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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.

Kids Electronics and Technology Advent Calendars for 2015

technology electronics advent calendars 2015

My kids, like I'm sure many others, really enjoy having an Advent Calendar to count down the days starting from the 1st of December until Christmas. Over the years we've had all sorts, from the super easy supermarket chocolate calendars, to a homecrafed calendar, with 24 hand-embroided numbers on teeny tiny Christmas stockings made by me. This year we've looked around for some quirky and cool Tech Age advent calendars. So if you want something a little techie, and not end up buying a chocolate calendar from the local supermarket on the 30th of November, take a look at our picks for Tech Age advent calendars and get organised early.


3D Printed Advent Calendar


Advent Calendar by pleppik
This is probably the most geeky calendar we've found. If you have a 3D printer at home, then this one is for you. The Christmas Advent is completely 3D printed, with design files for every day leading up to Christmas. You 3D print and build the calendar and each puzzle piece includes a sweet ornament which fits into the puzzle.

The files are available for free on Thingiverse, thanks to pleppik. The kids will definitely enjoy seeing the advent calendar come to life right in front of their eyes. What's more, you could use it again next year, but this time hide the ornaments for every day, to be added to the tree.



Paper Craft Advent Calendar


Little Robot by Next To Nicx
This super cute Little Robot Advent by Next To Nicx is perfect for a maker family. Lovingly crafted, you can purchase the download for just $1, print at home and make with the kids.

Fill the little boxes with chocolates and string it up somewhere as a Tech Age Christmas decoration. You'll need 12 sheets of 220gsm card, a craft knife and double sided tape to make this project.

We recommend this advent calendars for families looking to do a papercraft activity together in preparation for Christmas.

DIY OiDroids Advent Calendar


I discovered the Oidriods, cute papercraft robot characters, for my son's recent Robot birthday party.  They come in packs of 12, so with 2 packs you can make your own DIY OiDroid Advent Calendar.

Place one OiDriod pop-out sheet in an envelope, number the envelopes one to twenty-four and either string them up or hide them around the house for the kids to find. By Christmas you'll have 24 out of the 96 OiDroids available in the collection. These pre-cut and creased robots are great, require no cutting or sticking and perfect for developing fine motor skills.

The collection also includes some rare and ultra-rare shiny robots, which will add to the suspense every morning leading up to Christmas. My kids love these little robots and a quick making activity before school in December beats a sugar rush any day.



Star Wars Advent Calendar


Off course, Star Wars is going to be BIG with the release of the new film in December (it already is). If you or our kids are Star Wars and Lego fans, you'll love the new Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar.

It's definitely a more expensive Advent Calendar but you will get some pretty awesome Lego minifigures, and vehicles include Jabba's Sail Barge, Sand crawler, Star Destroyer, Millennium Falcon, AT-AT, A-wing Starfighter and a sleigh. It's recommended for 6 - 14 year olds, however my youngest who just turned 5, have been playing with small lego for years and would be perfectly excited about a Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar.



Electronics Advent Calendar for Teens

conrad electronics advent calendar
Conrad Electronics have two great advent calendars for teens - Raspberry Pi Advent Calendar and Internet of Things Advent Calendar.
Both calendars are designed by German company Conrad Electronics and offer exciting day-by-day experiments to learn about Raspberry Pi / Internet of Things. There is no soldering or experience required and we would recommend these calendars for a tween or teen interested in coding.

The Raspberry Pi Calendar uses ScratchGPIO for a variety of surprise projects.

The Internet of Things Calendar is compatiable with Arduino software. You'll be able to explore various aspects of the IoT theme by using simple examples starting from simply switching an LED on or off with a smartphone, the creation of a Web server or long-term monitoring of sensors. Conrad provides a handy information sheet (however the translated English may require some additional deciphering). You don't need to be an expert electronics engineer and although not recommended for younger kids, I'm sure they will have fun learning with a teen sibling / parent opening up this advent calendar.


Toot-Toot Drivers Advent Calendar


And finally we found something for the babies and toddlers. We are big fans of the VTech Toot-Toot range, (product review coming soon) as the offer great opportunity for learning, there is smart technology (SmartPoint) and they have longevity. Perfect for babies and toddlers and still loved by little kids and big kids alike.

The advent calendar offers 24 play pieces including Christmas specific drivers and features. If you already have a Toot-Toot play set, the advent calendar will make a fantastic addon, as the Sleigh will respond to SmartPoint locations with different phrases. VTech Toot Toot playsets are topping the Christmas lists for this year, so you'll definitely be a cool parent with this cute advent calendar.



Have you found another Tech Age advent calendar? Connect with us and tell us about it.



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