Technology allows kids to develop their brains through play, even at a very young age. Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by BNN in Canada to show off some of her favorite tech toys for toddlers. For more on these products, check out the product info below, and be sure to view our complete guide to the best toys of the summer.


Untitled-1COGNITOYS  (Elemental Path)

  • CogniToys are Internet-connected smart toy Dinosaurs that are changing the
  • way kids learn and play.
  • The Dinosaurs are smart devices in toy form, tailored just for kids to provide an educational and entertaining experience without the need for a screen.
  • Powered by Elemental Path’s “Friendgine” and IBM’s Watson technologies, CogniToys respond to thousands of questions across multiple topics with age appropriate answers. Additionally, the Dinos explore educational subjects like spelling, geography and math through games and stories designed to challenge kids’ problem-solving abilities.
  • While other tech toys rely on pre-programmed responses, CogniToys™ listen to kids’ questions and adapt to their interests, creating a unique opportunity for interactive learning.
  • The cute and curious 7-inch Dinos are Wi-Fi-enabled and Cloud-based and update regularly as new content becomes available.
  • The toy explores favorite colors, animals and more to customize engagement as well. Each toy comes with access to the CogniToys Parent Panel, a platform that provides analytics on a child’s progress across content modules for parents to review.
  • Ages: 5-9
  • MSRP: $119.99

Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)

  • The race is on to build hands-on coding skills!
  • Build your maze, and then use the coding cards to create a step-by-step path for Colby, the Programmable Robot Mouse.
  • Program the sequence of steps, and then watch Colby race to find the cheese!
  • This deluxe set includes 30 double-sided coding cards, 10 double-sided activity cards, cheese wedge, and Activity Guide to provide the perfect hands-on introduction to coding concepts.
  • Create your path with 16 maze grids to create a 20″ x 20″ maze board, 22 maze walls, and 3 tunnels for endless possibilities.
  • Colby lights-up, makes sounds, and features 2 speeds along with colorful buttons to match coding cards for easy programming and sequencing.
  • Add multiple players with Jack, the Programmable Robot Mouse, sold separately.
  • Ages: 5+
  • MSRP Canada: $69.99

Zoomer Marshall™(SpinMaster)Zoomer Marshall (Spin Master)

  • Zoomer Marshal brings one of PAW Patrol’s most beloved characters to life.
  • Kids can join Zoomer Marshall on their own interactive rescue adventures.
  • With more than 150 real Paw Patrol sounds and phrases, more than 80 interactive missions and tricks, and a transforming pup pack with launching water canons, the living room becomes children’s very own Adventure Bay.
  • Ages: 3+
  • MSRP: $69.99

Think & Learn Smart Scan Word Dash (Mattel)Think & Learn Smart Scan Word Dash (Fisher-Price)

  • Teaches early literacy, following directions and thinking skills through active, seek-and-find fun!
  • With 9 Smart Discs and 3 learn & move modes of play, Smart Scan Word Dash gets kids’ minds (and bodies) moving in so many fun ways!
  • Spread out the Smart Discs on the floor, pick a play mode and see kids go!
  • With the Smart Scanner in hand, they’ll be prompted to answer questions, build stories, play games and more with objects on the Smart Discs – making countless connections as they learn the basics of literacy right on the “spot!”
  • Ages: 3-6
  • MSRP: $30.00

VTech,KidizoomActionCamKidizoom Action Cam (VTECH)

  • The Action Cam is a great first video and a photo camera for kids and is durable enough to handle drops and tumbles. It can go anywhere kids go, and do anything kids do with two included mounts so they can attach it to their bike, skateboard, and more, making it perfect for interactive play and capturing life’s adventures.
  • It also comes with a waterproof case so they can take their videos and pictures up to 6 inches underwater – perfect for budding snorkelers and splashing fun!
  • The Action Cam features a 1.4 inch color LCD screen and can take stop-motion videos and time-lapse photos in addition to regular videos and photos.
  • Children can also explore their creativity with fun effects, frames and photo filters.
  • It’s easy to upload their photos and videos to a computer using the included micro USB cable so parents can choose to share them with family and friends.
  • For even more fun, they can also play three exciting games.
  • Ages: 4+
  • MSRP: 69.99