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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.

Our Current Favorite Kindle Fire Apps for Kids

The Kindle Fire has been a huge hit in our house. My 6 year old uses it most days and my nearly 5 year old is also starting to ask for turns. (I only get a look in once they have gone to sleep!)

They use a wide variety of apps. I do pay close attention to what they are using. I have parental controls set up so they need permission to download even the free apps.

I'll post now and then about the apps they are currently using regularly. 




Dropwords Dropwords 

Dropwords has been a surprise big hit with the kids. I actually downloaded it for myself because I love word games, but I soon has a couple of keen 'helpers'.

The format is simple. You have to make words by joining up adjacent letters. You get more point for using unusual letters and there are bonus multipliers. There are various settings so I can choose the relaxed setting for the kids so they have plenty of time to find words - this is a great feature for kids.

Both of my kids love this and the nearly five year old is very good at finding 3-letter words. He finds it absolutely hilarious to sound out possible words and end up with nonsense. It's great for getting them to think about spelling and also for discovering new words. The three of us have been playing it together, taking turns and not worrying about the score.

The main downside of DropWords is that it's free and ad-supported. I'd prefer to pay and get rid of the ads. They're not too intrusive, but I'm always wary of inappropriate ads appearing.


Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD Cut the Rope: Time Travel HD

My older son has long been a Cut the Rope fan and he loves history so Cut the Rope Time Travel was an obvious choice and he really likes it.

My younger son has also been inducted in to the joys of feeding Om Nom's. When he gets stuck his big brother is always happy to help. Learning to give just the right amount of help is a useful skill to learn, we're working on it :)



Flow Free Flow Free 

Flow Free is a nicely designed simple to understand game that gets harder as you progress through the levels. It's a great game for developing logical thinking in little kids.

My nearly five year old immediately understood the concept and way able to play it. My six year old is enjoying progressing to harder levels. And my 8 year old nephew wanted to try the hardest challenges.

Note that Flow Free offers lots of game play for free but does have in-app purchase. Make sure you have parental controls configured.


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