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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.

10 Kids' Tech Trends for 2014

Where is technology for kids heading in 2014? We've had a preview of some of the children's technology that we'll be seeing this year at the CES industry conference. Last year we saw lots of kids getting tablets and tech-toys dominating the hot toys for the holidays. What does 2014 have in store for families and children?

  1. Bigger tablets replacing laptops and personal TVs in kids' bedrooms. We've mentioned the upcoming Nabi DreamTab 12" children's tablet. Larger tablets make a lot of sense. We've been using an early 13" tablet and can see the potential. With the right spec and apps a bigger tablet can be used for homework and watching movies. There's no need for kids to have a separate laptop or netbook (though an add-on physical keyboard can be helpful.) And do you really need to buy an additional TV for their bedroom when a big tablet will do the trick?
  2. Voice recognition and Gesture Control. We've started to see voice recognition and gesture control appearing in technology for kids and there will be more of it this year as the technology improves. These new ways of interacting with tech will become natural to kids just as the touch interface has. My boys are very much looking forward to getting their SuperToy talking teddy bear. And the new WowWee MiP robot will use gesture control.
  3. Health Monitoring. We'll be seeing a lot more health-monitoring gadgets for infants and babies this year. In 2014 we'll be seeing more devices that have multiple functions so that you don't need several difference gadgets and apps to get the full picture. It's a common joke that babies should come with a manual! We'll at least we'll have a better chance of reading the signals. Fitness tracking gadgets were popular with adults last year and I think we'll see more focus of children this year. 
  4. Phones for Kids.  Kid-specific tablets have been a big success. We'll see more kid-specific phones this year. This will include kid versions of phones like the Kurio Kids phone which have parental control, and also wearable limited-feature phones like the Filip which offer safety features and limited communication with specified carers.
  5. Home automation and Life Management. Home automation is becoming increasingly mainstream and naturally this will extend to families. You'll be able to monitor the temperature of a babies bedroom and have lights come on to wake them up gently. The Mother gadget uses cookies that can monitor kids tooth brushing.
  6. Coding and Robotics. The trend for kids to learn to code will continue. One of the most effective ways of motivating kids is allowing them to control a physical system like a robot. LEGO Mindstorms EV3 is now available. I'd love to see mainstream electronic toys allowing programming rather than just control from apps.
  7. Social Media and Online Safety. We've seen high-profile occurrences of cyber-bullying and other online safety concerns. I think we'll see some progress in this area this year, but not enough. Service providers need to do more to make sure that children only have access to age-appropriate services and that age-appropriate services are provided.
  8. Parental Controls and Kid-Specific Media. We'll see more services like Netflix for Kids and Kindle Freetime Unlimited that focus on offering age-appropriate media to children. I'd like to be able to limit kids to being able to search only kid-friendly material from online retailers for example. And we really need a proper YouTube for kids rather than just restricting it to over 13s. Again I think we'll see some progress here, but not enough. 
  9. Tablet/Phone Accessories and App Toys. Lots of kids now have a tablet. Accessories and toys that make use of the tablet will continue to be popular. I think we'll see more musical instruments and educational add-ons that make use of a tablet. And we'll see more digital / physical toys like Skylanders and Angry Birds Telepods. We'll see toys that reinstate traditional play patterns, but with added tech, and toys that specifically encourage physical activity.
  10. Tech Skills at School. We've seen tablets and IT education making their way into schools so that tech resources are used in education and kids are able to use IT. Next, we need to make sure kids are getting an education that will help them develop the tech of the future and be effective in a world where technology is everywhere. Initiatives like the Hour of Code are good at raising awareness and the Raspberry Pi has gained attention. This year there should be more focus on getting these skills into the syllabus. For example a new Computing curriculum will be taught to primary school children in the UK.
As for adults, some of these trends tie in with the themes of wearable computing and the internet of things (where many small devices become connected.) As well as the physical and digital technology development we need to be thinking about safety and privacy concerns that are different for children.

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