Kids' gadget gifts: myFirst Camera, Robotizer GinoBot, Cricut Joy and more

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From the January 2023 issue of E&T: gift idea for crafty kids, young snappers, junior gamers and mini inventors.

myFirst Camera Insta Wi


An instant camera aimed at age 7+ but good for older ones, even teens, as a party cam. Unusually it uses thermal printing, monochrome on till rolls, so the consumables cost pennies. Wi-Fi and app means you can print photos from your phone too, while parents can use the sticker rolls to make last-minute labels for lunch boxes.


Read Caramel’s full hands-on review.

Kap Toys Among Us 30cm Feature Sticky Note Plush


Does your small person play games? ‘Among Us’ is a game of deduction and deception that’s popular with small people. This large, cuddly replica of a crewmate comes with a fabric sticky note. They can write messages on the removable note ‘paper’ with the pen supplied and erase them. Great fun and aimed at ages 3+.


Engino Inventor Robotizer GinoBot


Ages 7+ can make a range of robot vehicles, while older children can design and build their own. Program manually or via app; you can even add a Raspberry Pi, Arduino or BBC micro:bit. Meanwhile Engino kits across other STEAM subjects include a stunning microbiology kit on how viruses work, complete with Coronavirus model.


Big Potato Games Shoot for the Stars


A stylish, space-themed new board game where players have to guess numerical answers. Go as high as you can... but if you overshoot you get nothing. For 2-8 players; aimed at ages 10+ and bound to be a hit with all generations at Christmas and beyond. Quick, silly fun.


Tamagotchi Pix Party


The classic, pocket virtual pet updated for today’s young people (age 6+) who play ‘Adopt Me’. The built-in camera and colour display let them join in the fun on screen and take selfies with their digital pet. While the party theme lets your Tamagotchi character plan a party with cooking, games and new characters.


Cricut Joy


Cricut’s smallest cutting and writing machine, perfect for creative teens to make crafty greetings cards and vinyl stickers – whether for a wall or a water bottle. They can even print wirelessly straight from an app. Look out for great-value gift bundles with vinyl and tools, so they can get making straight away.


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