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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.

Five Read and Make Books for Kids



Kids love stories and my kids love stories which turn into making. We've put together a list of five Read and Make books we like and our kids have enjoyed. The last one, however is yet to be published next month.

It's fantastic we can find books to cultivate both a love for reading AND making. The books in our list will provide kids hours of creative making and imaginative play.

  1. Make It! Robot

  2. Make It! Robots and Make It! Rocket are cute board books for toddlers and little kids. The books centers around a boy, Hugo, whose family are makers or inventors, and he is trying to find his special skill. On each page you can press out a piece of the puzzle, to make your own rocket or robot depending on the book you have. There are also fun tech facts behind each piece which we love here at Tech Age Kids. We have this book at home and my 5 year old loves it. The stories are endearing and encouraging creativity. We would say for younger kids, some adult assistance would be required to make the cardboard models. They seem quite robust and withstand play unlike other paper craft books we've had in the past.

  3. Star Wars Driod Book

  4. Who wouldn't want to become a Star Wars Driod expert after the successful launch of a new Star Wars Movie, The Force Awakens. The Star Wars Driod Book is packed with lots of facts about driod from all over the Star Wars universe. There are press out piece which you can build mini models of the driods like BB8, R2D2 and C3-PO

  5. LEGO Chain Reactions

  6. LEGO Chain Reactions is a fun make and read book which allows you to build simple machines, that create a chain reaction. The book comes with 20 LEGO pieces, instructions and paper ramps, but we recommend it for families who already have LEGO. The best machines are made with a lot more LEGO pieces. Tracy's boys built a contraption, last summer for our puppy, Ruby which ended with a Tennis ball pushed off a table for her to chase. It's create fun and will keep LEGO fan kids entertained for hours. 
    Featured in: Introducing Ruby: Playtime with LEGO Chain Reactions

  7. Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine

  8. Tracy's had this book and making set for a while, but I recently found it in our local discount store for my boys. The Goldie Blox books are very much targeted at girls and for a specific purpose of encouraging them into STEM areas of interest. However my boys loved it. They really didn't mind the pink and girl character, they enjoyed the story and making the machine as we read along. Tracy wrote more about the book when it was first published a few year ago. We would definitely recommend this Make and Read book and also others in the series including The Dunk Tank and The Parade Float.
    Featured in: A Review of Goldie Blox and the Spinning Machine

  9. Make and Move: Robots

  10. The Make and Move Books looks interesting for robot loving kids. It appears you can press out and make 12 moving robots. The book is currently available for pre-order and will be publish in February 2016. Sato Hisao, a talented paper artist and engineer says the books are targeted at 6+. You can also create your own moving robot - and no scissors or glue it required.

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