Here are the best tech toys to get your children learning the skills they need for the future
With STEM a hot topic for education right now, we’re looking forward to a future generation capable of taking on an uncertain world.
But building the citizens of tomorrow starts now, and whether they want to be a doctor, an astronaut or the next Stephen Hawking, there are plenty of ways these days to get your kids connected to the skills they need for the future, such as creativity, problem-solving and communication.
With that in mind, we’ve rounded up some of the best tech toys on the market to get those neurons firing with some learning through play. Trust us – they’ll never know.
Fisher-Price Teach N’ Tag Movi
This friendly little robot encourages children from three to five to get their minds and bodies moving with six different games that foster listening and critical thinking skills. AED 503, thetoystore.com
Osmo Genius Kit
Aimed at children from five to 12, Osmo turns an iPad into a learning tool and virtual gaming device with the help of artificial intelligence. The Genius Kit develops creativity, numeracy and literacy through five games, while other kits include coding and music activities. AED 409, Virgin Megastore, Yas Mall
WowWee Coji Coding Robot Toy
Learning gets a friendly face – literally – with this emoji-based toy, which develops basic coding and logic skills. Children aged five and up can learn how to input basic commands using a string of emoticons to interact with the robot. AED 472, thetoystore.com
Snap Circuits Jr
We’re always told not to play with electricity, but kids aged eight and up can do so safely with Snap Circuits Jr. The kit allows children to learn the basics of how electronics, resistors and switches work with over 100 projects and experiments to test their creativity and ingenuity. AED 190, hadiyashop.com
LittleBits Rule Your Room Kit
Mini inventors will have to think outside of the box with the LittleBits Rule Your Room Kit. Introducing children to basic programming, engineering and invention skills, this toy challenges little ones to make something new from almost anything in their environment without the need for wires. AED 419, mumzworld.com
Download and discover
This fun app helps little ones aged five and under develop literacy skills by teaching them the most commonly used words they’ll see in books. Free. iOS and Android
With the Wizard School app, kids can get to grips with a range of subjects including science, design, languages and more while inspiring curiosity and creativity. Free. iOS and Android
Lightbot: Code Hour
Problem-solving is the name of the game with this app that introduces children to basic coding. Children guide a robot to safety by writing the correct code. Free. iOS and Android
Maths can be a tough subject, but this app makes geometry easy and fun through 100 levels of games and puzzles. AED 17.99. iOS
WORDS Camille Hogg