4 interactive toys that’ll make you wish you were a kid again

Toys have come a long way, but you already knew that. What you might not have known is that some new toys are encouraging kids to explore the world around them to affect the world inside the game—or the toy itself. Yeah, it’s pretty wild. We’ve rounded up four interactive toys that are literally game-changing and SO much fun. Take a look below and get as blown away by the future of toys as we are!

LeapFrog LeapBuilders ABC Smart House
LeapFrog LeapBuilders ABC Smart House

Wow! This 61-piece house-themed block set teaches little ones to use their imaginations with building blocks and provides a great learning experience with 20 double-sided learning blocks. Insert the learning blocks into the Smart Star to hear educational songs and encouraging phrases about letters and numbers. When they press the question button on the Smart Star, it will ask them to find specific blocks. This is such a cute toy that little ones will just love playing with while they learn about numbers and letters!

LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School
LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School

Ok, this is very cool. How can LEGO get any better? Well, they found a way—with app-enhanced play! The LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School builds like a big LEGO construction set (1,474 pieces) but, when kids download the app, this model really comes to life. Interact with the LEGO construction set in real life to make things in the app come alive! There are mysteries to solve, baddies to beat, cool items to find and more. Whether they want to play the traditional way or have a whole new experience, the LEGO Hidden Side Newbury Haunted High School delivers SO much play.

Pomsies Lumies Rainbow Charged Interactive Pet by Skyrocket
Pomsies Lumies Rainbow Charged Interactive Pet by Skyrocket

More than just a little ball of fun, the Pomsies Lumies Rainbow Charged Interactive Pet can match with ANY color it’s placed on and turns colors into beats to create beats! Lumies love color, and are happiest when they’re being placed on anything and everything that lets them glow. There are more than 1,000 possible mixes to make with Lumies, so they can keep finding colors, dancin’ and have a blast!

Thames & Kosmos Sensors Alive Stem Experiment Kit
Thames & Kosmos Sensors Alive Stem Experiment Kit

When they want to explore, Thames & Kosmos Sensors Alive Stem Experiment Kit offers a one-of-a-kind experience enhanced by exposure to temperature, light and sound. The included sensor pod collects the data and creates entire worlds based off the findings of little explorers. Keep going! The more they explore and collect, the more they affect the worlds they’ve built—and the creatures living on them. Populate vibrant islands, keep creatures fed and happy and learn about physics in the process. Even cooler? This toy can be used with a 3D printer to bring their creatures into our world.