to make their fitness tracker even more fun to play with. There’s also an “in case of emergency” widget which makes it easy to access your kid’s emergency contact information. It’s perfect for ages four and up, with a single, non-rechargeable battery that lasts a whole year without running out, which is perfect for kids who can’t remember to take it off and charge it at the end of the day. Once it’s done, you simply replace it. It’s waterproof up to 50 metres and comes in a bunch of different designs like Disney, Marvel, and superheroes. 
“We bought this watch for our son for his 9th birthday. He hasn’t taken it off since!” says one mum, adding, “We chose the Garmin because it is designed to encourage kids to be active. It counts steps, swim strokes, and other forms of exercise. Our son sets his own goals about #of steps he wants to achieve in a day and he tracks his progress. Another great feature is the calendar. Our son takes the initiative to add important events of his (like after-school music class) to his calendar so he doesn’t forget. We are very happy with this purchase and would definitely recommend it!”
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The newer model of the Fitbit Ace packs plenty of features into its’ design, giving a longer battery life and better accuracy when it comes to counting steps and distance, thanks to a three-axis accelerometer along with sensors for heart-rate tracking. Unlike the earlier model, it can count things like jumping and skipping as exercise. Kids can also send messages (via the Fitbit app) to other Fitbit users in the family, and you can read and receive text messages if you have a connected smartphone. It also has a brighter, more intuitive touchscreen. 
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Arguably more of a smartwatch than a fitness tracker, this nonetheless is perfect for younger kids from about four years and up. Tobi is the robot “living” inside the watch, and kids can feed them, tickle them, make them dizzy and decorate their room – much like an old school Tamagotchi. The smartwatch also comes with a camera, heaps of educational games, dancing activities, and fitness tracking. You can also customise the faces, so kids are able to learn to tell the time on both an analogue and digital clock face. It can also be worn on the wrist or clipped to clothes.
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A fantastic buy for younger kids, this camera takes both photos and videos and comes with over 70 fun photo and video frames, stamps and effects so your kid can personalise their own pictures. It has front and rear facing cameras (hello, selfies!) and also offers sound and voice effects you can add to your videos. Even better still, it has a bunch of games built-in so it can be a great alternative to an iPad. “Awesome,” writes one reviewer. “I bought this for my 4 year old granddaughter. Took her about 2 minutes to figure out how it worked, a bit longer to use some of the features. She loves it. And while she can’t use all the features yet, she’s growing her way to them. The camera is solid and very childproof. Highly recommend it!” You can also buy it in blue, here
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This one is for the kid on the go, a camera that easily straps onto a bike, a scooter, even a surfboard to capture every action-packed adventure. It’s fully waterproof and takes photos and video and comes complete with included games to play and filters to add to your shots. 
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There’s nothing quite so good as instant gratification and the perfect thing for that is an instant camera! This one is great for all ages, comes in both blue and pink and takes fantastic retro photos. You will have to keep buying paper for it, is the only issue – so it can end up being a bit more of an investment in the long run. But for super fun pics they can hang up straight away, you can’t go past it. 
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As a 3G mobile and GPS tracker all in one, the Spacetalk Kids Watch keeps kids aged five to 12 connected with loved ones without the distractions of social media. You can pre-set the contacts they can call and text, there’s an SOS alert function should your child require help, and the GPS ensures their location is visible via your smartphone for peace of mind. The scratch-resistant glass touch screen and dust and shower-proof rating are great for durability, and the cute design is simple to operate.
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For a genuinely fun smartwatch designed especially for kids four and up, check out this one. While it has all the fitness hardware you’d want from a smartwatch, its primary outlook is making things fun for kids. You can take photos with its two cameras, play games and challenges, count steps and more. 
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If you want to give your child more independence without totally letting them off the leash, this could be the smartwatch for you. Geofencing tech means that you can set up boundaries kids can explore, with notifications if they go beyond them, and gives you a way to send your kid out with the knowledge you can reach them any time. There’s also an SOS button and two-way communication so your child can call for help in any situation and you can be in contact instantly. There’s also a pedometer, alarm and digital clock, and the whole thing is completely waterproof!
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There’s just something old-school fun about a walkie-talkie. Perfect for pretend play for kids too young for phones but also just darn practical for camping trips or off-road adventures. This four-pack features a new “Kid-Zone” mode which allows parents to block out unwanted conversations. It also has an inbuilt LED light, which makes it perfect for camping. With a range of up to 3km and a 20 hour operating time, it’s also USB rechargable. 
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This friendly little fella can sing, dance, walk in a circle and follow (simple) commands. It can also record sounds and speak in robot language and can be a great way to teach your kid the basics of coding and robotic technology. Best for kids 3 and up, it has plenty of fans and plenty of great reviews. “Cute and vibrant little unit that keeps the kids busy for hours.Learning to code for my daughter was always the plan and this introduces the concepts.”
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This mini drone for kids has a 5MP camera and 13 minutes of flight time, perfect for grabbing great overhead shots and videos. It can also perform stunts and is super easy to operate, even for little hands. “Great little drone,” writes one review, “Solid fun and. very easy for newcomers to learn to fly with.”
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Slim, lightweight, and inexpensive, this tablet isn’t designed specifically for kids, but makes a great choice for them, nonetheless. It has a front and rear camera for all the selfies and snaps with their friends and 16GB of storage. It’s fast and powerful, great for watching movies or playing games and for learning on the go. “An excellent value for money device,” says one reviewer, adding, “While it’s certainly not going to be the most powerful device out there, the sheer bang for your buck of this device makes it a great all-rounder for streaming and everyday use.”
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This 10.4″ tablet is a step up from the smaller-sized tablets aimed at kids, and packs a powerful punch in terms of technical features, including surround sound speakers and fast and powerful ram, just perfect for gaming. It comes with 32 or 64 GB of storage and offers dark mode to help reduce eye strain. It will also sync to a galaxy smartphone and comes with Samsung Kids built-in, offering family-friendly games and activities, along with parental control settings to help them stay safe online. “Great device,” says one, “Fantastic… we use it for streaming services often like Netflix and Stan. Very happy and would highly recommend it.”
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This 10-inch tablet made specifically for kids is one of the largest options out there and comes with a free kid-proof silicone case to prevent bumps and drops. You can download unlimited free learning and gaming apps and set parental controls including time limits and white-list websites to make sure they don’t stumble into dodgy territory. “Great tablet to switch between children and adults,” writes one reviewer, “it comes with preloaded games or can add games. Not very durable, though… I recommend getting a stronger case and screen protector.”
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Available in 64 or 256GB and either WIFI or cellular, the mini is Apple’s smallest tablet, making it great for tiny hands. It packs many of the same features of the larger models into the smaller package and is compatible with Apple Pencil. It has a sharp, clear display, fantastic sound capabilities, and excellent performance for streaming or gaming. Again, if you’re an Apple fan and you’re looking for a kid-friendly device that you can borrow too, you won’t be disappointed. “Great little device. Excellent videoing quality and lots of helpful apps installed to assist my son with day-to-day activities,” says one. 
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These are Amazon’s #1 best-selling headphone for a reason. They not only deliver a full sound experience, they also have a cool set of LED lights that run around the edge of the earpiece – and we know that for kids, accessories have to be fun. The volume is limited to an output of 94dB so you don’t need to worry about things being too loud for your kiddo’s ears, and they’re wireless so no need to untangle cords. If they’re facetime-ing their friends, there’s a built-in microphone so they can talk hands-free to their friends and family.
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These headphones have won multiple awards for design and features, like volume-limiting, and the BuddyCable system which means kids can listen with their friends, and plug up to four headphones into the one device. There’s a built in mic for skype calls, and the headphones come in multiple colours but are then also customisable, with stickers so kids can make them exactly how they like.
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These headphones have the distinction of being waterproof which means kids can safely use them while lazing by the pool or at the beach. With 24 hours of battery life they’ll manage any overnight holiday with ease and there’s a spare cable for watching things with friends. You can also choose a bunch of different listening modes – toddler, kids, travel and study – with different settings that optimise different sounds for different needs and ears! 
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Available in a dozen different styles and colours, from simple round lenses to wayfarer, and for kids either two to six or six to 15. Just be sure to check as you’re buying as some styles/sizes are sold locally while others are stocked overseas and will incur a shipping fee (unless you have Amazon Prime!) They come with a cleaning cloth and a storage bag and even a little tester to help you see that the blue light filter is actually working. “Love these my 2yr old is always steeling my blue light glasses (which are too big for him) these fit him perfectly! They are bendy to so less likely to break over my adult ones.”
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It’s obviously recommended that all of us (including kids) refrain from screens in the few hours before bed, but if that still doesn’t seem to be doing enough (especially if they’ve been staring at screens ALL day for school) or for whatever reason you just can’t break the habit (no judgment here, you do what you gotta do!) these night glasses might do the trick. You wear them consistently for 1-2 hours before bedtime for a total wind-down, removing not just the blue light from their personal screens, but any incidental blue light, like from a parent’s phone or from the TV. “My daughter loves her “cool girl glasses” and uses them whenever screen time happens before bed,” says one mum, adding, “Definitely they make a noticeable difference in her sleep.”
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Quay has a massive range of blue light glasses for adults, but (so far) only two options for kids, with this blueprint range, available in neon pink or neon yellow. Their blue light filtering glasses feature lenses with Blue Light Technology that are also prescription-friendly and can be taken to an optometrist to be filled if needed. 
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The biggest consideration should always be, are they age-appropriate? Read guidelines when it comes to ages for toys and really consider whether your child is ready or not, as there’s nothing more frustrating than spending the money on a toy that won’t get used or will be broken because a child doesn’t have the maturity to use it appropriately. 
It’s also important to consider the parental controls on the toy and make sure you are across all the safety features so that young eyes don’t stumble across something they shouldn’t. 
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