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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.

XBox One Games for Kids and Family

What games will we be getting for the XBox One that are suitable for kids and family? Lots of the headline titles are not suitable for children, but some child-friendly titles have been announced. I've rounded up a few of the games that are likely to be suitable for younger players and families.

Note that the ESRB ratings are still pending for most of these titles so I've had to go on what I expect from these titles at this point based on announced game content and previous titles in a series.

(I'll be adding new titles to this post.)

  1. Skylanders Swap Force is the lastest update to the massively popular Skylanders franchise. Swap Force will be available for XBox One. Previous Skylanders games have had an ESRB rating of Everyone 10+ and are popular with boys in particular.
  2. Kinect Sports: Rivals Kinect Sports: Rivals  @Amazon

    This is the sports game title to show off the features of the new XBox One updated Kinect sensor. In-game versions of players get to try out sports including climbing, soccer and bowling.  

    This looks like a good family-friendly game that gets everyone competing, and also gets parents and kids up off the sofa. Great when you have visitors and want something fun for everyone to join in with.
    It's likely to get a rating of Everyone or Everyone 10+.
  3. Minecraft for XBox One has been announced. Minecraft is a world-building game that's very popular with tween and teen boys particularly. The XBox 360 version is already out and has a 10+ rating.

    For XBox One there will be bigger worlds due to the improved hardware on the new machine.
  4. Zoo Tycoon Zoo Tycoon  @Amazon

    A Zoo building game for the XBox One. Previous games in the franchise have had a rating of Everyone (or Everyone 10+ for some) so we expect this title to be child-friendly.

    This is a kids title where the updated graphics for the XBox One should really make a difference.

    Amazon lists a release date in 2014 so we might have to wait a while for this one.
  5. Just Dance 2014 Just Dance 2014 @Amazon

    The upcoming installment of the Just Dance series is coming out for XBox One. This is a dance game featuring popular songs like PSY Gentlemen and One Direction Kiss You.

    On XBox One there will be support for up to 6 dancers and at time with some songs having different moves for each of the 6 dancers.

    A good one for when kids, especially girls, have friends round to visit, or to tire them out before a sleepover.
  6. Another title that's worth a mention is Project Spark. This is a new title so we don't yet have an age rating. It's a world and game building title that uses voice and Smart Glass controls.

    You can add intelligence to objects in the game by assigning commands to their 'brains'. This looks like an very interesting step into game creation and programming. I do hope the title is suitable for kids. 
  7. Fantasia is a new dance title which is more freeform than the choreography titles we're used to.

    You'll still have cues to meet and need to move in time for the music but the game claims to be more creative and less prescriptive that previous dance titles. It reminds me of modern dance interpretations of music.  
  8. Kingdom Hearts III Kingdom Hearts III @Amazon

    A new addition to the popular Kingdom Hearts franchise which mixes Japanese style graphics, adventure gaming and well known Disney characters.

    It sounds like it shouldn't work, but the previous games did very well. The previous editions had ratings of Everyone and Everyone 10+ so this should be another title that's suitable for children.


Note that we're still waiting for news on Disney Infinity for XBox One. Disney Infinity is one of the big children's video game launches for 2013 so we're hoping to see it.
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