Welcome to the 1st Annual Tech Savvy Homeschool Gift Guide. These toys and gifts are ones that I either have (***) or would buy for my sons personally. This list includes a variety of interests and price points. My son helped me with many of the selections so you are getting it straight from the horses mouth! It does not include any video games because we do not own any gaming systems so I don’t have much of an opinion on different ones.
Check out the Tech Savvy Gift Guide for Teens for even more great ideas!
Note: The prices are from Amazon unless otherwise noted (as of November 2018). I am an Amazon Affiliate and if you click the picture of the toy to make your purchase, I receive a very small percentage of the sale, which helps fund our homeschool. Just FYI!
Teach kids coding the fun way with this toy from ThinkFun, which includes 40 challenges from beginner to expert. Build reasoning and planning skills as well as core programming principles with this clever game.
CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 is one of the best Pi kits in the world.
The Echo Dot kids includes a soft case and 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kids skills
My favorite Snap circuits kit has over 175 projects. There are a variety of Snap Circuit sets all with easy to handle pieces and hours of learning and fun.
Perfect for the little spies in your home!
Merge your child’s love of video games with some hands-on activity. Create game rooms, characters and game art using the 13” x 13” Gameboard and 320 blocks in eight different colors then using a free Bloxels Builder app to upload your creation so you and others can play. One of the more clever toys I’ve seen in a while.
Learn magic and trick your friends with this spectacular fun magic kit
Learn to create amazing 3d art with the only child-safe 3D pen. Plastic hardens rapidly so kids can literally draw in the air.
With a beginner-friendly interface, Cozmo is the perfect educational robot for kids and adults to learn to creatively code. Also he is built for durability, which is key for this age group. A more advanced version–Anki Vector– is available for $249.99 and includes a WiFi interface for continual updates.
This kit covers the three areas of science (Physical, Earth and Life) as well as activities in Chemistry, Physics, Magnetism, Weather, Biology, Geology and Flight with more than 70 activities. Hours of fun and learning and it all zips back up in the convenient plastic case. There is also this version from Learning Resources for smaller hands that is simpler for your budding young chemist.
Mibro from Really Rad Robots has a stealth mode for super secret missions or play pranks with more than 50 sounds and effects. This kid-friendly robot will get your young one up to speed in a short time.
The beginning of design knowledge is right here. Math and art combine when children play with blocks, an essential piece of every childhood.
Break open these tennis ball to ping pong sized geodes to reveal natural crystals. Perfect for your budding geologist.
There is actually a series of Dado Cubes, Dado Squares and Dado Planks. These Cubes make for beautiful and challenging stacking for the slightly older preschooler and nesting for the younger. Also, you can combine them with additional sets to make larger structures. I got them for my 2-year old son and now he is 13 and still using them! This is a toy with staying power for creative young minds.
Perplexus Rookie ***
This toy is a problem solver’s dream. This version is slightly simpler than the original Perplexus or Perplexus Epic. Enclosed in a plastic bubble you tilt and twist to move a small ball through a series of obstacles. Great for learning patience, motor control, counting and physics! We have 3 and love them all.
The best apps for kids are the ones they build themselves. Bitsbox teaches real coding with crazy fun projects that come in the mail every month. Each level introduces a new computer science concept. Kids build their apps on the Bitsbox website. They start by coding from examples and progress quickly to inventing their own apps.