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Tamagotchi

The best tech gifts for kids aged 6 to 12 are the kinds of things that’ll let them explore their independence a bit while still subtly educating them. We’ve picked out the perfect presents that’ll do just that.

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Happy Holidays! This article is part of our Holiday 2021 Gift Guide where you can find the best-of-the-best recommendations from How-To Geek, LifeSavvy, and Review Geek to help you pick the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

The Best Tech Gifts for Kids Aged 6-12

You could say that we never really stop growing at any point in our lives. But the ages of 6 and 12 feel like some of the most significant changes happen thanks to school, the friends we make, and the way we interact with toys.

As a result of this, figuring out gift ideas for the age range can be a little tricky, but that doesn’t mean you should lose hope. There’s a whole internet with loads of options, and we’ve picked the best tech gifts for kids aged 6 to 12 for you.

So let’s dive in, shall we?

MagiCoders Blazer the Dragon: Give the Gift of Fire

Child using MagiCoders wand on dragon
Coding Critters

We’re going to start by talking about dragons. Everyone loves dragons, right?

The Coding Critters MagiCoders: Blazer the Dragon is an interactive STEM coding toy that allows children to learn how to code. MagiCoders achieves that by having children cast “programming” spells during the storybook that comes with the toy.

We’d say this is one for the lower end of this age range, with Learning Resources recommending it for preschoolers and Kindergarteners. But if the kid you’re buying for loves dragons, then there’s really nothing stopping this MagiCoders set from being entertaining.

Tamagotchi Pix: Pets With No Fuss

child using Tamagotchi Pix
Tamagotchi

If you’re looking at this gift guide, then you’ll likely remember how cool Tamagotchis were as a kid. Granted, all they could do back then was eat, poop, and die (traumatizing young children around the world), but they were still the kind of collectible everyone liked to show off.

The Tamagotchi Pix is the new version of this classic toy, and it comes with a special camera to allow the kid to take pictures with their digital pet and feel more connected to it than ever. Of course, they’ll also have to cook with them, feed them, and look after them, but there are more ways than ever before to play with the little digital pet, so it’s an excellent stocking stuffer.

Tamagotchi Pix

The classic Tamagotchi is back with more tech than ever.

Circuit Explorer Rover Space Toy: Space Can be the First Frontier

Child building a space rover toy
Circuit Explorers

We’ve got another educational toy here, but this one’s not a dragon. Don’t worry, it’s still neat!

The Circuit Explorer Rover Space Toy is, well, a space rover kids can build. It has simple circuits to help kids get to grips with the basics of circuitry. The Circuit Explorer set also includes the parts needed to build the rover and other accessories like a power station and charger.

The Rover Space toy is an excellent gift for any children interested in how things work and an excellent way to let them safely tinker with circuitry.

Educational Insights Circuit Explorer Rover Space Toy

Let the space geek in your life build and program their rover.

Pixicade Plus: Turning Doodles into Video Games

Pixicade product box
Pixicade

Some children are born artists, it’s our job as adults to try and help them grow and flourish.

So, if you’ve got an artsy kid to buy a present for, then the Pixicade Plus is a perfect gift. It allows children to draw whatever they want and then turn those drawings into playable video games, making for truly imaginative play. Basically, the little one can make a drawing, take a picture of it, and then use it as the basis for a video game level.

It sounds like actual magic, and we’re not 100% convinced that it’s not. Still, we’re huge fans of this impressive bit of tech.

Pixicade Plus

Let the child artists in your life bring their drawings to life and make video games.

Nintendo Switch Lite: Fun For All Ages

Person placing Nintendo Switch Lite in bag
Nintendo

Nintendo has been specializing in games for younger audiences for decades now, so it’s no real surprise that we’d be recommending one of their consoles.

The Nintendo Switch Lite is a perfect handheld for children because it’s lighter than the standard model, more portable, and also comes in a better range of colors. The Switch is a software powerhouse as well. Although it doesn’t have the same level of technical prowess as an Xbox or PlayStation, the variety of games available on it is hard to beat.

It’s also great for those in families that already have a Switch because then everyone can play together with multiple Switch consoles. It’s not as easy as it is with a standard Nintendo Switch as the Joy-Cons aren’t detachable, though, so it’s something to consider if this is meant to be more of a family-oriented gift.

Nintendo Switch Lite

Nintendo makes games for everyone, so this is a great gift for kids young and old.

Nintendo Switch

If you're looking to give a gift the whole family can enjoy, the standard Nintendo Switch is great for game nights.

Mario Kart Live Home Circuit: Kart Racing in the Living Room

Mario Kart Live Circuit toy on a rug
Nintendo

If your giftee already owns a Nintendo Switch, it might be a good idea to buy them an interactive game they can have fun with.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit brings the world of Mario Kart into the real world thanks to a combination of remote control carts, AR items, and a camera. If there are multiple Nintendo Switches in the household already, you could even buy another set to allow everyone to play together.

It’s the kind of thing that most parents secretly want for themselves, so these sets can be a gift for the whole family.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit

Bring Mario Kart into the real world with this AR track building set for the Switch.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids: Words for All

Child ready Kindle Paperwhite Kids
Amazon

Reading is a big part of a lot of our lives, and it’s important to build an enjoyable reading habit in children so they can continue learning and growing.

The Kindle Paperwhite Kids is a perfect way to help children read more. The eReader is easy to use and waterproof to make sure nobody has to worry about device damage. It also has a screen that’s easy to read thanks to the adjustable warm light, which is excellent for making sure your giftee can read no matter the time of day or weather.

The Paperwhite Kids even comes with a full year’s subscription to Amazon Kids+, which grants access to a staggering number of books and Audible books.

Kindle Paperwhite Kids

Reading is so much easier when there are hundreds of books in one little Kindle.

J-1 Smart Train Starter Set: Next Stop, Code Town

kid playing with Smart Train
J-1

There are some kids who love trains, and when searching for the perfect holiday gift for them, you can go beyond the standard train sets and get com trains that are a bit smarter.

The intelino J-1 Smart Train Starter Set is a fantastic little train set that comes with one smart engine and one wagon, along with multiple pieces of track that can be set down and rearranged.

When set, the toy can be used to code in different things using color-coding or edited using an app (on Android and iPhone). This set doesn’t use just any random coding system either; the J-1 Smart Train helps to learn Python, a language used in plenty of applications we use every day.

intelino J-1 Smart Train Starter Set

Give the train fanatic the chance to get stuck in.

Unicornbot Kit: Mythical Coding

Children playing with unicornbot
UBTECH

Are you looking to shop for a unicorn-lover, but also want to make sure they learn something from what you get them?

The UBTECH Mythical Series: UnicornBot Kit is a STEM toy that allows children to learn Blockly coding to control the UnicornBot. It doesn’t require any tools, and comes with fully animated building instructions to ensure the unicorn can be built stress-free.

Blockly may not teach a programming language as applicable as Python, but it’s still going to help children understand the basics of coding and give them a boost.

UBTECH Mythical Series: Unicornbot

A programmable and buildable unicorn robot.

SPRK + STEM Robot: More than Just a Ball

Child programming sphero edu
Sphero Edu

Finally, we’ve got a bizarre little ball robot that can help teach a surprising number of things.

The Sphero edu: SPRK + STEM Robot is not only cute, but it’s designed in a way to help stoke children’s curiosity. This little ball is a real robot, and it’s fully programmable. Sphero edu’s toy can be used to teach programming in a way that gives immediate feedback and encourages kids to stick with tasks that otherwise might seem boring.

After all, while it can be tough to get kids to commit to things they don’t immediately understand, making it fun means they’ll give it a far better shot.

Sphero edu: SPRK + STEM Robot

A cute little orb robot that can be coded.

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