The 10 Best Electronic Toys to Buy for Kids in 2017

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Finding the perfect toy for a child without spending a fortune isn’t always the easiest mission for family and friends. Never mind trying to find a toy that’s at least somewhat educational and can provide enough fun to keep your kid coming back for more. Fortunately, we’ve done the homework for you and selected some of the best electronics and tech toys for kids to keep them happy, occupied and out of trouble.

Ideal for kids ages eight and up, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is still one of the hottest toys on the market. With the fire-safety concerns in the rear-view mirror, the hoverboard might not be the most educational gift, but it’s a great way for kids to hone their motor skills. Capable of cruising at a speed of around 8 mph on a 350-watt motor, the Hovertrax 2.0 can run for around 60 minutes of continuous use for riders up to 220 pounds. For extra support, the Razor includes its exclusive EverBalance technology that makes for an easier mount and smoother ride, especially for beginners.

Recommended for children aged 36 months to eight years old, the Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar nine segments and each one does something a little different, so every order results in a different outcome. Whether they want it to go forward, backward, left or right, they can swap each section and watch them light up as the action happens. The motorized head also lights up with added sounds and blinking eyes to bring the “Code-A-Pillar to life.” Overall, the Code-A-Pillar is a great addition to your kid’s toy selection with the added benefit of teaching critical thinking skills.

Recommended for ages eight to 13 years old, the Air Hogs Helix X4 quadcopter is a great beginner drone that’s durable enough to handle a rough and tumble new user. With a charge time between 45 to 60 minutes, users will have around five or six minutes of flight time (which admittedly isn’t much), but it’s enough to offer kids a chance to get their feet wet and learn the hand-to-eye coordination required for more expensive and larger drones. And because it only has a flight distance of around 40 meters, parents won’t have to worry about FAA regulations or the kids straying too far from the yard.

Expressing real emotions in responses to the actions of its owner, the Cozmo will unlock new games and replies the more you play and engage with it. Recommended for kids ages eight and up, it offers an almost limitless amount of play with constant updates and even its own toys in the shape of three interactive Power Cubes that Cozmo will sometimes share. Parents will love the lack of parts to put together since Cozmo is ready to go right out of the box and only requires an Android or iOS device and the free Cozmo app.

The Kindle Fire hardly needs an introduction, but it’s the kid-friendly edition that parents should really eye for a gift. Available with a seven-inch display and 16GB of storage, the Fire Kids Edition Tablet features a kid-proof case that’s designed to protect against drops, bumps and bruises without adding any additional weight. Fortunately, if the worst happens and the Fire Kids tablet does break, Amazon will replace it with their two-year, worry-free guarantee, no questions asked. Also included is one year worth of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, which has up to 10,000 kid-friendly books, movies and TV shows, as well as educational apps and games.

Widely regarded as the best kid-friendly headphone around, the Puro Sound Labs features volume limiting protection at 85db (decibels), so parents don't need to worry about kids trying to play audio too loud for their own good. Past sound, the Puro offers 40mm custom dynamic drivers, which makes for a sound experience that rivals more expensive headphones. When it comes to travel, the headphones fold flat for storage, so they're great for sticking in a backpack or carry-on. With wireless capability, the Puro lasts for around 18 hours on a single charge and includes a corded option just in case.

Released in 2015, the Nintendo 3DS XL remains the best portable gaming system on the market. While there are plenty of good games for smartphones available on both Android and iOS, there’s no substitute for the real deal. Supporting all 3DS, parents can even utilize parental control modes to restrict 3D capabilities for children six and under. With a battery that can last up to 6.5 hours on a single charge, that’s good enough for a short road trip or cross-country plane ride. The 3DS XL can also play with an AC adapter (not included) plugged in to extend battery life.

Parents will absolutely balk at the thought of buying their kids an Apple Watch, but the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch is a great substitute. Available for a much more kid-friendly starting price, the Kidizoom includes three fun activities, five games, three action challenges and a built-in motion sensor. If those incentives don’t win your kid over, the inclusion of a camera right on the wrist will provide them with hours of entertainment including photo effects, voice recording and voice-changing options. There’s even an education angle with the included calculator for helping kids work out basic math skills. Parents should take note that its 50 different clock face designs can withstand some basic splashing, but it is not recommended for the pool or bathtub. It's recommended for children ages four to nine.

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 gift 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.

For children ages 36 months to nine 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 camera automatically shuts off after three minutes of no usage.

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