Are your kids obsessed with your tablets?  Toy Insider Mom Laurie Schacht stopped by Yahoo Finance to show off some great kid-centric toys that serve as alternatives to tablets.  For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the items below, and for a full rundown of the best toys of the year, check out our complete holiday toy guide.


cognitoys-dino_cognitoys-by-elemental-path2CogniToys Dino (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+
  • MSRP: $99.99
  • Available: Toys “R” Us

little-scholar-mini_school-zone-publishing2Little Scholar Mini (School Zone)

  • The Little Scholar Mini is a 7-inch children’s tablet that comes preloaded with over 70 apps, books, games, videos and songs that improve your child’s reading, math and spelling skills.
  • The tablet includes Charlie & Company, School Zone’s Intellectual Property video series.
  • Ages: 3-7
  • MSRP: $129
  • Available: Amazon, Toys R Us