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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.

Best Tablets for Kids Summer 2013 Edition

If you're think of buying your child a tablet to keep them busy over the summer vacation this guide should help you to pick the right one. We'll go through the best options for learning tablets and Android based tablets that you can buy now.

Summer is an awkward time to be buying a tablet. For most brands the new models will be coming out in the fall and you will be choosing options that have been on the market for almost a year. (This isn't the case for all the tablets, there are some that are new for 2013.)

But if your child would make good use of a tablet over the summer for entertainment and education purposes then waiting for the new models isn't convenient. One option to consider is buying a used tablet, Amazon usually has a choice of pre-played with tablets to choose from. You can also consider selling the tablet when the new models come out and upgrading.

Image: The tablets my kids use regularly. Excuse the fingerprints.

We'll start with learning tablets for a younger age group and work our way up.

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Disney Princess Bundle LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Disney Princess Bundle @Amazon

The LeapPad 2 is is a learning tablet for kids aged around 4-8. It's a good choice to prepare kids for school or help them learn to read and develop other key skills.

My younger son has the green one and uses it regularly - he's nearly 5. It's very well designed with a good choice of fun and educational titles. It works with cartridges or downloads which you transfer from a computer using the provided cable.

There's a new LeapPad Ultra model coming out in the fall which adds Wifi syncing and other capabilities. If you think you'd like to wait for that model then consider the new LeapReader pen which has just come out.


VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet- Blue VTech InnoTab 2S Wi-Fi Learning App Tablet @Amazon

The InnoTab 2S is an updated model that came out in late 2012 and adds Wifi sync capability so you don't need to connect to a computer to download new content. 


My older son has the non Wifi version of this tablet and likes it a lot. It has a swivel camera, note taking and calendar apps and you can play your own videos (if you get them into the right format.)

We're likely to get an updated InnoTab for 2013, but we don't have details yet.

At time of writing this tablet is very good value on Amazon.



Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB - Includes Special Offers Kindle Fire HD 7", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB @Amazon

The Kindle Fire isn't specifically a kids tablet, but it does have lots of features and content for kids. It has pretty good parental controls (much better than when it first came out) and it's easy to use. We have the 7" HD version. There is a cheaper non-HD version, but the HD one has a higher spec and is a bit more future-proof.

There's the Kindle Fire Freetime Unlimited subscription service which gets you access to lots of kid friendly apps, videos and books which can save money and time trying to find suitable content. The Amazon free app of the day is often kid-friendly, we've built up a good library of apps this way. 


Amazon have got into a routine of releasing new tablet models in time for the holidays. The current range of Kindle Fires are plenty good enough for kids so your main risk in buying early is that the price of the older models will drop. But if your child will use the tablet a lot over the summer and fall then it may still make sense to buy now.


7" Matricom .TAB Nero Tablet PC - Android 4 Capacitive Multi-Touch 4GB (Red) 7" Matricom .TAB Nero Tablet PC - Android 4 Capacitive Multi-Touch 4GB (Red) @Amazon

A cheap Android tablet under $100? This is probably obvious, but if you go for a cheaper option then set your expectations accordingly.

Having said that, the Matricom .TAB Nero offers good value for money in this category, if you really need an inexpensive option. It comes in a choice of colors too.

Just make sure you consider parental controls and consider installing an Android parental controls app.

This is a new budget tablet which came out earlier in 2013.






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