How To Kit Out Your Kids With The Latest Tech for Less

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These days it can feel like anything that doesn’t need charging probably won't keep your child’s attention for long! So a bit of kid-connected gadgetry is a surefire way to make them happy. But that’s expensive, right? It doesn’t have to be.

There are now plenty of affordable techie tidbits that will impress your child and help them keep up with that friend in their class who always seems to have the latest iPad. You won’t even have to worry about damage as plenty of the kid-friendly gadget options are tough enough to last or affordable enough to replace. And in some cases, there are refurbished technology options in here that will help keep costs down while still coming with reassuring quality.

Here are the best of the bunch…
 
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Quadcopter Drones

Flying toys are still one of the most exciting gadgets, for adults and children alike. Thanks to massive jumps in quadcopter drone technology, the latest drones are not only affordable but easy to use, too. Refurbished drone options push the cost even lower, making high-end kit accessible for less.

Some are so affordable that even if they crash, a replacement is not aaaaas much of an issue. But now that’s not a worry as drones are intelligent enough to self-hover, meaning they’re easy to fly. Many are controlled using your own smartphone or tablet via an app. Plenty even have built-in cameras that mean photos and videos can be captured from the skies. 

The more you spend, the greater their range and battery life before needing a charge. Some even have cameras that live feed so you can fly out of sight and still be in control. Guaranteed to keep any child entertained for hours.
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Handheld Games Console

Much as we'd love them to be outside climbing trees, nothing holds older children's attention like a games console.

While you may think splashing out on a device such as the Sony Playstation PS Vita – with its slim design, touchscreen and great range of game options – is going to be costly, going for a refurbished version can save you up to 50% off the price of buying brand new. All manufacturer-refurbished items come with a 12-month warranty from eBay if you buy from eBay, so there's no worry about purchasing. And the savings make it an affordable option, even for kids who are saving up their pocket money to buy one themselves.
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Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition

A tablet is a one-stop-shop for entertainment and education in a simple package. One great example of this is the Amazon Kindle Fire Kids Edition tablet that – as the name suggests – is made specifically for children.

This tablet is tough with a rubberised 'kid-proof' shell. It's colourful, and also features an HD 6-inch screen. It’s also got a two-year guarantee, in case the little ones should manage to break it somehow. There aren’t currently manufacturer-refurbished Kids Editions available very often, but keep your eyes open for them over time, for extra savings.

There’s a free year of 'Fire For Kids' entertainment, which includes books, movies, educational apps, games and music. Plus, there are parental controls so everything – such as access time and content types – can be locked in. 
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Star Wars Remote Control BB-8

When the Sphero remote control phenomenon collided with the latest Star Wars movie, The Force Awakens, the BB-8 toy was born. This lets children and adults enjoy the fun of controlling a rolling bot styled just like the lovable BB-8 from the film.

The official bot is more pricey than most and comes with cool sounds effects and an app for controls and tricks. But there are plenty of other, more affordable options including one blow-up BB-8 that's remote-controlled.
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Lego Minecraft

How to get your child’s head out of that phone, tablet or computer? Give them a real-world gaming version of what they’re playing online – Lego Minecraft.

While Minecraft is creative and immensely addictive, it’s just a virtual version of Lego that’s been expanded, right? So why not go back to Lego creativity with real-world construction kits that feature Minecraft blocks, in order to bring the game into reality? From snow hideouts to desert outposts, there are loads of worlds to pick and build, and some very affordable options among them.
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OWI 14-In-1 Solar Robot

This is a great way to give a child lots of toys in one, while also teaching them the value of renewable energy sources. This beast uses solar energy to power 14 different styles of robot.

From a waggly tailed dog or walking crab, to a surfer or speedster, this reasonably priced solar bot can be built into many forms. It not only works on land but also works on water, too. And best of all, since it’s solar-powered, you never need to worry about buying batteries again.
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Vtech Kidizoom Smartwatch Plus

Give your child a smartwatch without worrying (thaaaat much) about it being broken or lost. The Vtech Kidizoom is affordable, yet feels like a smart gadget for a young child. It has a working camera for taking photos or recording videos and even offers filters for editing.

It has plenty of watch faces, so should make it easy to learn how to tell the time, too. Kids can also set alarms or record their voice with different effects. Lots of fun and education for the price, and it’s wearable – so you’ll have less worry about it getting lost, as well.
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