7 Incredible Gadgets That Will Smarten Up Your Kids

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It is often said children spend too long these days playing on tablets, but technology can in fact make your young ’uns smarter, as these eBay bargains show…

1. An iPad Mini



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An iPad Mini might seem extravagant for a child, especially with cheaper tablets on the market. But source a manufacturer refurbished iPad Mini on eBay’s dedicated tech hub and this simple to use, family device suddenly appears in most people’s price range. As an added bonus, the range of apps available for children is enormous. The Toca games are a favourite, as are the free CBeebies apps from the BBC, but there are plenty of educational delights lurking on the App Store which will keep your child amused and teach them something worthwhile.

Take Daisy the Dinosaur, for example: It features a cute, cartoon character who can be guided by kids using basic coding commands, starting younglings on the path towards programming at a very early age.

2. Osmo



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Once they've mastered Daisy, take the programming concept further and introduce a physical element to child’s play. Osmo Coding is an excellent iPad accessory kit that uses a camera add-on to combine on-screen activities with blocks, placed by the child, which the software recognises and translates into movements in the game. 

Even very young hands can grasp the nicely designed bricks, and other educational games in the Osmo range help with numeracy, spelling and other creative subjects. For more refurbished gaming devices, click over to eBay's dedicated hub.

3. LeapFrog LeapPad



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Although small kids like nothing better than making off with a parent’s tablet, they can actually own their own. These are safer and more secure than adult equivalents too, as they run on their own, locked operating system where only dedicated educational games are accessible.

LeapFrog’s LeapPad range is especially excellent. Not only are the tablets robust and able to take a decent amount of bashing, there are plenty of games available – either downloaded through a secure online store or via a cartridge – and they feature learning aspects to go along with the fun.

4. Raspberry Pi



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Older children and teenagers look for more engaging pastimes than their younger siblings, and you could do worse than invest in a Raspberry Pi.

It is a small, inexpensive and readily available computer that forms the bedrock of many an exciting project and can be used to power a robot, a weather tracking station or even a retro games console. Half the fun is in the building and coding whatever you want as a family.

5. Littlebits



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If the Raspberry Pi seems a little complicated for you (and your kids) – and you have a bit more cash in your pocket – fun game Littlebits is a fascinating mix of Lego and computers that provides plenty of project ideas for young and old to enjoy together.

They come in packs with multiple tiny tech accessories which can be combined to make interesting devices. Once snapped together and a current is fed through, they also perform numerous functions: You could build a synthesiser, or just a night light for the hallway. Like building blocks, they can also be added to over time.

6. VTech Kidizoom Action Cam



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Encourage your kids to be active with the VTech Kidizoom Action Cam. Like a GoPro, the VTech is robust and can be strapped to a scooter, skateboard, bike or even take a dip, thanks to its waterproof case.

Kids can shoot their own videos and add cartoon and distortion effects over their activities and shoot stills, giving young photographers the chance to try their hand at creative arts and composition. For other refurbished cameras at competitive prices head over to eBay's Refurbished Tech Hub.

7. Nintendo 2DS



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Many wouldn’t associate a games console with being 'educational', but Nintendo machines have always been designed with younger users in mind – and the 2DS is specifically aimed at kids. That’s because, although it is capable of running all of the same games and apps as the 3DS, it dispenses with the 3D screen so there is no danger of damage to the eyes of children under six.

There are hundreds of games available for pre-schoolers, many of which can also be snapped up for a bargain along with the console itself.  Refurbished Nintendo consoles can often be found on eBay, so it’s quids in all round.
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