Smart Toys and Robotics: Play, Learn, and Create
It's commonly known that play is an effective way for children to learn and develop. This, however, leads to an important question that most parents ask themselves at some point: how can I best help my child learn through play?
One great avenue for opening up young minds and giving them opportunities to learn is through smart toys and robotics. This ever-growing category is filled with cool products that use cutting-edge technology to help kids learn about the world and themselves – and have a ton of fun along the way.
Why Kids Love Smart Toys and Robotics
The more you explore the features available in smart toys, the easier it is to understand why kids go bonkers for them. Many robot toys can respond to voice commands, and some can even carry on simple conversations with your little ones. You can find toy robots that respond to touch, while others feature a type of artificial intelligence that allows their personalities to keep developing as your kids play with them.
With constant leaps in technology and new features being developed all the time, it's safe to say that smart robots and toys will become more interesting and interactive into the future.
How Smart Toys Help Kids Learn
Since many smart toys come chock full of advanced features and capabilities, it's tempting to think that your children will passively absorb the entertainment these toys provide. However, if you look closer you can see a ton of opportunities for your kids to learn, grow, and create.
Some interactive robot toys teach basic coding principles and how to use advanced technologies like AR (augmented reality). Browse through Best Buy's huge selection of smart toys and you'll find plenty of models designed to encourage the development of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills, cooperative play, hand-eye coordination, creativity, problem solving, and more.
Your kids will have so much fun they won't realize how much they're learning.
Age Ranges for Smart Toys
Not all interactive toys are suitable for all ages. You can find smart toys that are meant for children as young as 2, while others should only be given to older children or young teens. Make sure you check the product description before adding it to your cart.
Here are some of the types of smart toys suitable for different age ranges:
Tiny tots are attracted to cute designs and bright colours, and there are lots of smart toys that combine those qualities with features that both entertain and educate. Whether you get a robotic caterpillar that teaches coding basics or a set of numbers and letters that comes to life with the help of your smartphone or tablet, you can find fun and educational smart toys your little ones will love.
6 Years and Older
Interactive smart toys are irresistible to grade school kids, and it's easy to see why. VR (virtual reality) starter kits, interactive learning sets that connect to smartphones and tablets, and animal-shaped robots are just a few of the toys your kids will go wild for.
As your children grow, their brains are able to tackle more complex challenges. Best Buy carries plenty of smart toys that'll keep them thinking, learning, and creating, ranging from robot inventor kits to app-enabled toys.
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