Tuesday, 21 November 2017

We've had some time to get hands-on with Makeblock Neuron, a new range of programmable electronics blocks for kids from the makers of the mBot range of robots that we love.

We have the Science Kit and the Light Kit. Each kit comes with a set of projects which include cardboard models to make.

K’Nex is a brilliant construction toy that uses rods, connectors, and wheels to make models. K’Nex offers a different building experience from LEGO and by design, you can build move and spin.

The K’Nex Imagine Power and Play Building set comes with a motor to add motorised motion to models. I reviewed the set with my two boys aged 7 and 9 (they’ve not built much with K’Nex before getting this set).

Disclaimer: K’Nex sent us an Imagine Power and Play Motorised Building Set to review. Our views are always our own.

Monday, 20 November 2017

NumRush is a board game designed to teach and improve mental math addition and subtraction with numbers 1-9. The game is designed in Vietnam by Nhat Le and Tuan Ngo passionate about board games and maths.

Friday, 17 November 2017

I have been reading Marina Umashci Bers book Coding as a Playground and so encouraged that concepts that have become evidently important to me in the last couple years are backed up with decades of research and hands-on experiential learning.

Coding as a Playgrounds represents the idea that the act of learning to code should become a new literacy for modern children. Bers argues that learning to code is as important as learning your ABCs and 123s.

Disclaimer: PR with Panache sent us a copy of Marina Bers' book 'Coding as a Playground' to review on the blog. I have held similar views and it was great to read a text that backs up my opinions with research.

Thursday, 16 November 2017

We've spent some time at Tech Age Kids looking at laptops to help children move from only using a tablet to learning how to use a laptop. In this post, we share our findings and experience with the Dell Inspiron 11 to help you make the right choice for your child and family.

Disclaimer: I've purchased the Dell Inspiron 11 for my 6-year-old and he uses it regularly. It hasn't replaced his tablet, but it offers him an opportunity to engage in activities we couldn't on a tablet.

Wednesday, 15 November 2017

Disclosure: We received a copy of 'Cool Scratch Projects' by Sean McManus for the purposes of this review. As always our opinions are our own.

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

We've been waiting for Pip, the new crowdfunded Raspberry Pi based games console to encourage kids to get involved in digital creation rather than passive consumption.

Pip is a handheld games console from Scotland-based Curious Chip. We met up with Jason and Suhkvir at the BETT educational technology conference in London at the beginning of this year and we've been looking forward to its Kickstarter launch.