Holiday Tech Gifts – The coolest games and tech toys for little kids

Next up in our Holiday Tech Gifts series: the coolest games and tech toys for preschoolers and kindergartners. We always love tech toys that build imagination, educate and inspire–just like any toy. And how great that technology is offering so many fun new options! Here, 10 of our very favorites for 2012.

[Also, don’t miss our AMAZING giveaway below!]

Nabi Tablet
A lot of tablets for kids were introduced this year and this Android tablet is easily the best of the bunch. With 8 GB of storage expandable up to 64, cloud storage, and WiFi and Bluetooth compatibility, it’s a fairly powerful little tablet disguised as a rugged, toddler-impervious tech toy. There are 500 curated kids apps to choose from right off the bat, with more to come. Plus streaming video that parents can feel good about. This is definitely the tablet that will grow with your kid and totally worth the price. ($199 at Nabi or at Target plus $2.99/mo for Spinlets+ Kid-Safe Streaming TV)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Crayola DigiTools Effects for iPad

Crayola DigiTools for iPad
Griffin + Crayola let kids use the tablet as a canvas in really innovative, creative ways with styluses, stampers and animation. Even glasses so you can get the most out of the 3-D tool. ($19.99 each, or $39.99 for all three, the Griffin Store)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Brave DS Game

Brave for Nintendo DS
Hooray for every girl’s new favorite animated hero, now come to life in this game for DS. Early graders should find it the right amount challenging…and the right amount scary. ($24.99, Target)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Boogie Board LCD tablet

Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet
This completely fun tablet lets kids draw, write note, scribble or doodle with a stylus–or even a fingernail. Our kids haven’t grown bored of it yet, and on road trips, it sure beats melted crayons on the car upholstery. ($39.95 at Amazon)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Fisher Price camera

Fisher Price Camera
Just like the one Mommy and Daddy had when we were kids. And we’re totally not getting it to borrow it. No, not at all. ($19.99, Fat Brain Toys

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Movie Camera

Oregon Scientific Fun Movie Cam
Mount it to a bike with the included hardware, or use it underwater up to 9 feet–kids about 5+ will have a blast  making heir own films anywhere they go. ($43 on sale, Fab.com; click for invitation link)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Electronic Globe

Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe
This interactive globe not only teaches kids tons of facts about cities, countries and continents when you touch it with the Intellipen, it’s got three educational games to keep things interesting. We really love that a USB connection lets you update more lessons and new content, should say, the former USSR split into even more countries some day. ($129.99, Magic Beans)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Inflatable R2-D2

Inflatable Remote Control R2D2
Your kindergartener may have a new best friend. One who will spend a whole lot of time with your child, but not eat all of your Pirate’s Booty. That’s a good friend! ($49.99, Think Geek)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: Tag USA Map

Tag US Map Jumbo Puzzle
Ever wonder how some preschoolers already know every state and capital? Here you go. The great thing about this map that it’s fun even when you go analog because the Tag pen is somewhere between the couch cushions. ($19.99, Leapfrog; required Tag pen not included)

Holiday Tech Gifts for Little Kids: iPad 2 with Otterbox Case

Your old  iPad 2
If you’d never in a million years hand your brand new iPad over to your kids, consider handing down your old first or second generation iPad. Load it up with age-appropriate apps and just be sure to include a serious case like the Otterbox case for iPad. (iPad 2 $399 or free if you already own it; cases $89, Otterbox)

For more cool holiday gift ideas for younger kids, don’t miss our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide on Cool Mom Picks.

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Cool Mom Staff

We spend our time looking for cool stuff so you don't have to. Hope this one fits the bill.

103 Comments

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Linda L

    love the fisher price camera! reminds me of childhood!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    MJ

    My son loves to play with our iPad and would love the Crayola DigiTools.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Charissa

    The Tag US Map puzzle – fantastic if you already have a pen!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Dawn

    My kids love using our ipad. They would love the Crayola DigiTools!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    BKC

    I think the Crayola DigiTools would be used most in my house. Supa-cute!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Stephanie Manner Wagner

    R2d2 wins, but the nabi is nifty too

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Julie

    The remote controlled R2D2 would get the most use at our house. Hopefully my husband could be coaxed into sharing with our toddler!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    JCL

    The Nabi looks like a lot of fun!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Sarah Kim

    Oregon Scientific Fun Movie Cam

    My son will be turning 2 next month and he already loves to be behind the video camera while at home.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Kellie O

    I love the Nabi Tablet!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Beth

    I like the LCD board idea for the car, and I have never heard of the crayola digitool. But who wouldn’t love a tablet for their kids…at least to keep them off your own.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Lindsay

    love those crayola digitools. so cool. my daughter would definitely be into that on my ipad.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Margo B

    Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe sounds great, and I know my daughter would love it!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Theresa

    Brave is huge in our house…

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Amy

    I love the boogie board. I’ve also seen one that sends your notes to Evernote. How cool would that be for Mom! (I mean for the kids!)

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Jessica

    LOVE the Fisher Price camera! But my boys would love the R2D2 or the map. :)

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Terumi

    Love the Boogie Board:) Looks so cool and the old-school fisher price camera too!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Jeanette

    MY kids would love the nabi. I would love the nabi for the chores application it has

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    christina

    I love all the drawing tools for the tech gadgets – my kids’ll love ‘em!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Bea

    love the Nabi tablet

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Heather Karalfa

    Would love to have the Nabi tablet fo my 1 1/2 year old son. He is always sneaking off with both my and his father’s cell phones – and it just kills our batteries! It would be great if he could finally have a kid-frindly device of his own that we don’t have to wrestle back out of his hands :-)

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Irene

    In our household, R2D2 would win hands down!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Heidi D.

    Definitely the Crayola Digitools, although the Globe is a close second.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Amy H

    Love the Fisher Price Camera!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Meredith

    The crayola Digitools look so great!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Di

    My kids would love the Oregon Scientific fun movie cam.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Sarah C.

    I love the Remote Control R2D2!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Betsy

    My kids would love the Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    nathalie

    Definitely the Nabi Tablet!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Julie

    My preschooler is a HUGE star wars fan (thanks to big brother) and would LOVE the R2D2 remote control. He would have so much fun with that. A lot of great cool ideas featured!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Trisha

    All are great – but really digging the learning globe!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Carol Y

    Oooh fun! It’s hard to pick just one from this list. I guess I like the movie cam the best – I wish I had one when I was young.

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    Amy W

    My kids would LOVE the remote control R2D2!

  • Reply December 4, 2012

    catherine

    I’d love the Nabi for Eli.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Mary Rude

    I love the inflatable R2D2 for my nephew who’s has been a star wars fan since birth :)

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Hillary

    My star wars obsessed household would love the rc R2D2.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Nerissa

    The globe and Brave game would be the biggest hits!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Lisa

    the movie camera!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Dawn

    I love the Nabi tablet!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kerrie

    Loving the Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet….I’m dreaming of a table without pen and marker “scars”.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Shawna B.

    I love that R2D2 Robot. I think my 7-yr-old would love it too!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Issa

    I think I want some of those Boogie Board things for my kids. They are big into drawing.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Missy S

    Definitely the Nabi Tablet for my daughter!!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Sandy L.

    I love the inflatable remote R2D2. Perfect for my Star Wars fan!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Tiffani

    The Inflatable Remote Control R2D2. My 6-year-old nephew would love to fly this thing around. I would love to see his face light up on Christmas with this gift.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Tabathia B

    the nabi tablet would be perfect for my daughter

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Nichole Morton

    Love the Crayola DigiTools & the learning globe!!

  • My boys could really use the Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Jessica Brubaker

    LOVE the boogie board idea. It will feel techie but still encourage creativity. And no mess! Brilliant!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Tracey G.

    I can only imagine the fun that could be had with the movie cam.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    kyonosan

    Oh for me its definitely the R2D2 remote control! For the kids, the tablet for sure.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kirsten

    The Nabi Tablet for sure!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    susan

    I am definitely looking into the nabi…I have been thinking about something like that for my kids and haven’t checked that one out yet.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Janet

    That globe is pretty cool!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Heather mayer

    My kids would LOVE the Crayola DigiTools and the Globe!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Ailis

    The inflatable R2D2 is awesome – I think my hubby would like that as much as my almost 4-year-old. But the Nabi tablet actually looks pretty awesome, although I’d be interested to hear how it compares with, say, a regular Kindle Fire for kids.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    TLC

    My son would LOVE the Crayola DigiTools!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kara

    I like the boogie board for my 5-year old who is less than green, using many, many , many sheets of paper a day to draw rainbows and to trace her hand to make turkeys.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    ChristinaW

    The Nabi tablet looks great!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    jill

    Stylus Pencil made to look and feel like a #2 pencil even fitted with the proper grippers for ages 2-8- works on ALL TOUCH SCREENS (iPads, smartboards, Kindles, Hatch etc..)
    http://www.smartyshortzshop.com

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kristen M.

    The Nabi Tablet. We’ve been contemplating purchasing tablets as gifts for our older children.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Lea Holland

    The Nabi looks awesome!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Sarah Q

    My daughter would live the Tag US Map! Fun way to learn

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Lu

    I love the oregon scientific movie camera! Would be so fun to use on a bike! :-)

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Sharon

    My daughter’s been obsessed with globes lately – so that learning globe is perfect for her!

  • My 5yo is obsessed with geography right now (all thanks to the “Stack the States” iPhone app), so I know he’d love the Learning Globe.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    trisha m

    My son would FLIP over the R2D2!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Karen

    I would love the Nabi tablet for my kids!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Jessica Long

    Oh, the Fun Movie Cam looks AWESOME!!!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Jeannie Song

    Tag US Map Jumbo Puzzle
    Love educational toys.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Valerie

    My kids would LOVE the Nabi!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    justaub

    The nabi looks really perfect for younger kids and we might need that R2D2 for the house!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Naomi

    remote controlled R2D2!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Lynette

    My Star Wars loving boys would so enjoy the remote controlled R2D2. How genius that it’s inflatable (and therefore pack-up-able).

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Gabby

    Nabi Tablet, I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of this one.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Lauren Lamoureux

    I love the Replogle Deluxe Learning Globe

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Dana Wallace

    Love the Nabi tablet my toddler would be over the moon.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    mere

    My kids would love those Crayola DigiTools!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Tanya

    Have you looked at the Kurio tablet? It’s cheaper than the Nabi, and I think at least as good. I got my kids a Kurio tablet for after doing some research and they absolutely love it. The best things about it I found were being able to set up 8 different accounts with different parental controls, which is great because my kids vary a lot in age (5 & 11), and that it has front and rear-facing cameras. I think the children’s user-interface on the Kurio is really adorable, and the adult one is just like any other Android, which is good when I have to use it myself. Thoughts?

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    jeannine: waddlee-ah-chaa

    Since my kiddos (or anyone in our family) do not have a tablet we’d love the Nabi

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Julie U

    Love the Boogie Board Writing Tablet

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Kim B

    I’ve seen the Boogie Board at a toy store, looks cool.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Jen M

    Love the R2D2 robot! The kids are huge Star Wars fans!!!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    JD Northwest

    I’d love to strap this on my kids and see what happens… Oregon Scientific Fun Movie Cam

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Becca Sheehan

    Love R2D2, son would love that! Daughter (& parents) would love the globe!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    BC

    sonos play 3! thanks

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Cincy Woods

    I think the Boogie Board LCD Writing Tablet
    is cool!

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Ajrivers

    Oh man…I can’t decide between the globe and the drawing tools. Oh…and the Brave game…or Boogie Board.

  • Reply December 5, 2012

    Marci Kistler

    I love the Oregon scientific fun camera – my three kids would have so mnfluxi Dinneruch fun with it especially my daredevil son!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Renee

    The Boogie Board looks like something my daughters would love! I’d love the otter box ;)

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Donna

    love the drawing tablet

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Danielle M.

    OMG~ I am getting the BEST Christmas ideas!!
    My son LOVED his old leapfrog interactive globe, but outgrew it years ago! He would have a blast with the older version here!
    My younger son would adore the crayola digi-set. Now if only Mommy could figure all this stuff out!! LOL!!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    souphead

    i remember loving my fisher price camera. love that they are making it again (still?)

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Holly

    My son would love the Oregon Scientific Movie Cam!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Megan C

    I most love the Nabi tablet – the fact that it has kid-friendly streaming video being the biggest selling point. I cannot even tell you the panic I’ve felt when I’ve caught my 8 year old browsing YouTube – EEEEEEK!!!!! megancrose@gmail.com

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Megann C

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    RachelJ

    The Boogie Board would save so much paper in my household!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Anna

    I love the Learning Globe, I homeschool, it would come in handy!!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    Ira S. Brockman

    I LOVE the R2D2 remote control!!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    sb

    The Nabi Tablet looks cool. A bit over our price range, so hopefully we’ll win!

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    christine w.

    I’ve been eyeing that TAG map for quite awhile! The Boogie Board also looks cool.

  • Reply December 6, 2012

    CarlyH

    We have the Kurio 7 kid’s tablet. It’s a great kid’s tablet for our house. We have a 2 and 5 year old and this one grows w/your child too. You set up user profiles and has parental controls. Got it for $150. They sell it everywhere Walmart, Target online, Best Buy, ToysRUs. We are totally happy with it.

  • Reply November 30, 2013

    Mary

    Love that oregon scientific movie cam….may have to be under out Christmas tree!

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