Garmin Vivofit Jr.
If you have a smartwatch or fitness tracker, chances are your kids will want one, too. Luckily, the Garmin Vivofit Jr. is a daily activity tracker designed just for kids—plus, it has some parent-friendly features you’re sure to love.
The Garmin Vivofit Jr. is perfect for kids ages four to nine, as its easy to put on, durable and waterproof. The Vivofit Jr. comes with a one-year battery, so children won’t have to charge it, either. The wearable device tracks steps, minutes of activity and sleep, and there are additional features available through its app.
Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
This affordable electronic toy is great for budding musicians, as there are several ways for them to play and learn about music. The 6-foot play mat, which runs on four AA batteries (not included), includes eight instrument options, including piano, guitar, saxophone and violin. Kids can freestyle on the mat, tapping out their own tunes, or they can also choose to record songs or play in Demo mode.
The Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat is made from durable vinyl material, so it can withstand years worth of stomping, and it comes with automatic shut-off to conserve battery life. Another added bonus is that you can adjust the volume so kids can play quietly without disturbing the rest of the family. This toy’s thoughtful features and durable nature makes it a perfect choice for musically inclined children!
Osmo Starter Kit
To use Osmo, kids set up an iPad in the base, then use physical pieces like letters and geometric shapes to engage in a variety of games. There are word challenges, where children have to guess hidden words, as well as Tangram spacial puzzles for them to conquer. Osmo also has a drawing option for budding artists and “Newton” games that teach creative engineering.
The Osmo Starter Kit will keep kids six and up engaged by bringing gameplay off the screen. There are multi-player games available so you can play as a family, and you can even bring Osmo on the go, as it doesn’t require an Internet connection. The only downside of this unique electronic toy is that it only works with iPads, so tablets from other manufacturers can’t be used.