It’s almost time for kids to head back to school, but that doesn’t mean kids can’t return to the classroom with the coolest new gear and toys. Toy Insider Senior Editor Marissa DiBartolo stopped by Fox Business Channel to show off some of the hottest products of the new semester. For more on the products featured in this segment, check out the notes below, and for more on the hottest new toys of the season be sure to view our Spring and Summer Toy Guide.


Kurio Watch 2.0 (KD Interactive)

  • Kurio Watch 2.0 is a real working smartwatch that offers even more features, customization options and fun than before: interchangeable wrist bands, including color-changing bands; the ability to customize the watch screen with photos; an expanded selection of fun photo filters and frames; an included screen protector, and more.
  • Kurio Watch 2.0 comes loaded with games to play, like Tic Tac Toe and Pirates Battle. Watches can be connected for play on two screens, or kids can play together on one device. Motion games like Snake and Ninja Roll use precise wrist movements for play.
  • Watch-to-watch messaging via Bluetooth makes it possible for kids to share texts, emojis, drawings, voice recordings and photos, within a safe distance. Friends and family can also download the Kurio Watch Messenger app on any Android device to get in on the fun. The front-facing camera is perfect for selfies, making videos and using fun photo filters. When connected to a parent’s smartphone (Android or iOS), Kurio Watch 2.0 also becomes a hands-free way for kids to take phone calls (No additional phone plan required).
  • Ages 6+.
  • MSRP: $59.99.
  • Available at Wal-Mart and Toys ‘R’ Us.

iHome Over the Ear Headphones (eKids)

  • Sleek and contemporary designed headphones that deliver detailed and rich audio.
  • Padded and adjustable headband allow for a custom fit. The headphones also include in-line microphone compatible with most mobile phones.
  • Available in Beauty and the Beast, Trolls, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Nintendo styles
  • Age:
  • MSRP: $24.99
  • Available: Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon

iHome iBT29 (eKids)

  • The iBT29 is a Bluetooth-enabled alarm clock with a difference, adding excitement and color to your music. Stream wireless digital audio via Bluetooth from your iPhone, iPad, Android, Windows and other Bluetooth-enabled devices.
  • Play iPhone, iPod or other devices via aux-in jack. USB charging port. Adjustable LED cabinet color and alarm display. Reson8 speaker chamber provides great sound.
  • Built-in mic, voice echo cancellation and answer and end controls make speakerphone use a pleasure.
  • Works with Melody Music Assistant that allows you to use your voice to access music while on the go, no Wi-Fi required.
  • MSRP: $59.99
  • Available: Best Buy, Walmart, Toys “R” Us


  • LEGO BOOST is a supercharged building and coding set that lets kids bring their LEGO creations to life by adding sound, movement, and personality.
  • Powered by a Move Hub, a LEGO stud-covered brick upon which children can add LEGO elements, motors and a sensor that combines color and distance detection, LEGO BOOST brings movement to any LEGO creation.
  • The LEGO BOOST set includes instructions for five diverse models: Vernie The Robot, Frankie The Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder, each designed to give children the basic skills to express their creativity by personalizing whatever they build.
  • Ages: 7-12
  • MSRP: $159.99
  • Available: Aug. 1 at and LEGO brand retail stores

Robotics Workshop (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Build and program robots with this complete robotics engineering system. Using sensors, motors, a core controller, and hundreds of snap-together building pieces, you can follow the instructions to assemble 10 different robots.
  • This fun robotics curriculum starts out with instructions for building simple robots, teaching you how the sensors can be used to control the robots. Build an ultrasound robot that can avoid obstacles, a drawing robot, and a touch sensor robot. Move on to more complex robots that have multiple functions, such as a ball-shooting robot, a crawling robot, a robot that will turn toward a light source, and more.
  • The robots can be controlled directly in real time and programmed to perform series of commands using an easy-to-use, free downloadable app on iOS or Android® tablets and Windows PCs. The app uses the open source visual block programming library Google Blockly to make coding fast and easy to understand.
  • Ages: 10+
  • MSRP: $249.95
  • Available: Amazon, Toys “R” Us, Barnes & Noble


Hatchimals Colleggtibles (Spin Master)

  • Introducing Hatchimals Colleggtibles!  Hold!  Hatch!  Play!
  • These adorable Hatchimals come inside of small, speckled eggs; and they need your help to hatch!
  • Hold the egg in your hands, rub the heart, and when it changes from purple to pink, you know it’s ready to hatch! Gently crack the egg to discover the Hatchimal inside!  Each Hatchimal has a set of magical, glittery wings!
  • With over 70 to collect in Season One – finding the ultra-rares is half the fun!
  • A beautiful collector’s map introduces you to their home! With landmarks like the Giggling Tree, Lilac Lake, Fabula Forest, and more, there’s so much to explore!
  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles: 1 Pack; MSRP: $2.99
  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles: 2 Pack + Nest; MSRP: $4.99
  • Hatchimals Colleggtibles : 4 Pack + Bonus; MSRP: $9.99
  • Ages: 3+
  • Available: Toys “R” Us, Target, Walmart

About the author

Bill Reese

Bill Reese

Bill Reese is Business Operations Manager at Adventure Media & Events, where he's worked since 2014. A former editor at Playbill and graduate of SUNY–Purchase, he spends most weekends rooting for the New York Red Bulls pro soccer team and making subway systems out of Brio trains with his little boy Jonah.