Roll your kid into coding with the Sphero Mini, a smaller, cheaper version of Sphero's original rolling robot. You control it with Sphero's EDU app. It's as cute as the young, sweet person in your house: you.
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, it's perfect for kids who like a challenge.
Speaking of good value, the Apple iPad 2017 is Apple's 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.
Amazon's Fire 8 HD Kids Edition is 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.
This is one for the whole family -- and if you like "The Fast and the Furious", you know the importance of family. Anki's 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?
"Mum, Dad, look at what I made!" This cheap circuit board encourages students to tinker. It's 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.
Obviously, you'd only buy this for your kid if you're going on holiday or they have so many books to take to school they can't carry all the physical copies. Only then do you get the Amazon's Kindle Paperwhite, our favourite e-reader, with a backlight for reading under the covers at night.
This drone is great for beginners, plus with the protective cage it won't dint the walls or, you know, your kid's head. It's 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 out more drone options.
If your kid wants to be the next Taylor Swift, plus they're 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. The Osmo Coding Jam Game comes in at AU$90.
Maybe your kid is into drawing and has been asking for something to take it to the next level. The Wacom Intuous Draw lets you draw either directly on the computer or make touch ups and use effects you wouldn't otherwise have access to with a peasant's lead pencil. It'll be AU$107.