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Give your little one a break from mind-melting television with some smart toys. While they play, they’ll pick up knowledge on physics and coding, and even stretch the limits of their imagination.
Think Trivial Pursuit without a game board or pieces. Brain Quest quizzes your little one with questions from science, math, art, reading and world categories. Questions are divided by age levels 2-4 and 6-13 so every grade level can jump in and play.
Price on Amazon: $9.86 (regularly 14.99)
The classic ice-breaking game is new again, trading in a simple square for a hexagon. Unlike older versions, setting up a round happens quickly and easily. With every strike of the ice, your kid will pick up geometric cognitive ability and critical thinking skills. After all, there’s an adorable penguin’s life at stake.
Price on Amazon: $12.99 (regularly $25.98)
Here’s a game that’s even more tense than Jenga. Balance hanging rods as high as possible without letting the fragile tower fall. This develops hand-eye coordination as well as cognitive and interpersonal skills. Play alone or with up to four players.
Price on Amazon: $14.49 (regularly $16.99)
This big yellow box shaped like a Lego lets your little one stretch their imagination to its limits. 221 pieces in 29 different colors are perfect for building anything from helicopters to cows. Inspire open-ended creativity with the original kids toy for all ages.
Price on Amazon: $13.59 (regularly $16.99)
Coding is the online science that’s shaping the future and will likely be essential learning for all students one day. Ozobot is a tiny robot will steal your kid’s heart while teaching them coding basics. Ozobot even connects to an iOS or Android app that lets you control it remotely, harnessing its speed and bright lights for hours of fun.
Price on Amazon: $89.99 (regularly $99.99)
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.