Technology for Every Age & Stage: Ages 2–9

Raising kids in today's world poses numerous different challenges for parents. When should your child be introduced to TV? What about the iPad or the family computer? We've rounded up safe technology products you can feel good about giving to your children.

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Age 2+

The terrible twos might not be so bad with this Fisher-Price Zoom 'N Crawl Monster. Not only is it totally adorable, but it is suitable for ages 12 to 24 months, so your little one can enjoy it for an extended period of time. The benefits of this goofy little toy shouldn't be missed: Your baby will be encouraged to crawl after the monster while strengthening their muscles! The monster is made out of different colors and textures, strengthening your baby's sensory skills. The monster spits out the balls in different directions and can move around, making your little one discover cause and effect. This toy should be on everyone's parent-approved list. ($30; walmart.com)

PLAY AND CRAWL WITH THIS MONSTER

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Age 3+

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that for children 2 to 5 years of age, screen time should be limited to one hour per day. Skip the screens and opt for an alternative toy that fosters intellectual growth in your child. This Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-a-Pillar inspires eager scholars to become big thinkers by encouraging preschoolers to arrange (and rearrange) the easy-to-connect segments. Before your little one begins his or her formal education, they can learn the building blocks of coding. Kiddos won't even realize that they're using an educational toy because they'll be too busy laughing and problem-solving. ($31; target.com)</p>

LEARN TO CODE BEFORE PRE-SCHOOL
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Age 4+

Little learners will have endless fun practicing their letters and numbers with Leapfrog's Scribble and Write toy. Your child will love exploring the different areas of writing, drawing, and spelling with some help from Mr. Pencil. There is a variety of activities for your kiddo to engage in while using the stylus pen on the touchscreen. Trace numbers, shapes, and letters and Mr. Pencil will provide feedback. After your kiddo has perfect their work, they can tap the screen and watch it come alive with adorable animations. ($20; target.com)

PRACTICE WRITING THE FUN WAY
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Age 5+

If your kiddo is intrigued with fitness trackers and smartwatches, consider giving them a kid-friendly version that won't break the bank. Littles don't need all the bells and whistles when it comes to technology, and this VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX has many of the most important features: games, activities, motion sensors, and more! Not only is this watch sweat-proof and splash-proof, but it also can take photos, videos, and voice recordings. ($60; amazon.com)

CHECK OUT THIS KID FRIENDLY SMARTWATCH
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Age 6+

When learning and fun go hand in hand, parents and kids are both happy. Tap into your child's brain with this so-cool robot kit. The Sphero SPRK+ robot kit teaches your kiddo how to code through play. The robot pairs with the Light Lab application to introduce programming, robotics, and other STEM subjects. Curious learners can make the robot perform various tasks: navigate through a maze, paint, collaborate with other robots around the world, and that's just to name a few. Hours of imagination and learning lie ahead with this special toy. ($130; bestbuy.com)

LEARN TO CODE WITH A ROBOT

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Age 7+

The Trolls movie has been wildly popular with kids of every age since its release last year. Queen Poppy is one of the most lovable characters in the movie, and once your daughter sees this lifelike toy, she will squeal with delight! "Hug Time Poppy" is 14 inches tall and says 25 different phrases when you press her tummy. Sing-along with Poppy to tunes from the Trolls movie for a roaring good time. ($50; target.com)

SING AND DANCE WITH POPPY THE TROLL

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Age 8+

Get jiggy with it! This so-fun electronic robot plays music, lights up, dances, and walks. Your child will be entertained for hours with this little dude. Kiddos can command the robot with a remote and make it move forward, back, left, right, dance, and so on. Parents can rest easy knowing that this awesome toy is durable, ASTM certified and built to last. ($20; walmart.com)

BUST A MOVE WITH THIS ROBOT
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Age 9+

If you have an active tween, consider gifting them this awesome VTech Kidizoom Action Camera! Similar to a GoPro (but much less expensive) this waterproof, durable camera is made to capture some of life's most memorable moments. Take it on vacation, bring it for show and tell, the possibilities are endless. The camera comes with two mounts that can be attached to skateboards, bicycles, and so much more. ($34; amazon.com)

CHECK OUT THIS KID FRIENDLY CAMERA