Friday, 27 May 2016
Board games are brilliant tools to spend some quality time together as a family. Children, more than anything, love playing with their parents and board games can offer engaged fun for the whole family. It's really important to choose a board game that is age appropriate so that kids remain interested and can achieve success in the game.
Today we are celebrating Board Games with the NSPCC to help raise awareness of the work they do to help children across the UK. It's simple. All you need to do is get together with friends, family or colleagues and play your favourite board games. Play Your Part.
Thursday, 26 May 2016
The Adventures of Pan by Hullabalu is a series of quirky adventure story apps for children aged around 4-8. I'm always on the lookout for eBook apps for kids that actually make use of the platform - a sparkly effect and pop sound when you click on a character just isn't enough! The Adventures of Pan is a fab example of what can be done.
Lots of people have a sentimental attachment to paper books and consider them superior. Paper books are fantastic for some things but a good tablet app offers a different experience. We're always on the lookout for apps that demonstrate that using technology doesn't have to be a passive experience for kids.
Disclaimer: We received a copy of The Adventures of Pan to review. But the opinions are our own.
Den building is great fun indoors in the winter, but with nicer weather in Spring it's time to take your den building skills outdoors. Yes, you read it right, kids learn design and engineering skills when building dens.
The best dens are made with things you find laying around - a den made of sticks found in the forest or a piece of waterproof canvas stretched between a couple trees. It helps sometimes to have a starting point using a Den Building Kit or perhaps a quick-fix den with a Pop-Up Tent and cushions in the garden / backyard.
Wednesday, 25 May 2016
We've previously written about our frustration at the lack of LEGO Technic sets that are not vehicles. My kids just aren't interested in vehicles but they love building LEGO machines that actually do something.
They want to build amazing machines that do interesting stuff. Ultimately they'd like to come up with their own designs but it's really useful to follow models built by others initially to develop the skills. My 9 year old has recently got really interested in building LEGO Kinetic Sculptures and models so we've been looking again to see what's available.
Tuesday, 24 May 2016
Some fantastic kid tech has come out of crowdfunding campaigns over the last few years. We love to share crowdfunding campaigns and we back lots of them too. Some of the campaigns don't raise enough funding to get the product made while for others a successful crowdfunding campaign launches a new product.
Monday, 23 May 2016
Turtles, as well as being endangered species, are also programmable floor robots for kids. So it makes sense for us to celebrate International Turtle Day here at Tech Age Kids. Recently my 7 year old explored LOGO on Turtle Academy to make cool shapes and patterns on the computer.
I asked my kids what they wanted to do, other than playing Minecraft, over a long weekend. Not that I didn't want them playing Minecraft. They decided they would like to make 'real-world Minecraft.' So we headed to IKEA, ordered some stuff from Amazon and then got out the craft supplies.