Best gadgets to take back to school

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Best gadgets to take back to school

This is one for the whole family — and if you likeThe Fast and the Furious, you know the importance of family. Ankis racing cars use infrared tech to stay on the modular track, with an app for steering from your phone. Did I mention the Fast and the Furious designs? Did I also mention family?

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For a cheaper Nintendo handheld, which is also the best value, get theNintendo 2DS. It isnt foldable, but it plays every Nintendo 3DS and DS game.

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Roll your kid into coding with theSphero Mini, a smaller, cheaper version of Spheros original rolling robot. You control it with Spheros EDU app. Its as cute as the young, sweet person in your house: you.

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Mum, Dad, look at what I made! Thischeap circuit boardencourages students to tinker. Its outfitted with a CPU, graphics card, memory and other components. By connecting the Pi to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, it functions as a basic computer.

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If they insist on a game console, get them the best. TheNintendo Switchis modular, so the sides clip off and become controllers for two-player gaming. No more yanking kids apart in the back seat.

This drone is great for beginners, plus with the protective cage it wont dint the walls or, you know, your kids head. Its midsized at 24x215x215 millimetres and needs AA batteries. Expect to pay AU$55, which is on the cheaper end for a drone of this size. Check outmore drone options.

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Like Wall-E? Meet Cozmo, a codable, remote-controlled robot with facial recognition and three blocks to play games with. You decide whos cuter.

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If your kid wants to be the next Taylor Swift, plus theyre into coding — what a combo — this game lets them create their own music by arranging coding blocks into patterns and sequences that correspond with their iPad or iPhone. TheOsmo Coding Jam Gamecomes in at AU$90.

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Maybe your kid is into drawing and has been asking for something to take it to the next level. TheWacom Intuous Drawlets you draw either directly on the computer or make touch ups and use effects you wouldnt otherwise have access to with a peasants lead pencil. Itll be AU$107.

AmazonsFire 8 HD Kids Editionis a cheap tablet with 32GB of memory, a protective Play Doh-coloured case and a two-year, no-questions-asked replacement policy. Choose this over other toy-like kids tablets.

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If you want something new for board game night, consider Looney Labs massive box set. The kit has 22 games and creative kids can invent dozens more.

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Obviously, youd only buy this for your kid if youre going on holiday or they have so many books to take to school they cant carry all the physical copies. Only then do you get the AmazonsKindle Paperwhite, our favourite e-reader, with a backlight for reading under the covers at night.

Speaking of good value, theApple iPad 2017is Apples cheapest and most worthwhile iPad for the money you pay. Its big, bright display makes it one of the best personal portable media players — great for kids.

Kids tech doesnt just mean toys or cheaper, lesser versions of something else. These gadgets can help your kid find learning fun.

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This robotics set is for Lego-loving kids who want to control the robots they build. The robot uses Bluetooth to pair with a tablet or phone. Humming with motors and proximity sensors, its perfect for kids who like a challenge.

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