Making the home a child’s favourite place to be can be done in many ways, but for Gen Z it’s crucial that their space is also a smart one. Designing creative areas for children can be an exciting process with easy-to-maintain products that also boost learning, positivity and growth. Here are some ways for you to make your children’s space smarter while also making your own life easier:
Genius toys: Don’t have enough vacation time to take your kids to different museums? The Mattel View-Master DLX VR offers 360-degree tours of several museums and national parks as well as the space shuttle. The interactive Osmo Genius Kit allows kids to manipulate virtual tiles, pen and paper to draw, solve puzzles and play games simply by hooking a mirror clip to an iPad, while CogniToys GreenDino helps them learn how to spell and count. And if you have trouble getting them to brush their teeth before bedtime, introduce them to the Grush or the Gaming Toothbrush, which has a Bluetooth sensor that ensures hygiene while offering interactive brushing-based games.
Robot pals: Stay carefree by getting your child a programmed companion like Miko by Emotix, who can read human emotions and accordingly adapt its response. For instance, if your child is tired or irritable, Miko will read it soothing stories. Plus, you get to have some precious downtime while your child always has someone to talk to, play with or ask why the sky is blue (among other things) because the robot will respond accordingly.
Smart lighting: Creepy shadows at night and monsters under the bed will be a thing of the past with the Philips Hue Lighting. Fix the lights from the bed to the bathroom, add on a smart floor and door sensors by Samsung SmartThings and you will be able to programme the lights to switch on automatically once the sensor picks up movement in the room. Save power by setting the central hub to automatically turn off lights when not in use.
Friendly tracking: Sit back and relax as gizmos such as Trax Play help pinpoint your child’s whereabouts. Feed in a certain perimeter on this GPS tracker, which is worn as a waistband — one for home and another for school, and never lose track of your child. Parents love this gadget as it offers scheduling, so it’s easy to create a geofence that is active on specific days and times.