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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.

Tech Age Stocking Fillers for Techie & Maker Kids


We've put together some ideas to fill those Christmas stockings for tech-loving kids. Our picks are (mostly) under $20 and include mini robots, items from popular online games, goodies for maker kids and pocket games and products that promote STEM and coding skills.



  1. Cube-Tastic

    Cube-Tastic is puzzle cube, by Pai Technology, which you can scan and solve using augmented reality with the free Cube-Tastic app. Although the cube doesn't look like a traditional Rubik's Cube, it is solved using the same principles.

    Read our review.
  2. OiDroids

    The OiDroids are a favourite at Tech Age Kids, having used them to make a homemade advent calendar and also in as party bag fillers for a robot party. These little cut-out cardboard robot character make a great stocking filler for any kid. They come in a pack of 12 robots and there is at least one rare robot is each pack. MY kids have had hours of fun building and playing with their OiDroids. They are hoping for some more to add to their collection (There are 96 to collect in total).
  3. Minecraft Papercraft


    A small set of Minecraft papercraft will keep kids engaged for hours and can later be expanded with additional sets. Ideal for kids that love Minecraft and need to have a screenless activity.

    Read our review.
  4. LEGO Minifigure Blind Bag


    A LEGO mini figure is a great idea for kids that love LEGO. Blind bags add to the surprise element in a Christmas stocking. There's a lot of different choices, but we've selected the Ninjago set as the characters use cool tech and the Ninjago movie was recently released!
  5. Origami Paper

    Origami is a fantastic maker skill to encourage kids to learn. There's lots of thinking and precise working involved as well as developing spatial awareness. Youtube is filled with instruction videos on how to fold origami from the very simple to super complex designs. Orgami papers is a perfect gift to promote screenless activities that are fun and engaging.
  6. Cross Stitch Kits

    The Alex cross-stitch kits have a plastic canvas, making it much easier for kids to learn the skill. We like cross-stitch because it's like pixel art and it is an easy way to get started with e-textiles. Once you've mastered some simple sewing skills, you can start adding electronics. How techie!
  7. Math Dice Game

    A small game to help support computational and logical thinking skills is a great stocking filler. The Math Dice Game is small, travels easily as it comes with a storage bag. My son loves this game and we play it often.
  8. 3Doodler Start Doodleblock Kits

    If you already have a 3Doodler Start, then an add-on pack would make a great stocking filler. The Doodleblock kits have templates and 2 packs of plastic. There are a number of different themes to choose from. If you don't have a 3Doodler Start 3D pen, then check out our review. They are fantastic for modern maker kids.
  9. Ocean Pets VR

    Ocean Pets is a craft activity injected with AR technology for digitally minded kids. What you end up with is a virtual aquarium with your own homemade fish swimming around in it. The fish are made using air drying clay, which is fantastic to work with. The kit comes with everything you need to make a number of different fish. We used it with 4 boys and they all made a good number of their own little fish. Read our full review of the Ocean Pets kit.
  10. Augmentify

    The Augmentify It Space Cards are physical cards with images on one side and facts on the other. You scan them with the free app to see an AR image. And there's a simple quiz in the app based on the facts on the cards. Currently only availabe in the UK.

    Read our full review.
  11. Lightseekers Trading Card Packs

    Lightseekers is an awesome new mobile and trading card game that launched this year. You can get trading card booster packs to add to your collection and improve your trading card game. You can also use them as power-ups in the mobile game and trade them with friends. If you like Pokemon or similar trading cards, these are a similar thing. Read our full review of the Lightseekers trading card game.
  12. Family-Safe Sugru

    We've been waiting for this product and it's arrived just in time for Christmas - a family-safe mouldable glue. Sugru is great for making things and fixing things and now kids can safely use it too! Read our review of Sugru (not family-safe) and our family-safe Sugru review is coming soon.



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