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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.

Parent Guide to a Pain Free Kids Tech Christmas or Birthday

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When tech toys work they can be fantastic, but there are a few pitfalls to avoid to make sure that you've done everything necessary to make sure the gift can be enjoyed immediately.

  1. Batteries!

    This is the classic one isn't it? Make sure you check the battery requirements of all gifts before you wrap them. You might consider putting the batteries in and then wrapping them or wrapping them along with the gift so they are there when you need them. 

    If you use rechargeable batteries make sure you have enough batteries for new purchases and that they are ready to go.

  2. Does it Need Charging First?

    It's really annoying to open up a new tech gift and find that it needs to be charged for several hours before the first use. It's definitely worth doing this first.

    Some gadgets don't come with standard charging cables because people have them already. Check and make sure you have one to hand. 

  3. Does the App Run on Your Android or iOS Device?

    Tech toys like Sphero, OzoBot Bit, Dash & Dot and Meccanoid have companion apps that are integral to their use. Tech toys often have multiple apps so it's worth checking them out in advance to see which one you'll want to get started.

    Lots of complaints about kids technology are to do with incompatibility with tablets. New toys may only support more recent iPads and Android support can be patchy and only support specific devices.
    Do check that the app for the toy or gadget that you have bought will run on one of the devices that you have. 
  4. Download Apps

    For younger children it's a good idea to install the app first (do this on Christmas Eve or the night before a birthday so you don't spoil the surprise.) Some apps will force an OS upgrade, you don't want to be doing that on Christmas morning! Don't do this in advance if your children if your children know how to see purchased apps. 
  5. Create Accounts

    Some connected toys require you to create an account or have additional features if you do. It's worth doing this ahead of time as you'll be able to get up and running faster on the day. Also servers can get overloaded during the holidays so it's good to know you've got this sorted in advance.
  6. PC Drivers and Software?

    If you have bought a tech toy like LEGO Mindstorms or an mBot Robot that has PC Software then you might want to get software downloaded and installed in advance.
  7. Put Screen Protectors and Cases On

    Kids will want to use their new tablet straight away. Make sure you apply the screen protector first. This is not always easy! Likewise for cases. You want the tablet to be ready to go when the child unwraps it. You don't want to be telling them that they can't touch it until Dad remembers where he put the screen put the screen protector and Mum manages to get the tablet into the fiddly case!
  8. Storage Cases and Boxes



    Have you through about where you are are going to keep all the bits that come with the gadget so that they don't get lost? Some devices have their own custom storage cases. If this is a toy that has add ons that can be bought later then remember to choose storage that will cope with additions.
  9. Gift Cards for Additional Content

    If the gadget is a tablet, children's learning tablet, media player or games console that supports downloadable content then see if you can get a gift card in advance. There are often discounts on gift cards that will save you money versus paying the full price on the day when you realize that a particular app or download will really make the gift.
  10. Online Tutorials and Videos

    Toys that require complex construction or setup often have online video tutorials or instructions. If you're not at home, make sure you'll have Wifi access or you download things in advance. 
  11. We hope all your tech works well on the big day.
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