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Here's where you'll find all the latest news about technology for children. We love to follow cool new inventions on Kickstarter and we hunt out all the latest announcements about tech toys and gadgets for the coming Christmas holidays. You'll also get our take on children's technology stories in the media.

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Our kids technology product reviews are intended to help you work out whether a toy, gadget or kit is a good fit for your child or family. There's lots of cool stuff available, but is it the right choice for the child or teenager that you are buying for? We'll help you make the right choices and get the best value for money.

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Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends assemble. We create gift lists to help you make good choices for kids technology which helps them develop the right skills for the future. We research the best in Coding Toys and Games, Making / Craft Tools and Kits, STEM/STEAM related gifts, Programmable Robots, Electronics Kits and Gadgets for Tech Age Kids and Teens.

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Get crafty with technology. Here we'll post all our ideas and projects using technology to get creative and making with kids. You'll find anything from making a lemon battery to a glow-in-the-dark Minecraft sword. Our projects are tried and tested on our own kids or at events we run, so we are sure you can have a go at home with your kids. Some of our projects use specific tech gadgets which we provide links for you to purchase.

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STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. In recent years there is an increased focus in these areas of study. We like to include Art and Design too, so we often talk about STEAM (A stands for Art). At Tech Age Kids we believe Coding is a new literacy and children need to understand how technology works, practice making skills and grow in their curiosity to make a better future for us all.

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Coding is increasingly being recognised as an important skill for children to learn. Some will learn to code at school or at a coding club, but it's brilliant if they get support at home too.

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We think it's really important for kids to get hands-on with electronics and learn how to make circuits and write code to control hardware. Younger kids can start with conductive playdough. For kids who like to combine craft and tech, littleBits are fab. And we love SAM Labs wireless electronics components for making it easy for kids to make Internet of Things inventions. Lots of electronics kits for kids have support for the Arduino microprocessor environment. The DuinoKit Jr is one of our favourites. Arduino is a fab skill for older kids and teens to develop.

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We love robots at Tech Age Kids, especially programmable ones. We've got lots of them and write reviews and projects that use them. Our programmable robots for kids buying guide is a good place to start if you're not sure what's available. Roby the mBot Meccano robot dog is one of our popular projects and has been with us to lots of events. Our Ozobot LEGO trailer is fab for kids who love LEGO and robots.

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We're advocates of the creative use of technology, but this needs to be balanced with developing physical skills such as papercraft, woodwork, clay modelling, technical drawing and soldering. If children don't develop these skills as they grow up then physical making projects can become frustrating rather than fun. The Maker Community uses the term 'making' as a broad term to include all sorts of artisan skills or craft activities. Being able to make things can lead to life-long hobbies or even careers. It's a great feeling to be able to take a project from an idea in your head to a real object that does something. We're particularly interested to explore products that combine maker skills with tech skills such as electronics but others focus purely on the physical making skills that are still important to modern making.

Kids eBooks Subscription Services

I've been looking for a good kids eBook subscription service. Both of my kids enjoy reading but they love variety, they always want something new to read. We find eBooks very convenient but they get expensive when kids want something new to read each day. So I'm considering getting them a subscription service so they can get access to lots of books for a fixed fee.

There are quite a few kids eBooks apps and services popping up so we're going to trial a few and see which is the best fit before picking one. In this article I'll give an overview of the services I'm considering. Then we'll trial the ones on our short list and I'll write reviews of those.


First I should mention that our local library supports Overdrive and does have some kids titles. But these are generally longer chapter books for older kids. This is brilliant for the books that I read to the children at bedtime, but not for the books they want to read themselves.

My boys are nearly 5 and 6.5 and are both good readers for their ages. They are very particular about what they want to read so I'll be looking for a good range of the kind of books they enjoy. They both tend to favor non-fiction titles and fantasy and adventure stories.

OK. Let's take a look at what's available, in no particular order at this time.

  1. Reading Rainbow follows on from the popular TV show with LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow app is free to download for iPad or Android and you get one free eBook to try it out. Then there's a subscription service. Inside the app you can move between themed islands including a National Geographic themed island. There are lots of books about nature and famous people as well as traditional story books. The books are full color with pictures and kids can choose to read for themselves or have the books read to them. You also get video clips featuring LeVar Burton as an added extra (and treat for Trekkie parents.)
    Age: 3-9
  2. Speekaboos is a subscription website which also has an iPad app, with an Android app to follow. It's aimed at a younger crowd with interactive fairy tales, folk stories and fables as well as nursery rhymes and songs. Speekaboos uses videos with the pictures and text of the books shown as it is read, sometimes by a celebrity. There's also supporting educational content including worksheets and games. You can try out 10 titles for free.
    Age: 2-6
  3. We Give Books (free) WeGiveBooks is an awesome website that we have been using for a while. It has a selection of free eBooks that kids can read and even better, reading them supports children's literacy charities. There are some excellent books here for reading to younger children and for older children to read for themselves. The website requires Flash so you may be able to use it on an Android tablet.
    Age: Up to 10
  4. Disney Digital Books is a subscription website and app with over 600 Disney themed titles over 5 reading levels. The titles are interactive with audio and a dictionary. There's also a story builder feature and a points system. An interesting options for Disney fans.
    Age: Pre-readers through to Junior Novels
  5. BookBoard is an iPad app that offers over 300 kids eBooks over various reading levels. Kids unlock new books to read as they progress. BookBoard keeps track of their progress. BookBoard has audio so kids can have books read to them. There is a free trial.
    Age: Picture Books - 12
  6. Amazon FreeTime Unlimited is a subscription service for the Kindle Fire that includes kids' eBooks, videos and apps. Here's a list of the Kindle FreeTime Unlimited Content which includes a lot of popular eBooks. There's no learn to read framework around the content.
    Age 3-8
  7. StarWalk Kids Media eLibrary offers a subscription to digital books accessible via website or iPad app. The books can be read to the child or they can read. There's a free test drive of an eBook available. StarWalk has a particular focus on non-fiction titles. There's an educational focus with a search that uses genre and lexile level to find the right books.
    Age: 0-14
I'll come back and add to this list if we end up finding and considering other eBook services.
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