Rau cov niam txiv tab tom nrhiav kom nqi zog lawv cov me nyuam tseg los ntawm ib tug lub neej online, muaj ntau ntau ntawm tangible, inventive, kev kawm ntawv thiab / los yog entertaining lub cev khoom tawm muaj rau lub tech-miv me nyuam ntawm cov 2015.
Seb koj nyob nraum ib tug niam txiv, neeg saib-, txheeb ze los yog phooj ywg tsev neeg - thiab txawm koj nqi ntau - koj nyob nraum spoiled rau xaiv thaum nws los txog rau tech-hais txog pib lub xyoo no. Ntawm no yog ib co ntawm qhov zoo tshaj plaws piv txwv.
Yog hais tias koj cov me nyuam tas li sim kom tau lawv txhais tes rau ntawm koj cov ntsiav tshuaj, tej zaum nws yuav ua rau kev txiav txim zoo mus yuav lawv lawv tus kheej - uas haum kev cai hais txog ntau npaum li cas lawv siv nws, ntawm chav kawm. Amazon tus me nyuam teem ntsiav tshuaj yog zoo tsim nyog ib tug zoo. Rau £ 100 koj tau txais ib nippy ntaus nrog ib tug chunky rubberised cov ntaub ntawv los tiv thaiv nws los ntawm dauv - nrog Amazon lub tua hluav taws rau cov me nyuam Unlimited £ 3.99-ib-lub hlis subscription bundling apps, cov phau ntawv thiab kev ua si.
2. Coding rau Beginners Siv Kos (£ 13)
Usborne tau publishing cov me nyuam phau ntawv hais txog lub cajmeem txij thaum lub caij xyoo 1970, thiab nws tso tawm muaj tseeb fits ntxiab rau hauv uas zoo cuab yeej cuab tam. Cov phau ntawv qhia txog kev Kos, lub nrig txog kev pom programming ib puag ncig uas yog siv nyob rau hauv ib tug loj hlob tus naj npawb ntawm British cov tsev kawm ntawv yuav ua kom paub cov me nyuam mus coding. Nws yog ib qho siv tau cov kev taw qhia, taug kev los ntawm cov me nyuam cov kev qhia tswj ua ntej tau txais lawv pib rau ib co kev lom zem tej yaam num rub lawv cov kev txawj.
Tsheej lab ntawm cov me nyuam hlub ua si Minecraft, raws li zoo raws li cov menyuam cov online yeeb yaj duab uas tau tsim siv nws los ntawm YouTubers li Stampy thiab lub pob zeb Diamond Minecart. Qhov no cov khoom siv los ntawm Mattel aims tig cov me nyuam mus rau hauv blocky neeg piav dab neeg nyob rau hauv lawv tus kheej txoj cai, tab sis yog. Nws yog ib tug txheej ntawm props thiab mini-daim duab cim uas yuav tau txheej txheem, ces tsiv mus rau tsim nres-tsab ntawv tsa suab duab siv cov (free) luag app rau hauv los iOS no.
4. Haynes Tsim Koj Tus Kheej V8 cav (£ 40)
Yuav ua li cas muaj ntau yam niaj hnub niam txiv xav tias tiag tiag nyob rau hauv tsev thaum peering rau hauv lub innards ntawm lawv cov tsheb? Tej zaum nws yog lub sij hawm los qhia txog peb cov me nyuam. Qhov no cov khoom siv los ntawm lub tuam txhab qab tus naas ej tsheb manuals yog ib tug siab ua tau hauj lwm V8 petrol engine, uas cov me nyuam yuav tsim los ntawm kos. Flashing txim plugs thiab suab kaw los ntawm qhov tiag yog muaj.
5. Qhov zoo kawg intergalactic lus Home (£ 20)
Qhov no yog tsis yog ib tug gadget: kom deb li deb raws li koj cov me nyuam muaj kev txhawj xeeb, nws yog ib tug sau phau ntawv. Tab sis lub tshuab yog qab lub scenes. thawj, vim hais tias nws yog tus kheej rau koj tus me nyuam lub npe, nram qab no rau ntawm publisher Poob lawm Kuv lub npe thawj phau ntawv Tus me nyuam tub / ntxhais Leej twg Poob Nws / Nws lub npe. Tab sis ob, vim hais tias koj qhov chaw nyob yog siv los ua zaum kawg nplooj ib satellite daim ntawv qhia txog koj tus kheej lub tsev. Saib koj tus me nyuam lub puab tsaig poob thaum lawv twb paub lawm.
6. SAM Science tsev cia puav pheej Inventor Kit (£ 100)
Micro-electronics tej zaum yuav ua rau ib tug comeback nyob rau hauv ib tug xov tooj ntawm cov tsev kawm ntawv, tab sis tau txais ob txhais tes-on nrog kho vajtse tseem ntshai rau cov me nyuam. Cov Science tsev cia puav pheej lub Inventor Kit aims yuav ua rau nws ntau mus siv cuag, nrog ib lub thawv ntawm sensors thiab buzzers uas yuav tsum tau txuas wirelessly thiab tswj ntawm ib tug khub app. tsib tej yaam num, los ntawm xa Morse code mus ua si ib lub nruas tshuab, muaj.
7. PlayOsmo oob khab khoom (£ 70)
Osmo yog ib tug iPad accessory aimed ntawm 5-13 xyoos, nrog ib tug puag uas cov ntsiav tshuaj sawv nyob rau hauv, thiab ib daim iav uas hniav rau nws cov sab saum toj tig koj lub rooj mus rau hauv ib tug "ua si teb". Nws txhais tau tias cov me nyuam muaj peev xwm muab cov supplied tooj los yog tsab ntawv vuas, ntoo puzzle daim los yog lawv tus kheej drawings nyob rau hauv pem hauv ntej ntawm lub iPad mus ua si Osmo txoj kev kawm thiab creativity ua si. Nws muaj ntau ntau tej zaum yav tom ntej expansion.
8. Boom Kids Coloud headphones (£ 25)
If your children are blasting Justin Bieber, One Direction or Cradle of Filth Taylor Swift at you, these colourful over-ear headphones may be just the thing to keep your Christmas peaceful. They’re light but feel like they could take a battering, and the most appealing feature for parents may be the built-in volume control that enables you to limit how loud your children play their music.
9. World of Warriors: A New Hero (£7)
Not a piece of technology, but rather a novel based on a mobile game: Mind Candy’s history-themed World of Warriors, which like the same company’s Moshi Monsters, has spawned a host of merchandise in time for Christmas 2015. So can a mobile game really encourage children to read? Based on my two sons’ enjoyment of A New Hero, muaj. It’s an engaging tale about some of the game’s key characters, which feels like a proper story rather than a thin promotional spin-off.
10. Tiggly Words (£ 25)
Another tablet accessory, this time for young children – and working with Android tablets as well as iPads. What you get for your 25 quid is a set of physical letters – the five vowels – which are recognised by Tiggly’s apps when placed on the tablet touchscreen. Those apps – Tiggly Doctor, Tiggly Story Maker, Tiggly Submarine and the new Sesame Street Alphabet Kitchen Reading – are free, using the letters to help children practise phonics, problem solving and word building skills, ntawm lwm tus neeg.
11. Stargazer Lottie (£ 20)
Giving the “smart” Barbie doll a miss on privacy grounds? Stargazer Lottie may be an interesting alternative. The character is an astronomer with her own telescope and suitably-warm clothing for night-time stargazing. Yog dab tsi ntxiv, her maker has worked with the European Space Agency, which has launched a companion website to encourage children to find out more about the skies above.
12. Marbotic Smart Letters (£50)
More letters designed to be used with a tablet – iPad only in this case, for now – with Marbotic supplying an entire alphabet’s worth of touchscreen-recognisable wooden letters. Beginning life as a Kickstarter crowdfunding project, the Smart Letters will have two companion apps when they go on sale in early December – Alphamonster and Vocabubble – with more following in 2016. A neat modern twist on wooden-letter puzzles.
13. Touch Board Starter Kit (£95)
More micro-electronics with this kit, which blends wires and alligator clips with traditional papercraft – stickers, cutouts and stencils are included in the box. The core is the actual Touch Board: an Arduino computer with 12 electrodes, that can be connected using “electric paint” – conductive paint that can be painted on to other materials to turn them into sensors. Three projects are suggested in the box, nrog more inspiration on the official website.
14. Hello Ruby: Adventures in Coding (£11)
Aimed at boys and girls alike, Hello Ruby is the brainchild of Finnish developer Linda Liukas, uas raised $380k on Kickstarter nyob rau hauv 2014 to crowdfund her book teaching the fundamentals of programming to children. Ruby is the star of the book, which is half story and half coding-related activities. Rather than teach specific languages, it focuses on computational thinking: breaking down tasks into steps, spotting patterns and more.
15. Toca Paper Creatures (£ 20)
Toca Boca is one of the most inventive, creative children’s app developers in the world, with its quirky animated characters having delighted millions of kids in recent years. Toca Paper Creatures isn’t an app, tab sis yog: it’s a “play set” of colourful critter parts made from card, which children can slot together however they like to make their own characters.
16. Da Vinci Junior 3D Printer (£300)
Alright, 3D printers may not be at the top of the list of Christmas presents for most parents – let alone within their budgets – but for those wanting to let their children loose on the technology ahead of the crowds, the Da Vinci Jr is worth a try. It promises to avoid the calibration pains of more complex models, and has its own online community for children to find interesting 3D designs to print.
17. Kano Kit (£90)
British startup Kano is another company trying to get children computing – and in this case, they build the computer themselves. Its device is based on the latest Raspberry Pi computer, augmented with a bright orange keyboard and software to get children making music, programming and even fiddling about with Minecraft. Also new: ib tug £110 “screen kit” for children to build their own portable display.
18. EE Robin tablet (£ 30 + monthly contract)
An alternative to Amazon’s Fire HD Kids Edition (or pass-on iPads) is mobile operator EE’s Robin, uas launched nyob rau hauv Lub kaum hli ntuj. It’s an Android tablet that comes preloaded with apps, games and e-books, as well as free access to the (excellent) Hopster service, which bundles streaming TV shows with educational mini-games. Parental controls and a web filtering system are also included.
19. Stampy’s Lovely Book (£8)
If you have children who love Minecraft and YouTube, you’ll already know all about Stampy – aka British YouTuber Joseph Garrett. Having attracted more than 6.6 million subscribers to his channel, this year he launched his first book with publisher Egmont. It’s a mixture of cartoons, quizzes, facts about Stampy and his friends, and activity ideas – plus a cake recipe – with plenty of references for his young fans to spot. More than just a cash-in annual.
20. Dot and Dash coding robots (£ 130)
More coding for kids – a big theme in 2015 – except this time there’s a pair of rotund robots to help. Dot is the stationary one on the right that looks like a webcam, while Dash is its larger companion, capable of rolling around the room. Both are controlled by stringing together blocks of code in their companion apps, which aim to teach children first programming skills.
21. Techair Universal Tablet Case for Kids (£ 25)
Whatever tablet your children are using – well, as long as it’s a 10.1-inch one, although a seven-inch version is also available – this case is one of the best ideas for protecting it. Not just because it’ll save you from dreaded screen-crack if the device is dropped on the floor. The selling point here is that the outside of the case is wipe-clean, with washable pens provided for children to scribble their own doodles on the case and colour them in.
22. Raspberry Pi 2 Model B (£26)
The main appeal of the Kano computer is that it makes the Raspberry Pi a bit more accessible to children. But if they (or you) are more confident, you may want to go straight to the raw materials and buy the latest Pi computer board. It’s six times faster than the previous model, and capable of supporting the Windows 10 operating system if Linux isn’t your thing. You’ll need to buy other devices like a screen and keyboard, but putting a Pi-based system together from scratch can be a really fun joint project.
23. Gameband (£65)
One more gift for Minecraft-mad children: this is for those who are playing Mojang’s game on a desktop computer rather than a console or mobile device. Gameband is a wearable band that, when plugged in via USB, backs up children’s Minecraft worlds, so they can take them to play at friends’ houses. A few worlds come preloaded, and the device also works as a pixellated watch – complete with software to customise its display.
24. DIY Electro Dough Kit (£15)
Nyob rau hauv qhov tseeb, any product on the marvellous Technology Will Save Us website is worth your consideration for Christmas gifting. But it’s the DIY Electro Dough Kit that may be most enticing: it’s a collection of lights, switches and buzzers designed to be squashed into Play-Doh (or dough that you’ve made with your children at home) to create colourful – and squidgy – electronic circuits. The website offers plenty of ideas for what to make, if inspiration is lacking.
25. Meccano Meccanoid G15 KS Robot (£170)
Yog, it’s expensive. Yog, building it will likely suck up your entire Christmas morning at least – it has more than 1,100 daim. But Meccano’s humanoid(ish) robot is up there with Lego’s Mindstorms EV3 bot as a brilliant way into robotics for young makers. As with other devices in this roundup, there’s a companion app to control the G15, although children can also teach it through speech and movement.
Another traditonal print book, tab sis rov, this was spawned by a digital world. In this case, it’s Night Zookeeper, the online community where children dream up and draw their own magical animals, while reading (and creating) stories and playing a game to defend their zoo. Now there’s book to expand on the world and its creatures, complete with spying giraffes and a time-travelling elephant. This was one of the first books that I caught my (previously reluctant-reader) six year-old son reading by himself after lights-out – high praise indeed.
27. Ozobot Bit (£50)
Forget humanoids: this pocket-sized robot is more reminiscent of an old-school Apple iMac mouse. It packs plenty of smarts though: children “program” the device by drawing lines and blocks of colour on paper, which are translated into commands by its OxoBlockly programming tool. The Ozobot companion apps for Android and iOS will teach children how to get the most out of the robot.
28. Tube Heroes DanTDM Hero Pack (£15)
How can action figures have a tech angle? When they’re based on famous YouTubers, ntawm chav kawm. British gamer Daniel “The Diamond Minecart” Middleton has one of the most popular channels in the world in 2015 thanks to his Minecraft adventures. He was also one of the first stars to be turned into a “Tube Heroes” action figure, complete with his wolf Grim. Others in the series include CaptainSparklez, Sky and Tobuscus – all familiar names to young Minecraft fans.
More micro-electronics, in a well thought out box of tricks that aims to get children hands-on with transistors, resistors, capacitors and wires. The focus is on kids building their own projects, from lights and alarms to a loudspeaker for their music. There are eight projects in all, but plenty of inspiration for further experiments after they’ve been completed.
30. I Spy With My Little Eye: Things That Spy on Me (£0.01)
One for slightly older kids. It may seem cheap and somewhat churlish to give your children a present that cost you a penny and may induce paranoia. But they have to learn sometime (about reasons for paranoia, not about your cheapness and churlishness – although that too). This book from tech firm Hide My Ass “details 27 internet-connected household products and appliances that could be hacked into or used to spy on people without their knowledge”. Happy Christmas…
That’s 30 ideas for your Christmas gifting, but what have we missed? The comments section is open for your suggestions of tech-related presents for children.
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