10 New Tech Toys of 2015
1. ThinkFun Compose Yourself
(Pre-order available, ages 6+, $14.99)
Created by composer and cellist, Phillip Sheppard, this toy helps children compose their own music. How? It includes 60 transparent music cards that kids can combine to create different sounds. Your mini maestro can then use a computer program to hear their tune played by famous musicians. Or they can print out their composition and play it themselves. Watch the video below to see Sheppard explain how he came up with this cool idea.
4. Cubelets With Lego Pieces
(Available now, ages 4+, $159.95 for the Cubelets Six Kit)
Our kid testers loved playing with these Modular Robotics last year. I can only imagine what their reaction will be when they find out they can now attach their favorite LEGO pieces to them. Even better: They can make their creations come to life and program them to perform actions!
5. Makey Makey
(Available now, ages 8+, $69.95)
Your kid lost his Nintendo game controller? No problem. With this easy-to-use kit, he can make a new one with playdoh, lead from a pencil, bananas or apples. How, you ask? He just has to connect the object he wants to use as his command button to the controller board, program the board to associate that object with a button on the keyboard, then make a connection between the object and the board. The computer will think that he actually typed a key. This genius game is for the kid with boundless creativity.
6. Anki Overdrive
(Available in September 2015, $150)
If you mixed Mario Kart and Hot wheels, you’d get this cool racing game. Controlled with a smartphone, the cars communicate with the race track, so they don’t fly off the track during the race. The set comes with two cars and 10 track pieces that magnetically attach to each other. Cool feature: The tracks are flexible enough for kids to build up, as well as out. Buy enough pieces and your kid can make the Mega track that was at the 2015 Toy Fair!