Thursday, 6 December 2018

The first week of December is Hour of Code, a week long event that hopes to encourage more people (children, teachers, parents, etc.) to try coding.

There are lots of different options, from coding robots, to block-based coding, text-based coding and coding electronics.

There is no lack of choice in themes and ability levels. The Hour of Code content is ever growing and there are new activities added every year.

This is a review of OSMO's Super Studio Mickey Mouse and Friends pack.
OSMO also make 'Disney Princesses' and 'Incredibles 2' Super Studio packs, sold separately.
This is an accessory set to accompany OSMO hardware, see our previous review here: 

Review by Phil Wickins from Run Don't Walk

Disclaimer: This set was sent to us by OSMO to review, all opinions are our own.

Monday, 19 November 2018

Black Friday is a good time to get tech for children and families at discounted prices. For the last couple years, we've been keeping an eye on Black Friday deals for tech and STEM toys, games, and kits for children from preschool age to teens and some for parents too!

For product-specific deals from a range of different retailers bookmark our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals pages for tomorrow and this coming weekend - UK Deals | US Deals

Thursday, 15 November 2018

All too often we hear parents say their kids become zombies when using devices. It’s partly down to the type of child, the length of time on a device and what they are doing on their devices that make parents feel this way. Here at Tech Age Kids, we believe there is a big difference between passive and creative screen time.

Passive screen time is easy for parents. Just give them a mobile phone to keep them quiet. Use the tablet as a second/third parent to entertain the kids whilst you need to get some jobs done. Let them play ‘mindless’ games for hours on end.

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

At Tech Age Kids, we believe it is really important for children to continue to engage in craft activities beyond their toddler and early years. The increasing distraction of more exciting (screen-based) activities means children today spend less time developing physical skills, like cutting, tinkering, drawing, molding and constructing.

As children grow they become more able to use craft tools and learn more physical making skills. We've put together a carefully curated gift guide for children who like to craft, tinker and make (and those that need some encouragement to develop these skills.) Because it's Tech Age Kids, we've narrowed down the vast array of choice to ones with a techie edge.

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The Da Vinci Nano is a mini 3D printer from XYZprinting, the makers of the Da Vinci Mini and Mix. This printer has a small footprint and an enclosure for consistent printing. It's a new favourite of ours for beginners and portability.

The Da Vinci Nano uses proprietary filament which may be an issue for more experienced 3D printers but for beginners it does add more consistency to the process.

Monday, 5 November 2018

The Sew and Glow Kit from Tech Will Save Us introduce children to connecting electronic components using conductive thread to make badges.

My 10-year-old son was really keen to make the projects in this kit (he had to fight off his younger brother though!) It was a popular kit when it arrived.

Disclaimer: Tech Will Save Us sent us the Sew and Glow Kit to review for this post. Our opinion is always our own.