The 10 Best Electronic Toys for Kids in 2019

The right buys for all of your gifting needs

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Our Top Picks

Best Educational: Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot at Amazon

"They can teach the robot to sing, dance, and play — all through voice commands and the aid of corresponding apps."

Best Laptop: ASUS C202SA Chromebook at Amazon

"With up to 10 hours of battery life and a rugged build that can more than withstand a few bumps and bruises."

Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera at Amazon

"Two cameras switching between the front and rear lens make this good for selfies while still offering 4x digital zoom."

Best STEM: Snap Circuits Junior at Amazon

"The set includes 30 different color-coded parts and easy-to-follow instructions to help kids build over 100 different electrical projects."

Best RC Car: GBlife Jumping Car at Amazon

"This RC car can reach a max speed of just over four miles per hour and is designed for trick and stunt driving."

Best Early Childhood: Leapfrog My Own Leaptop at Amazon

"This toy has four different modes that help kids ages 3 to 5 learn to spell, phonics, and word association."

Best for Teens: Holy Stone Predator Mini Quadcopter at Amazon

"It has three different speed modes to accommodate users of all skill levels"

Best for Art: Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad at Amazon

"The tracing pad comes with 10 tracing patterns, 10 blank sheets of paper, graphite pencil, and 12 colored pencils."

Best Sports: WisToyz Hover Soccer Ball Set at Amazon

"Lets kids play soccer or air hockey inside when the weather isn’t cooperating."

Best Smartwatch: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX at Amazon

"The watch also has 11 different games to play and challenges to complete using the built-in motion sensor."

Our Top Picks

Best Educational: Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot

4.9
What We Like
  • Charming moves and sounds

  • No-fuss setup

  • Compelling learning and play apps

What We Don't Like
  • Pricey

In today’s STEM-friendly world, teaching your kids how to code is as simple as getting them their own programmable robot. Sound complicated? It's really not; the Wonder Workshop Dash Coding Robot is ideally suited for kids ages 6 and up.

Once kids rip the Dash from the box, they’ll discover endless possibilities. They can teach the robot to sing, dance, and play — all through voice commands and the aid of corresponding apps. The Dash provides an open-ended platform to ensure that tech is introduced in a simple and accessible way. The idea is to build confidence through fun and, in this case, the Dash succeeds.

Connecting to iOS and Android devices, there are four different apps that teach different coding skills. The apps assist with teaching kids the fundamentals of robotics and coding. Additionally, it helps to discover the robot’s sensors and sounds as well as teaching the robot how to play. Each app is the first step into what can be a lifetime of skills and eventually a career. 

Best Laptop: ASUS C202SA Chromebook

3.6
What We Like
  • Extremely durable

  • Keyboard feels comfortable

  • Excellent battery life

What We Don't Like
  • Design isn’t as slick as some pricier Chromebooks

  • Performance suffers in some areas

  • Grainy camera

With up to 10 hours of battery life and a rugged build that can more than withstand a few bumps and bruises, the 2.65-pound ASUS C202SA Chromebook is the ideal laptop for children.

Powered by an Intel Core Processor and 4GB of RAM, the computer has 16GB of storage and Google provides more than 100GB of cloud storage through Google Drive with every purchase. It has a spill-resistant keyboard and reinforced rubber designed specifically for students both inside and outside of the classroom.

The C202SA is also designed to withstand a drop from a height of 3.9 feet without any sort of functional disruption. Beyond durability, the 180-degree hinge is ideal for fully opening the Chromebook to provide better viewing angles, especially during study groups.

Best Camera: VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

3.5
What We Like
  • Loaded with features

  • Durable, lightweight design

What We Don't Like
  • Poor photo resolution

  • Complicated menu system

For children ages 3 months to 9 years, the VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera will give your kid their first glimpse at photography life and provide hours of entertainment. With two cameras switching between the front and rear lens, the DUO is good for selfies while still offering 4x digital zoom, a built-in flash, five games and parental control settings to limit game playtime.

The 2.4-inch TFT display pairs with a 1.92-megapixel camera for capturing shots, which can be stored within the 256MB of on-board memory. Fortunately, there’s room for memory expansion with a microSD card that can be purchased separately. To help preserve battery life (four AA batteries), the kid-friendly camera automatically shuts off after three minutes of no usage.

Looking for more reviews? Check out our guide to the best kid-friendly cameras.

Best STEM: Snap Circuits Junior

Snap Circuits Junior

 Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Free replacement parts

  • Upgrade kits available

  • Great for teachers

  • No need for tools or soldering

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of missing and defective parts

  • Reports of DOA sets

When shopping for toys for your kids, it’s important to choose something that will hold their interest long after the first day. The Snap Circuits Junior kit has you covered. This building kit is great for kids who love to take things apart and see how they work. The set includes 30 different color-coded parts and easy-to-follow instructions to help kids build over 100 different electrical projects, including an adjustable volume siren, clap-activated music circuits, simple light switches, and a photosensor. 

There are three different upgrade kits available to expand this set and keep your child building and learning the basics of electrical engineering. All of the parts in this set snap together without the need for tools or soldering, making it safe for kids as young as 8 to use either by themselves or with minimal supervision. Not only is this set great for playing with at home, but it’s also great for grade school teachers to use in the classroom for hands-on science lessons.

Best RC Car: GBlife Jumping Car

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Courtesy of Amazon

What We Like
  • Quick charging

  • Great for indoor and outdoor play

  • Appeals to kids of all ages

What We Don't Like
  • Short battery charge

  • Reports of DOA units

  • Instructions may be difficult to follow

Remote controlled toys are an old standby for Christmas and birthday presents, and for good reason — adults, teens, and kids alike never fail to have hours of fun racing cars and doing tricks. The GBlife Jumping Car is no exception. This RC car can reach a max speed of just over four miles per hour and is designed for trick and stunt driving. The body of the toy features what GBlife calls a “bionic foot” which, with the push of a button on the control pad, allows the car to jump over 31 inches over obstacles. 

The rubberized wheels are perfect for driving over a variety of surfaces both in the house and outside; they can collapse close to the toy body to drive through small spaces or perform tight spins. The Jumping Car features LED lights on the front of the body so kids can continue to play long after the sun sets. It also plays sounds and music while you drive it. The toy includes a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that reaches a full charge in as little as 50 minutes and provides almost half an hour of play on full power.

Check out our guide to the best remote controlled cars you can buy today.

Best Early Childhood: Leapfrog My Own Leaptop

What We Like
  • Builds on basic alphabet lessons

  • Teaches tech and media literacy

  • Great for pretend play

What We Don't Like
  • No headphone jack for quiet play during travel

  • The LCD display is not backlit

The Leapfrog My Own Leaptop is the perfect choice for parents looking for toys that build upon basic alphabet lessons. This toy has four different modes that help kids ages 3 to 5 learn to spell, phonics, and word association. It also is great for teaching the basics of technology and media literacy because kids can be just like Mom or Dad with their very own computer! 

The alphabet learning mode lets your child see and hear the letter while also learning a word that starts with that letter. Kids can also pretend to send emails to Leapfrog characters Scout and Violet in order to learn how to write basic sentences. There are even trivia and letter matching games that reinforce what your child learns. Parents can create a Leapfrog Learning Path for their children for custom email messages from Scout and Violet and to find more fun spelling lessons.

Best for Teens: Holy Stone Predator Mini Quadcopter

What We Like
  • Budget friendly

  • Fast charge

  • Great starter copter

  • Indoor and outdoor use

What We Don't Like
  • Short fly time

  • No camera or GPS

  • Reports of touchy throttles

Gift shopping for teens can be frustrating. It can be difficult to find a gift, especially a toy, that doesn’t feel too childish and also doesn’t break the bank. That’s where the Holy Stone Predator Mini Quadcopter comes in. With drones and quadcopters becoming ever more popular, this one is the perfect introductory model for teens interested in using one of their own. It has three different speed modes to accommodate users of all skill levels — A slow mode for beginners, intermediate for more experienced flyers, and a fast mode for experts looking for more challenge and to perform stunts. 

The quadcopter also uses 6-axis gyro stabilization to keep it level while hovering and flying through the air, so you never have to worry about wobble and tilt while playing. The propellers have safety rails to protect them from accidental bumps. Holy Stone also packages this quadcopter with spare propellers in case of damage. The body of the copter has colorful LED lights so you and your kids can keep having fun long into the evening hours.

Take a peek at some of the other best drones for kids.

Best for Art: Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad

What We Like
  • LED lights

  • Fits standard 8.5” x 11” paper

  • Great for kids of all ages

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of DOA units

If you have kids that are interested in art and drawing, the Crayola Light-Up Tracing Pad is perfect for them. This lap desk features bright LED lights that allow them to easily trace, draw and color all sorts of scenes and characters. The tracing pad comes with 10 tracing patterns, 10 blank sheets of paper, graphite pencil, and 12 colored pencils to get your kids’ creative ideas going. 

The frame fits standard 8.5 x 11-inch paper, so your kids can use printer and notebook paper when they’re out of blank sheets. The frame also features a non-slip surface to keep patterns and paper in place for crisp lines. The tracing sheets have over 100 different images to help your kids learn to create comics, cartoons, and build scenes. Crayola offers even more patterns on their website that you can download and print for free.

Best Sports: WisToyz Hover Soccer Ball Set

What We Like
  • Excellent warranties

  • Great for indoor and outdoor play

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of faulty air skirts on hover disc

  • Drains batteries quickly

A lot of sports-oriented toys, especially electronic ones, are meant to strictly be used outside. While that’s great most of the time, it can be frustrating for kids who want to play on rainy or dangerously hot days. The WisToyz Hover Soccer set lets kids play soccer or air hockey inside when the weather isn’t cooperating. The set comes with two goal nets, a hover disk, inflatable soccer ball, and a hand pump. 

The hover disc works well with tile, laminate, hardwood, and even carpeted flooring, making it great for finished basements or playrooms. The hover disc features a soft foam bumper to protect your walls and furniture from dings and scratches from errant kicks. It also has multicolored LED lights for fun in the dark. The inflatable soccer ball that is included is great for taking the set outside when the weather is nice. The entire set is backed by a three-year warranty and a one-year money-back guarantee, so you can be sure almost any problem is covered by the company, hassle free.

Best Smartwatch: VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

What We Like
  • Budget friendly

  • Parental controls

  • No WiFi or Bluetooth

What We Don't Like
  • Reports of DOA units

  • Reports of bad charging cables

Smartwatches are becoming more and more popular with adults, so, naturally, kids and teens are starting to want some of their own. The VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX is the perfect starter model for kids interested in smart tech. The Smartwatch DX has most of the same features as a grown-up’s version — voice recording, camera, clock, calendar, calculator, alarm, stopwatch, timer, and step tracker. 

The watch also has 11 different games to play and challenges to complete using the built-in motion sensor. The built-in camera allows kids to take photos with friends and customize them with fun filters and frames. The microphone lets them add silly voice effects to recordings. The watch does not have WiFi or Bluetooth capabilities, so parents can rest assured their children cannot download apps or access media without permission. The Smartwatch DX also has parental controls to lock games during school hours or homework time to keep kids focused.

Looking for more options? Check out our guide to the best wearables for kids.

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Our writers spent 57 hours researching and testing the most popular electronics gifts for kids on the market. All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

What to Look for in an Electronic Toy for Kids

Safety - The biggest feature set to look for when buying electronic toys for kids has to do with safety. Headphones should have volume limiters, tablets and computers should have great parental controls, fun toys like hoverboards should have the appropriate UL ratings, and so on.

Built-in vs. replaceable batteries - When selecting an electronic gift for a kid, make sure to pay attention to what type of batteries it uses. If it’s an option, look for one that comes with a built-in, rechargeable battery so the child doesn’t have to ask an adult for new batteries all the time.

Entertainment - Children don’t typically get excited when they hear about educational toys, but there are a ton of great electronic gifts that make learning fun. Look for toys, gadgets, and kits that promote creative thinking and motor skill development and help teach kids about the world in fun ways.

Test Results: ASUS C202SA Chromebook

ASUS C202SA Chromebook
Courtesy of Amazon 
3.7
What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Long battery life

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Heavy for its size

ASUS C202SA Chromebook
ASUS C202SA Chromebook screen
ASUS C202SA Chromebook case
ASUS C202SA Chromebook side
ASUS C202SA Chromebook side

According to one of our testers, this laptop was “really easy to set up and even easier to use.” Translation: it’s perfect for kids. Another plus? Its “outstanding” durability: “It’s something you notice from the first time you open the box,” observed one tester. “You can tell it's made for wear and tear. Even the keyboard feels sturdy, somehow.” Our reviewers did note that it was heavy for its size.

Test Results: VTech Kidizoom DUO Camera

3.5
What We Like
  • Durable

  • Very good battery life

  • Many features

What We Don't Like
  • Not as straightforward for younger kids

VTech Kidizoom DUO
VTech Kidizoom DUO back
VTech Kidizoom DUO screen
VTech Kidizoom DUO front
VTech Kidizoom DUO girl

This camera won the approval of our testers and their families. One reviewer, whose three kids all used it, said that they “loved the photo effects, selfie collages, and stickers.” Durability was also a highlight, with one tester observing that “there are no fragile pieces and that’s a big pro.” However, one of our reviewers thought that this camera might be a better fit for slightly older children. “It's a bit much for a 3- to 5-year-old to be able to use independently,” he noted.

Test Results: Wonder Workshop Dash Robot

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Photo from Amazon
4.5
What We Like
  • Great for STEM skills

  • Fun voice recording feature

  • Durable

What We Don't Like
  • Time-consuming

Wonder Workshop Dash Robot
Wonder Dash Robot
Wonder Workshop
Dash Robot
Wonder Workshop Dash
Wonder Workshop Coding Robot

Our testers recommended this robot based on its incorporation of STEM skills and overall entertainment value for kids. One of our reviewers explained, “There is some critical thinking involved in learning how to make the robot move and there are plenty of calculations to do when using this product.” Our testers also thought it was durable and particularly liked the feature that allows you to record and play back your voice. The downside? According to one of our reviewers, “If the user is not really savvy with tech or understanding basic coding it can seem tedious and discourage usage and play.” It takes some time to learn and get the hang of, cautioned our testers, but one reviewer gushed, “Dash is like a member of the family — our own robot!”

Test Results: Anki Cozmo

Anki Cozmo
Courtesy of Amazon 
4.8
What We Like
  • Great entertainment

  • Teaches kids to code

  • Has multiple difficulty levels

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Unsure about ongoing app support

Anki Cozmo
Lifewire / Angelica Leicht 
Anki Cozmo
Lifewire / Angelica Leicht
Anki Cozmo
Lifewire / Angelica Leicht 
Anki Cozmo
Lifewire  / Angelica Leicht 

“Cozmo is a pretty clever way to teach kids how to code,” said our tester. “The app and the interactions make it feel like you're playing, not learning, which is a great way to get kids on board.” She also liked that it could appeal to kids with different skill levels: “The Cozmo app offers two levels on the Code Lab—one for beginners and one for more advanced kids,” she said. “It keeps little ones from getting overwhelmed and older ones from getting bored.” In terms of downsides, she noted its high price tag and voiced concerns about its ongoing app support: “Anki recently announced that it’d be shutting its doors and laying off all staff,” she said. “Bugs or other issues could cause the app, and therefore Cozmo, to be useless, especially if it's not being regularly updated or patched.” Update: the company has created a self-serve help center and will be monitoring cloud operations for Anki accounts.