There are so many cool tech toys showing up this year that I’m going to start talking about them in July. Get your wish lists ready, kids.
This is the time of year when toy makers introduce their holiday products. Not long ago, I would see only a few cool tech toys each season. This year, the field has exploded. I’ll write a few more toy stories throughout the year.
Beat Bugs Singing Figures: Kids know Beat Bugs as a Netflix show where colorful bugs sing the hits of the Beatles. With this line of toys, available in August, your kids’ toys can sing along with the show. Jay, Walter, Kumi (shown here), and the rest will recognize when a season 1 episode of Beat Bugs is on TV and sing along with the songs. If your household doesn’t have Netflix, the figures will also sing along with video on a free downloadable app. (No price yet.)
LeapFrog Sing & Snuggle Violet: Can a tech toy still be soft and snuggly? The learning specialists at LeapFrog say yes. This year, they’re introducing a new version of lavender pup Violet that’s just right for tiny hands. Tap the moon and stars on Violet’s tummy and she’ll yawn and play a lullaby. Press the rainbow to hear a sing-along song about colors. LeapFrog is also making a Sing & Snuggle version of Violet’s green friend Scout, as well. ($10, on sale soon.)
Kid K’nex Blinking Buddies: This clever toy set is an introduction to science and technology for young hands. Aimed at kids age 3 to 5, it lets them build funny little creatures with blinking eyes using a range of colorful pieces. As they play, kids learn motor skills, dexterity, and hand-eye coordination. ($15; knex.com.)
Fly Blocks DIY Drone Kit: What’s better that a flying drone? How about a drone kids can build themselves–then crash and build all over again? This kit lets kids 14-and-up create their own customized drone using Lego-like pieces. Each set comes with a pre-printed circuit board and a remote control. It’s a great gift for future engineers or programmers….