When it comes to creative toys, 3D pens are one of the latest innovations to take the world by storm. They’re not quite 3D printing, but they’re a much cheaper and more efficient way of creating miniature sculptures than 3D printing, or conventional clay crafting methods. Essentially, a 3D pen is like a hot glue gun, in that it melts plastic just enough so you can use it before the air cools it and it goes solid again. This means you can make plastic sculptures for very little effort or cost. So if you have a creative mind at home, whether they’re a kid, a teenager, or an adult, chances are you have considered getting one. But which ones are available, and how do they compare?

3D Drawing Pen – Safe for Kids & Adults – Simple 1 Button Operation – Won’t Burn – No Mess – Non-Toxic – Won’t Clog Guaranteed – 2017 Gen 3D Printing Pen

This mid-range 3D pen is one of the latest designs. It is very user-friendly, only needing the press of one button to make it work, making it great for kids. It supports PLA, a non-toxic plastic, so it is perfectly safe. It is also lightweight.

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3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set

This is the very best one for young children. It is designed to be safe from the age of eight, with no exposed hot elements, and the plastic comes out warm, meaning there is no burn risk at all. This means it is also good for clumsy children.

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MYNT3D Professional Printing 3D Pen with OLED Display

This pen is much more expensive and burns hotter, and therefore better designed for older children. However, it has adjustable release speeds and temperatures for a perfect finish.

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3D Pen RENY 3D Printer Pen Arts Pen Making Doodle Arts & Crafts – Unleash Children’s Creativity, Develop Spatial Thinking (Blue) With Free Multi-Color 20 Meters PLA Filament For Kids Hobby Gift

This cheaper 3D pen comes with 20m of PLA filler, but also takes ABS. It is very light and easy to handle, making it great for older kids and teenagers who want to use it regularly. However, the end does get very hot, not making it suitable for younger kids.

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3D Pen, PACKGOUT 3D Doodler Drawing Printing Pen, Gifts and Toys for Boys & Girls – Modern Arts and Crafts Tool

This is an insanely cheap product. It takes ABS and PLA at 1.75mm. It is ergonomic and starts up fast. It comes with some PLA filament included. It does not have many other features.

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AIO Robotics Full-Metal Premium 3D Printing Pen for 3D Modeling, Education, PLA Filament Support, bright OLED-Display

This more expensive product is much more nuanced. It allows you to adjust flow and temperature so as to get a precise result. The display lets you keep an eye on progress.

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Wokashaka Professional Printing 3D Pen with Display. Super Low-temperature Pen Point Can Be Used on Your Hand. Nurture Your imagination!

This mid-range product is the ultimate safe version, as the air vents cool the item, making it safer to handle and last longer.

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Fisher-Price Learn with Me Zebra Walker

This self-supporting walker features a friendly zebra character and a range of activities. Your baby can use it for walking along, or sit down and play and learn with a combination of fun finger activities and learning games on the main body of the walker.

Kolcraft Tiny Steps 2-in-1 Activity Walker -Seated or Walk-Behind Position

This walker grows up with your baby. It starts out as a seated activity center on wheels, but then upgrades into a self-supporting walker as your child becomes steadier on their feet. It features some fun toys, and can be collapsed to make it easier to store and move.

Fisher-Price Bright Beginnings Activity Walker

Based on Fisher-Price’s original walker with a phone, this self-supporting walker features some newer designs and a variety of activities that will keep your toddler very busy. It can be wheeled along upright or flattened into a play center.