Kids & Technology|May 4th 2022

What you need to know about electronics for kids

See the 10 most important things to keep in mind when purchasing children's electronics along with our 10 recommended electronic toys and gifts for kids.

by The Lottie Team
Source: Unsplash | Kelly Sikkema

Do you remember your favorite toys when you were a kid? How many of them were gadgets or other electronics? Whether it was a GameBoy, an RC car, a Tamagotchi, or a Furby, our childhoods were full of curious electronic devices. The landscape of children’s electronics has obviously come a long way, so our kids have even more options to choose from. There are fascinating new gadgets released every year and the options can be overwhelming, so it’s important to make informed decisions about electronics for kids. We’ve put together a list of 10 tips to keep in mind when choosing tech for kids along with a product we highly recommend.

  1. Make it timeless
    When you’re thinking about what to get a kid who likes technology, the first thing we recommend is to get something timeless. Trends come and go quickly, and there are new devices to choose from every year, so it makes sense to pick something that’s already stood the test of time, and will continue to do so in the future. What makes an electronic device timeless? The fact that the tech itself may age, but the value of the item doesn’t. Take the Tamagotchi for example. It’s still one of the best selling electronic toys for kids even though it’s been around for over 20 years.
  2. Select something they can grow older with
    Fitbit Ace 3
    We often get asked what electronics are best for 4 year olds, or 8 year olds, or 12 year olds, and the answer might actually be the same item. Our second tip is to get something your kids can grow older with, so this thing doesn’t become a paperweight in your house after a year. It’s not easy to predict what your child will like in a week, let alone in a year, but something like a FitBit is a safe bet. It’s a practical and fun gadget that becomes more interesting to kids as they become more active over time.
  3. Stimulate their creativity
    Kriogor children’s digital camera
    A toy from early childhood has the potential to spark an interest in a child that could last a lifetime. Some of the most interesting electronics for kids these days are ones that condense powerful consumer tech into an approachable and fun package that kids can enjoy without too much adult supervision. Think about cameras, instruments, and tools that are packed with features, but greatly simplified. This digital camera won’t become obsolete in a year, and it may be the start of a meaningful creative journey for your child.
  4. Choose something without a screen
    Tonies Toniebox
    One of our big concerns as parents is whether kids are spending too much time in front of screens. Fortunately there are many amazing electronic toys and games for kids that are screen-free like the popular Toniebox. Content comes alive through audio, and we’ve seen firsthand how much kids love their Tonies as much as they love videos and games on their tablets.
  5. Choose something easy to use right out of the box
    Vtech 100 Word Book
    The anticipation and excitement of your child opening a new toy is a sight to behold. Nothing dampens the mood, however, like reaching for the user manual to make that toy work. Complicated electronic toys and games have their place, especially when they’re educational, but sometimes you just want the thing to work as soon as you press a button. An interactive book is exactly that kind of toy – you open it up, you start pressing any button, and you start laughing and learning. This 100 word book with sounds is perfect for 2 or 3 year olds to play with right out of the box.
  6. Choose durability
    Bop It
    Don’t get us wrong – kids are capable of being careful with their electronics, but sometimes you just want something that’s super durable, that you can throw into a bag when you’re getting ready to travel. That’s when a toy or game that’s designed to last comes in handy. Enter the Bop It. No sensitive moving parts or delicate features to worry about. No risk of breaking it or causing it to malfunction when slightly mishandled.
  7. Make it a bonding opportunity
    Ravensburger Tiptoi
    Sure we’ve been tempted to give our kids a gadget to play with so we can have some time to ourselves, but electronics can also present great bonding opportunities. The best gadgets are the ones that have value for both parents and kids. For example, the Tiptoi is a fascinating device that allows kids to interact with books by pointing at topics of interest and hearing audio descriptions. You can be amazed together, and share some of your insights as your kids read along.
  8. Encourage social play
    Kearui walkie talkies
    Not all electronics are meant for sitting alone indoors. In fact, one of the biggest benefits of electronic toys for kids is the opportunity for social play. Of course we already know about instant messaging and playing online, but we can also dial the clock back to the days of walkie talkies, and staying connected while playing outside.
  9. Encourage learning and an interest in STEM
    LEGO BOOST creative toolbox
    We’ve covered the benefits of technology for kids in previous articles, and fostering an academic interest in tech is one of the most important ones. Kids can become interested in STEM just from exposure to electronics, but cool toys like this LEGO creative toolbox help make a more direct connection.
  10. Pick products that are consciously created for kids
    Lottie tablet
    Our final recommendation may seem obvious – choose electronics that are actually made for kids! The Lottie tablet is designed from the ground up to be a companion for kids to navigate the digital world. There are no compromises to consider. No risk of your child viewing unwanted content or breaking the device. Join our waiting list to be the first to try the Lottie tablet and see firsthand what a tablet that’s consciously created for kids can do.