Technology for Children and Families

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Big Hero 6 Baymax and Hiro Hamada Costumes and Role Play Accessories

Disney's Big Hero 6 is a fantastic tech-themed kids movie. There are some fun Baymax and Hiro Hamada costumes and role play accessories that children who love the movie will have fun with. These are the kind of characters we like here at Tech Age Kids, one is a robotics genius kid and other is a robot!

"Fist Bump is not in my fighting database." 

Baymax is the big white healthcare companion robot and Hiro Hamada is the tech-loving boy he befriends. At this point you might be wondering how a small human child can be turned into a healthcare robot of rather generous proportions. Don't worry, the technology is available! There's also the opportunity to be Baymax in superhero form and add a functioning rocket fist.

If you haven't watched Big Hero 6 we highly recommend it (this article contains spoilers so watch it first.) It's one that the whole family will enjoy (warning: there are some very sad bits.)

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Dymo Label Printer for the Super Organised Mother

My kids have gone back to school this week and with EVERYTHING requiring named label, I was looking for a solution to ease the pain. Yes, I have purchased a variety of personalised name tags in the past, but I wanted something that was customisable and I didn't need to purchase 100s of the same label to make it cost effective. Tracy introduced me to her Dymo LetraTag Label Printer. As her label printer has seen better days we decided to invest in the newer version, Dymo Plug 'n Play LabelManager for our business. I've now used both machines and thought you'd be interested in know what I liked about them.

World of Warriors Guide for Parents

Image: Mind Candy
My kids have been playing World of Warriors, and so have I! I thought it would be useful to put together a guide for parents who aren't quite so willing to spend hours building a cohort of cartoon historical warriors and taking them into battle.

World of Warriors is a game for iOS and Android phones and tablets which is set in the mythical Wildlands. Warriors from history have been summoned to the Wildlands and must battle with their enemies to survive. The app is free but does have lots of in-app purchases - more on those later.

World of Warriors is designed to suck kids in and keep them coming back regularly to spend more time (and optionally money.) It's a fantastic game, but it's worth understanding how it works so you can come to an agreement with your child or teen on how much time (and optionally money) they can spend in the game.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Bat Detector Fun with Kids

I got a bat detector for my birthday last year and it's been brilliant for a bit of outdoor family tech fun. We recently got to go on a bat walk with experts where we got to use fancier bat detectors and learn all about bats.

We had a fantastic time and managed to find lots of bats. We could even tell the difference between two different species of bat by the end of the evening. Bat detecting is a brilliant tech project that gets kids outdoors.

Bats come out once it starts to get dark and they do hibernate for the winter so make sure you check out where and when you're likely to find your local bats. Although bats are associated with Halloween they will be much less active or have started hibernating by then. Note that you shouldn't handle live or dead bats (not that you're likely to get that close to them) - check out local safety guidelines first.

Monday, 31 August 2015

Pixar in a Box - Learn How Maths is Used in Animated Movies

Khan Academy have recently released Pixar in a Box, a collaboration with Pixar which teaches kids and teens how mathematics is used in making animated movies. This is a fabulous free resource. I took a look at it and found myself working through it and showing my kids. 

There are videos and interactive lessons suitable for a range of ages starting with primary school children but with some really in-depth material for high school pupils. The course is extremely engaging, partly because the content is drawn from movies that the kids will be familiar with such as Brave, Toy Story, Monsters University, Cars and Wall-E and partly because of the excellent presenters: Tony deRose of Pixar, and several of his colleagues. 

Friday, 28 August 2015

Technology for Kids Crowdfunding Roundup - August 2015 Edition

It's time for our August tech for kids crowdfunding projects roundup. The theme for this month would have to be wearables for kids with two different smartwatch projects, a light up costume kit and a portable Arduino device available to back.

We've already written about the OWatch, a 3D printable Arduino-compatible watch with a colour OLED screen. There's still time to back OWatch and it's looking like it will comfortably reach its target

And we've covered the Crafteeo Kids Cardboard Costume Kits with Electronics. A fab project which achieved it's target. Keep an eye on the Crafteeo website for other opportunities to buy if you missed this project.

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Preparing for Force Friday

(Star Wars toys from a wave gone by)
So, Force Friday is fast approaching, it's the 4th of September. If you haven't come across the term, it's the day when the first wave of toys that tie in with this year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens is available for the first time.

Lots of stores will be opening at midnight to allow fans to get their hands on new toys as soon as possible. And there will be lots going on online too in the run up to Force Friday and on the day itself.