By Becca Ludlum on Tue, 07/22/2014
1. Plush Pals ($39.99)
These adorable plush animals are a must have for any music-loving kid (or adult). Plug Freddy, Manny, or Patch into your iDevice and they'll sing your favorite song, act as if they're narrating a cartoon, or mimic your video game. A bonus? They're soft and cuddly, apart from the battery area in the bottom. See the Plush Pals in action on their website or right here.
2. Sphero (Sstarts at $79.99)
Robot. Game. Pool toy. Dog toy (seriously!) Night light. The Sphero robot may look like just a ball, but it's so much more.
Controlled by your iDevice, the Sphero robotic ball and game system can be controlled by over 25 different apps. You can race your Sphero against friends' Spheros on the ground or in the pool. Use it as a bright colored night light or a small disco ball. You can even get your dog to chase it. Take a look at the Sphero video to see all that it can do:
3. Kidz Gear Headphones ($19.99)
Does your little one want his own pair of headphones? Kidz Gear has created wired and wireless headphones that are safer for kids because their volume limit prevents noise-induced hearing loss. The volume is limited by a patented KidzControl cable that sets the volume to approximately 88dB. Without the cable, the volume can go as high as 108dB.
I love the durability of these headphones as well as the bright colors they come in. And the price? It really can't be beat.
4. Romo ($129)
Romo the robot can help your child learn to code! Dock your iPhone or iPod and start by playing simple games. As your coding skills increase, you'll unlock more experiences. Another fun feature? Romo can connect your family via Skype or Facetime, and it can roll around the house catching everyone who wants to chat.
5. 94fifty Smart Sensor Basketball ($249.95)
This regulation-size basketball can instantly analyze and improve your game, like a digital coach. The 94fifty ball measures any force applied to it including spin, acceleration, and arc. 94fifty's app can track the ball and up to five players at one time, and its battery lasts approximately eighy hours.
Don't take it from me; watch the video yourself: