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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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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.

Cute Accessories for Your Kid's Tablet

tabzoo tablet accessories headphones

I first came across Tabzoo Tablet Accessories at an event I attended with my kids. They were immediately attracted by the cute and fun animal character tablet covers. I noticed they had headphones specifically designed for kids, and since a frustrating trip to South Africa with the kids without proper headphones, I was keen to take a closer look. Tabzoo kindly sent us some samples, and the kids have taken them through their paces.


Tabzoo makes covers for mobiles and tablets, including a tablet backpack which doubles up as an in-car entertainment holder. The headphones come in matching design. Teeth seem to be the common denominator for Tabzoo, as the clever design of the covers, makes it look like the teeth are holding the device in place. My kids loved this feature. We took a closer look at three accessories from TabZoo:

  • TabZoo Universal App Folio Case with Built-in Stand for 10-11 inch Tablets - Monkey
  • TabZoo Headphones with Sound Limiting Technology - Tiger
  • TabZoo Traveller Universal Fit 3-in-1 Protective Tablet Case, Backpack and Car Seat Cinema - Tiger
Unfortunately not all their products are available in the USA.

tabzoo headphones backpack
We had to dash off to parent's evening and I popped the tablet in the TabZoo Traveller to keep my youngest occupied whilst I speak to the teachers.  He proudly carried the tablet, safely stored inside the backpack. The bright orange tiger design suited him, and teachers commented on how cute it was. When he sat down and flipped over the cover, he was able to play on the tablet without removing it from the backpack.  We attached the matching tiger  TabZoo headphones so he could hear the sounds without disturbing our meeting. The backpack has an easy access slit for the headphones, however due to us having an older iPad 2 tablet we had to attach the headphones before slipping the tablet into the backpack.  I wish the backpack had a little pocket / strap to attach the headphones to.  There is another compartment behind the space for the tablet, to slip in a book or two. I used it for the headphones, but it did make carrying it on your back a little more uncomfortable.

The headphones are brilliant.  They are fun and NOT pink or blue, like so many other kiddie headphones currently on the market. The ear pads have soft-to-touch fabric and the headband is adjustable. I love the fact they can fold up smaller.  Unfortunately they come without a carry pouch / bag, which I think would be really useful, as I would want to slip them into my handbag or backpack on a day out with the kids.  I wish I had these headphones when we flew to South Africa last Christmas, it would have saved us a lot of tears.  The sound limiting technology seemed to work, as the kids couldn't head me calling them, whilst they were using the headphones!

I would highly recommend the TabZoo Traveller Backpack and Headphones for travelling with kids. Pop a few special things, like colouring-in books, stickers and a picture book, in the back compartment and voila you are ready for a stress free journey by airplane, train or car. The backpack actually comes with an additional strap which allows you to attach to the car headrest to allow for in-car entertainment.

"They are so cute and soft. I love it!" 7 yrs old

The TabZoo App Folio Cover had the most cute factor, especially with the adorable MyPal App, which brings the case to life with moving eyes that respond to touch. However I felt the iPad didn't fit securely enough in the case (that said ours hasn't fallen out despite heavy use by the kids). I just know kids are a bit rough with tablets and so having a cover that is robust and fits securely is really important.  I do like how the tablet can stand in this case, using the teeth to position it upright for watching a film.  The novelty of the MyPal App soon wore off and I think it only gets put on to show off to a friend or family member. (MyPal app is available in the Apple & Andriod Appstores as a free download)





Source: Lazerbuilt, Tabzoo
The samples were provided by Lazerbuilt, TabZoo.  All opinions are our own.
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