Spark Kids By the Clever Toys

Gone are the days when Lego was enough to cure childhood curiosity. From toys that teach kids about the principles of robot construction and coding, to paper planes you can pilot, WIRED selects the smartest educational toys in the box.At last: a paper plane you can pilot – just download the PowerUp app, reach for your Google Cardboard and enjoy a different view of the world. PowerUp has engineered an 80g paper-aeroplane motor with Asus Customer Service a built-in wide-angle camera, microphone and Wi-Fi connectivity with a range of 92 metres. Tilt your head to control its movements, and – depending on the design – your sheet of 120gsm can reach speeds of up to 32kph. £199

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YouTuber Daniel Perdomo has taken the classic 70s video game and turned it into a real-world proposition. With no previous technical knowledge – the paddle controllers are made from old hard drives and engineering principles picked up online – Perdomo and his team have made the virtual tangible, without diminishing the game’s appeal. $tbc

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Maglev Model Train

The concept for the magnetic levitating train dates back to 1902; the first commercially usable track opened in Birmingham in 1984. While we’re all waiting for the hyperloop to take the idea to the next level, here’s a small-scale version for your kids to play with. Build your own smooth-running, high-speed maglev track (above), albeit one that fits in your living room. $tbc

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