Technology for Children and Families

Thursday, 8 October 2015

Little Ruby is turning 1 just before Christmas and the kids are already thinking what birthday and Christmas gift we can get for our doggie. If you asked me, before we had Ruby, whether I would buy a Christmas gift for my dog, I would probably have said "no"! However now this little fluffball is part of our family it just seems natural. So just for fun (and with a Tech Age twist) we looked around for cool techie products available for our little Ruby dog.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015

LEGO Dimensions Review
We've been playing LEGO Dimensions. I say we, rather than just the kids quite deliberately. This is very much a game for the whole family.

We've been waiting for LEGO to enter the 'Toys to Life' market for a long time. It's going to be one of the contenders for the main gift on lots of children's Christmas lists this year and probably for the next few years.

So is it any good? Is it worth the money? Are kids just going to lose all the small pieces so you're left with a useless lump of plastic and electronics? We've put the game through its paces so we can answer all of these questions and more.

Tuesday, 6 October 2015

It's party time in our house, with our youngest turning 5 later this month. My kids plan their birthday parties months in advance. It's quite the event as we discuss the theme, games and guests to invite. I love putting the parties together, and make a lot of the things myself. I like to keep the number of guests low, especially as my kids love having their parties at home, and we live in a rather small English house. Usually a maximum of 10 kids including my own is plenty. Thinking about our theme this month, we looked through some previous party photos. One really stood out as a favourite, so I thought it would be fun to write about our Lego-inspired party for my son last year. Shhh... we can't share our theme for my youngest just yet!

Monday, 5 October 2015

BigTrak is a chunky programmable floor robot with shooting sound effects and an optional rocket launcher accessory. Well, technically its optional. You have to get it if you have a BigTrak and kids, they insist.

The original BigTrak was popular when I was a child. I didn't have one then but I've made up for it now! An updated (but faithful) BigTrak was released a few years ago and we got one. It comes out regularly, especially when the kids have friends around.

We've also got a BigTrak Jr which has the same programmability but in a smaller package.

BigTrak isn't a recent toy, even the newly released version, but we still think it's a lot of fun and they are still available to buy.

Friday, 2 October 2015

Skylanders Superchargers Wii Starter Pack

We just bought the new Skylanders game, Superchargers.  It's our first Skylanders purchase, however my kids have played the game at friends and have surprisingly deep knowledge of the game already. Skylanders Superchargers is the fifth game in the series, starting with Spyro's Adventure back in October 2011. Tracy purchased Skylanders when it first came out and have since bought Skylanders Giants, Swap Force and Trap Team for her kids. She tells me, the new Superchargers is quite special as it's a new type of game play for Skylanders - RACING!

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Fizzbit Spider by Tech Age Kids

We got a Fizzbit last year at our local Maker Faire and with their recent launch on Kickstarter we dug it out to make a fun Halloween craft. Fizzbit is a small electronic module that turns cardboard and even 3D printed characters into fun, vibrating toys. The idea of Fizzbit came from Ross Atkin, looking to create a toy, low on carbon emissions and high on creativity and individuality. We embraced that philosophy and searched around the house for crafty bits to make a scary spider.

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Time for our monthly roundup of kids technology projects that are looking for crowdfunding. Many of these projects will be available to back well into October 2015, some are ending sooner that others so make sure you check the dates.

September 2015 has been a fantastic month for crowdfunded children's robots and also for physical toys that use tech in creative ways.

We've already covered some Kickstarter projects in more detail this month. Check out:

And don't forget to check out last month's Tech for Kids Crowdfunding Roundup, some projects may still be available to back.

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