Ideal for kids ages eight and up, the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 is still one of the hottest toys on the market. With the fire-safety concerns in the rear-view mirror, the hoverboard might not be the most educational gift, but it’s a great way for kids to hone their motor skills. Capable of cruising at a speed of around 8 mph on a 350-watt motor, the Hovertrax 2.0 can run for around 60 minutes of continuous use for riders up to 220 pounds. For extra support, the Razor includes its exclusive EverBalance technology that makes for an easier mount and smoother ride, especially for beginners.
Best Educational: VTech Touch and Learn Activity Desk
Sometimes for younger kids, a fully electronic toy isn’t the best because you want to encourage them to partake in more tactile creativity while also learning via electronic capabilities. This VTech desk does just that.
When it’s in desk form, it comes with a variety of content sheets that teach children different things from basic anatomy to geometry to letters and words. It does so with bright colors and pictures that connect into three electronic mechanisms: an LED screen to highlight numbers and letters and give feedback, a number dial touch pad for learning math, and a mini radio for playing the tunes that go with the lessons. The content packs are expandable with separate cartridges so once your child masters these basics, you’ll keep them learning and asking for more fun.
If you want them to learn more traditional writing and drawing, the desk folds up into a standing easel with a chalkboard and internal storage so they can doodle and sketch like kids have been doing since long before modern tech. It’s the best of both worlds.