Finding toys for kids in a world that seamlessly combines STEM education with play can be a challenge for those of us who grew up without building robots and flying drones. But worry not! This handy guide of the best five educational toys for tech-loving kids can help you choose the best gifts for fun and learning.

LeapFrog Tablets

At first glance, this might be the easiest guess for younger children, aged 4-8, on the list. LeapFrog products feature laptops and tablets for younger children that teach basics, such as reading and math, and also feature a range of software packages featuring popular characters so children can have fun with their favorites as they learn. LeapFrog makes it easy for kids to learn without making it seem like work.

Sphero 2.0

Several tech toys on the market teach kids the basics of computer programming, but Sphero 2.0 does it in a fun way with the use of a mobile phone. This small robot uses Bluetooth capability to zoom across floors and navigate obstacle courses. The robot’s camera will show kids a new virtual world, complete with virtual zombies or replacing the ball with a new image. Sphero opens up a new world of technical possibilities!

Sky Viper

Kids have always been fascinated by flying things in the sky, so a drone is no surprise. The Sky Viper Camera Drone Quadcopter features a VGA camera that can capture up to 30 minutes of video and flies up to 100 feet in the air. Kids will enjoy seeing a bird’s eye view of their area, and the included remote allows the Sky Viper to perform areal stunts that are sure to impress once the footage is reviewed.

Lego Mindstorm EV3

Legos have always brought out the kid in everyone, and now they come with some technology included. The Lego Mindstorm EV3 allows kids to build their desired robotic creations, and then bring them to life using Bluetooth technology and simple drag-and-drop programming. No matter what they build, kids will enjoy many hours of fun and learning!

Amazon Fire Tablet for Kids

Amazon’s wildly popular Fire tablets are a must-have for adults, and they also have a version for children that feature apps designed with learning and fun in mind. Reliably built to be kid-proof, with parental controls to keep kids safe, you can be sure that this tablet will help your kids learn while they play. Fire for Kids also allows parents control of what children can see and for how long they can use their tablet, customizing profiles for more than one child.