Saturday, 13 January 2018

Every year we take a look at new kid and family tech that gets announced at CES, the big event in Las Vegas where lots of new tech products are announced, previewed and demonstrated.

There are so many family and kids technology products at CES this year that we can't possibly cover them all! We've concentrated on highlighting some interesting uses of robotics for kids and on products that teach kids to code.

Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Indian educational technology company Robotix have announced two ranges of hands-on coding products for kids.

Both TACO Playbits and TACO Robobricks are aimed at preschoolers and little kids aged 3 to 7. There's a definite trend to take coding to younger kids.

Monday, 8 January 2018

Learning Resources have announced Botly: the coding robot, a new floor robot with accessories for young children.

Botley is aimed at children aged 5 and up and is available to pre-order for $79.99 with accessories. Botley will be released on January 28th in the US and on February 15th in the UK.

This week is CES the big Consumer Electronics Show where lots of new products get announced. Usually, we have to wait a long time before the products are available and sometimes they don't end up getting released at all.

It's great to have a new coding robot that is available at the beginning of the year. 

Saturday, 23 December 2017

My youngest loves making and craft and using electronics and coding in his projects. He's seven, so I still help him a lot, but it means we get to spend quality time together doing something we both enjoy.

At the beginning of December, he came with me to a local craft shop to buy bits and pieces for a weekly toddler group I run, and a flat-pack wooden house caught his eye. It wasn't very expensive, so we bought it and it's become our December craft project.

The project has evolved naturally as he (and I) came up with new ideas and we used lots of different making skills, tools and materials. He's named it our Maker Gingerbread House (that you can't eat)!

As a final post of the year here's what we made!

Thursday, 21 December 2017

We've had a bit of Christmas fun creating Christmas tree models using our favourite beginner 3D modelling software. Tracy likes to code 3D models with BlocksCAD whereas Elbrie prefers to create with graphical components using Tinkercad.

We had a bit of a competition to design a Christmas tree using our favourite tools for 3D printing on the XYZPrinting da Vinic Jr 2.0 Mix colour printer. Our brief was to create a partially hollow Christmas tree using two different colours based on a quick sketch.

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sugru is a brilliant mouldable glue which you can use to fix or make almost anything. But it's not been a product we could recommend for children until NOW! Sugru have launched their Family-Safe product this year and we are so excited about it.

It's still the same Sugru, but with a family safe formula so that children from age 8+ can now use it to fix and make their own stuff.

Disclaimer: Sugru sent us a Family Safe Sugru pack to review. Our opinions are always our own.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

We are huge fans of Simbrix, plastic puzzle-shaped beads, for pixel art and 2D construction. This year Simbrix launched a Kickstarter campaign to develop new kits, with improved storage, bricks colours and idea cards.

We'd like to think they got inspired by our discussions at the London Toy Fair, as everything we wished for Simbrix when they first launched, has come true with these new kits!

Disclaimer: Simbrix sent us a Cute Kit and Geek Kit to review. Our opinions are always our own.