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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.

Our Tech Family Christmas Gifts


Inspired by Elbrie's Construction Christmas gifts post, here's our top 5 family tech gifts from this year. We've had lots of fun with tech toys and gadgets over the last week.

Our selections aren't in order - they will appeal to different members of the family. I wish I'd paid more attention to the post I wrote on preparing for a pain free tech Christmas - we still didn't have enough batteries! Thank goodness the Parrot rolling spider and Sphero Ollie are rechargeable.

  1. WowWee R.E.V Cars - These were an impulse buy as they were on offer and turned out to be a big hit with my 9 year old (and me!) The cars are controlled from a tablet or phone.

    You can either play in two player battle mode or have one of the cars AI controlled and battle against increasingly difficult enemies. The AI mode was surprisingly engaging and my 9 year old spent a lot of time with this on Christmas day. I also really enjoyed it - the physical cars made the gameplay really exciting.

    We'd love to see a feature where kids can program their own AIs and battle them.
  2. My 9 year old wanted a mini quadcopter. These are not usually recommended for children under 14 but the Parrot Minidrone Rolling Spider is supported by the Tickle and Tynker kids coding apps which suggest it's okay for supervised use with younger children.

    This is a fun activity for my son to share with his Dad so after much research we went ahead. The verdict is: very cool! They have also 3D printed some propeller protectors for extra protection. 
  3. My 7 year old is completely taken with his Sphero Ollie. He specifically requested this and loves its cool factor. He's keen to show off the tricks that Ollie can do and wants to get a ramp accessory.

    We like that Ollie can also be programmed with Tickle and Tynker so as well as being a neat toy he'll be able to program it too.
  4. My 7 year old also asked for a sticker making machine. Once I realized these existing I wanted one too!

    We got a proper Xyron Create a Sticker Max craft machine that we can use together rather than a toy.

    We had fun turning Christmas gift wrapping paper into stickers and decorating a notebook.

    I can see that this gadget will come out regularly in our making. And unlike everything else on this list it doesn't need batteries or charging.
  5. I got a Mocoro Mop Ball which is a daft and slightly useful household robot.

    It rolls around picking up dust in its microfibre jacket and makes cute noises.

    It's not the best cleaning device ever but it does pick up dust and is definitely entertaining and surprisingly cute. And it's not difficult to persuade the boys use it.

    (Ruby also thinks it's a great dog toy!)

We'll be reviewing these toys and gadgets in more detail in future posts and covering lots more cool kids and family tech this year so don't forget to sign up to our weekly mailing list.


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