Tuesday, 26 June 2018

In this article, we'll take a realistic look at what parents need to know about Fortnite: Battle Royale. I've played the game quite a bit. I'm terrible at it but I understand how appealing it is and what you should be aware of it you are considering allowing your children to play. We've taken a realistic approach to Fortnite.

If you have older children or teenagers then chances are you have heard about Fortnite, a free to play online multi-player battle game from Epic Games. You may have heard some extreme reactions in the press or you may have just let your kids play it because all of their friends are.

Thursday, 21 June 2018

Typing is an essential skill for modern life. Young kids are very good at using a touchscreen tablet or smartphone, but the ease at which they use computers when a keyboard is introduced diminishes significantly.

There are lots of fun ways to learn to type. I remember learning to type on an old-style typewriter in secondary school. These days my kids are learning the skill whilst playing a Pokemon game!

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Girls that Make is a subscription service with monthly maker projects designed for girls. The subscription costs $29.99 plus shipping if you purchase 12 months or $39.99 for an individual month with various options in between.

The projects teach girls wearable electronics skills through practical projects with sewable electronics components. We tried out the Girls that Make Sparkly Bracelet.

My nearly 10-year-old son and his 11-year-old friend tried out the kit. They're boys but weren't at all phased by this being a kit for girls. They just said they were making a wristband instead of a bracelet.

Disclaimer: We received a Girls that Make Sparkly Bracelet for the purposes of this review. As always, our opinions are our own.

Monday, 14 May 2018

Engino STEM QBoidz is a construction kit designed for young children with stacking and rotational joints. We love the bright colours and variety of building ideas in this kit, which will appeal to boys and girls with a wide range of interests.

Qboidz are aimed at preschool-aged children from 3 to 6 years.

Engino sent us their new STEM QBoidz E10 kit with lots of bricks to get creative. We reviewed it with a group of kids ranging in ages from 3 to 9.

Friday, 11 May 2018

I love to craft and making things but it wasn't until I met Tracy a couple years ago that I discovered the Silhouette die cutting machine! A new world opened up and I'm not quite sure how I managed for so long without one.

I've always just borrowed Tracy's craft cutter machine, but last summer I purchased my own - the Silhouette Cameo 3. It's an awesome machine for maker families and craft enthusiasts.

Tracy also has the Silhouette Curio machine, which we will write about another time.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Botley is a new coding robot from Learning Resources. We have the privilege of seeing a lot of programmable robots designed to help children learn coding skills.

Botley is aimed at children aged 5 - 9 and doesn't require a screen (tablet/computer) to operate. There's a number of programmable robots in this category already, like Learning Resources' Code and Go Mouse and others.

Learning Resources develop fantastic STEM toys and games for the home and education market. In this post we look at the Botley Activity Set and how you can learn to code using this cute robot.

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Tech Age Kids has launched a Zazzle Product and Gifts Shop - just in time for Mother's Day. Zazzle is a platform to design and create your personalised gifts and products.

At Tech Age Kids we think it's really important that children (and adults) develop their making skills and so our Zazzle products play on this ethos. 

Our product line will be expanding but for now, you can purchase a tote bag and mug which you can personalise with pixel art. How Tech Age!