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We thoroughly research all the products we feature, and we honestly think they’re great. But just so you know, things you buy from links on this page may earn us a commission. All prices were accurate at publish time.

There’s no shortage of toys available to keep kids entertained for upwards of 10 minutes a day, but finding a toy that is both fun and educational can feel like capturing the white whale of parent-approved children’s entertainment (that was a Moby Dick reference, we are on academic fire right now).

Whether it’s summer break, the weekend, or a school night that is homework-free, having an educational toy that your kid actually wants to use and can help them learn everything from their ABCs to their URLs (coding is very big in kids toys) can be the parent jackpot. Plus, fun and educational tech toys are a great way to ease mom and dad’s guilt about taking a few minutes to relax and maybe even do something for themselves while the kids play.

1. CODI STORYTELLING ROBOT

If you want to give your child a toy that is interactive, but you’re trying to limit screen time, we love the Codi. The cute robot features 130 stories, 100 songs, responds to simple commands like ‘Tell me a joke,’ and helps children learn good habits, giving reminders for things like brushing their teeth. When hooked up to Wifi, Codi has even more functions, including relaying messages between the child and a parent through the parent’s phone. Using the Codi app, parents can monitor Codi’s volume, see what their child has been listening to, and send reminders for Codi to relay, like telling the child it’s time to clean up. Plus, fun and cuddly outfits can be purchased for Codi to turn it into a pseudo stuffed animal. Like we said, it’s super cute.

Codi

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids ages 1 to 8 who love to listen to music and stories and get messages from family.

HOW MUCH?

$162

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

2. VTECH MIX AND MATCH-A-SAURUS

Learning how to identify and process your feelings can be difficult for kids (and adults too, lbr). By using the VTech Mix and Match-a-saurus, kids can pick from the various emotion, character and music tiles included and insert them into the dinosaur’s back to create different songs and play experiences. The VTech Mix and Match-a-saurus provides a gateway for parents to discuss their child’s day and feelings and gives kids the tools to express themselves when they may not yet have the words to convey their emotions.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids ages 2-5 who are beginning to explore their emotions.

HOW MUCH?

From $45

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

3. VTECH TOUCH & LEARN ACTIVITY DESK DELUXE

Teaching children letters, numbers, shapes and animals takes place over time, but the VTech Touch & Learn Activity Desk enables kids to learn in a fun way while also getting used to sitting at a desk, which helps prepare them for preschool and kindergarten. The interactive desk includes activity mats that play music, speak and more. Parents can also purchase additional mats for more learning topics. The LED screen teaches kids how to draw numbers and letters and we also like that the desk flips up to reveal a chalk board and easel for art time.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Children aged 2 – 6 who are learning how to read and write and like to draw.

HOW MUCH?

$60

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

4. LEAPFROG EPIC ACADEMY EDITION

Are you constantly losing your iPad or smart phone to your kid? Instead, offer them the LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition, an android-based tablet that provides little learners with access to LeapFrog’s learning subscription service. Kids can browse the tablet’s on-board learning content, as well as the vast LeapFrog library containing educational apps, games, music and more. Featuring 16GB of memory, kids can customize their own tablet through animation and stickers and have fun while learning. The tablet includes parental controls to limit time and online access and parents can also add Android apps and streaming services for older children.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids ages 3-9 who have expressed interest in smartphones and tablets.

HOW MUCH?

$138

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

5. INTERACTIVE GLOBE

Featuring more than three hours of content, 500 questions and three levels of difficulty, young explorers will learn about the world through the interactive globe. The globe includes an app component that has even more content to show kids images of how the rest of the world lives, including seeing famous landmarks and local animals.

Indigo

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids aged 7 and up who are interested in geography and learning about the world.

HOW MUCH?

$190

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Indigo

6. LEARNING RESOURCES BOTLEY THE CODING ROBOT

Most 2-year-olds know their way around a smartphone better than their grandparents. Parents try to limit their kid’s screen time, but there’s a delicate balance that includes exposing them to the good side of technology. We mean the side that pushes them to think and not the side that makes them unable to have conversations because they watch YouTube all day. Parenting in 2019 is fun! Botley helps young kids learn how to code by teaching them how to direct the friendly robot through obstacle courses, follow commands and detect objects. Botley grows with kids and advances in difficulty. Best of all? He’s screen-free.

Indigo

WHO IS IT FOR:

Children ages 5-12 who are interested in working with their hands and computers.

HOW MUCH?

$110

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Indigo

7. OSMO GENIUS KIT

Kids learn shapes, geometry, phonics, vocabulary, multiplication, hand-eye coordination, logical reason, physics concepts and more with the Osmo Genius Kit, which can work with either an Amazon Fire tablet or iPad. Combining learning on a tablet and using the physical pieces in the kit, the award-winning set grows alongside the child thanks to its extensive list of educational and creative games. Parents can purchase additional Osmo sets to extend the life and usefulness of the initial starter pack. We love the Osmo for an after-school learning tool or an activity kit kids can use in the car or on a plane while traveling.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids ages 5 to 12 who like to be challenged with new concepts and ways of learning.

HOW MUCH?

$130

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

8. KANO HARRY POTTER CODING KIT

Designed for kids, but cool enough that you may want to keep it for yourself, the Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit brings Hogwarts to your living room. The battery-operated wand works with a tablet and app and enables users to easily learn how to code in order to make the wand relay commands to what’s on the screen.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Muggles and wizards-in-training ages 6 to 13…and above.

HOW MUCH?

$130

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon

9. KOBO E-READER

If your little book worm likes to take the latest read wherever they go, they’re going to love the Kobo E-Reader. With a natural print-like reading experience and a backlit screen that is perfect for nights spent reading under the covers or during camping trips, the Kobo E-Reader comes with 8GB of memory, enough to hold 6,000 books. Books can be purchased online, often for less than a hard copy, and even better, most public libraries now offer e-reader books to loan. That means your child can read as many books as their Kobo can handle, which is a lot. Like, 6,000.

Indigo

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids aged 8 and above who love to read.

HOW MUCH?

$140

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Indigo

10. LUNAR TELESCOPE FOR KIDS

Give your future astronauts a telescope that enables them to explore their interest in stars and the moon from their own home. The Lunar Telescope is strong enough to give young explorers the ability to see craters on the moon and comes with a genuine meteorite from the Campo del Cielo Crater in Argentina. Now that’s a toy that is out of this world. Literally.

Amazon

WHO IS IT FOR:

Kids ages 5 and up who are interested in the solar system.

HOW MUCH?

$55

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Amazon