Kids' computers through the ages

Teaching tools and electronic toys aimed at young consumers


The slides that illustrate more than a dozen computers aimed directly at kids and depict how they evolved through the ages. These toys mirrored changes in technology over the decades, progressing from primitive mechanical devices to full-fledged electronic PCs. From the 1980s on, they often won their way into parents' hearts by providing educational instruction in basic subjects such as reading, writing and arithmetic.

Space constraints forced us to leave plenty out, so when you're done reading, feel free to share your memories of educational computers in the comments below.