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.

Friday, 2 November 2018

Tech Will Save Us is one of our favourite toy developers, making fun kits for children to explore the creative side of tech and understand how things are made.

My 7-year-old and I learned about wireless power whilst making some cool accessories for his bike using the Light Racer Kit.

Disclaimer: Tech Will Save Us sent us a Light Race Kit to review. Our opinions are always our own.

Crayola Scoot is a colourful, fun, family-friendly game made by Outright Games and is available on Switch™, Xbox One™, PlayStation® 4, and Steam®.

Disclaimer: We've had the privilege to try out Crayola Scoot on the Switch for the purpose of this review.

Crayola Scoot is available on different consoles and PC, but we'll share our experience on the Switch™ and its playability for young children and families.

Monday, 29 October 2018

Coding toys are still going strong for 2018. In this post, we take a look at what's new this year so you can find the very latest products that teach kids to code. We'll take a look at the new offerings from all of our favourite brands such as Sphero, KANO and Wonder Workshop.