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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 New Year's Resolutions for Families


It's the beginning of January and people are making or at this stage already breaking New Year's Resolution. I like the idea of making resolutions at the beginning of the year, a fresh start. But over the years I have learned it is more than a single decision at the beginning of January.

In fact in a home with children it is inconceivable to make a New Year resolution once for the whole year.  Perhaps 2016 is a series of resolutions to have an intentional approach with our kids and their tech.  I am really excited about what I see around me in the digital world and I resolve this year to expose my kids to it.



Every household will be different, depending on parent's background, interests and skills.  However making a decision to explore tech together as a family, and not using using it as a nanny service, has the potential to inspire kids to become the makers and creators of tomorrow's tech.

Tech is here to stay

It is safe to say, technology is here to stay. Tech is part of our every day lives, from school to home, work and even our playtime.

When I met Tracy and started working together on Tech Age Kids, I realised just how creative tech can be. Now I'm learning to make with electronics and create with tech and robotics.

The digital age is jam-packed with opportunities to be creative and learn new skills. My kids are growing up in this tech age, and instead of paining for days gone by, I've decided to embrace it and inspire them to explore and invent with tech.

We don't worry so much about quantity of "screen-time" but rather the quality of their interaction with screens and technology. Kids can use screens to control robots, learn to code, design games and invent products.  You simply can't do all of that with 30 min "screen-time" a day.


Find resources and a friend who knows

You may ask, but where do I start. Like me, you may not come from a techie background. It can be really hard to know where to start, if you don't know and that is what Tech Age Kids is all about.  We help parents, grandparents and carers, find opportunities to explore tech with kids.

I'm really lucky to work closely with Tracy and her family, they are a true tech maker family. It's awesome visiting their house, with it's 3D printers, robots and gadgets and gizmos. It could be you know another family or friends who tinkers with tech. Arrange a play date and learn together.


Don't fear something new

I was really inspired by an old TED talk of Matt Cutts, a technologist, - Try something new for 30 days.  Fear and the unknown stops us from trying something new. Perhaps resolve to explore a different part of technology each month this year.

Play a game on the tablet together, make a project in Scratch, learn how circuits work, build your first robot.  The possibilities are endless.

Kids are natural inventors and when we, as parents take an interest, opportunities can open for new skills and learning.

This week I have stepped out of my own comfort zone and together with my son's school, started a Code Club.  We learn Scratch, and try out cool tech. I took my Makey Makey to the session and it was truly rewarding to see the kids eyes light up when they are exposed to new possibilities. (Come back soon for our review on Makey Makey)


Make together

In our busy lives, it can be so easy to forget to spend quality time together. Kids love it, when parents engage with them, play games and make things. I try and create time, where we would work on a project together as a family.

I remember growing up my parents encouraged us to make things. We made toys out of wood with my dad, and I sewed my own clothes with my mom. I love crafting and since my kids were small did various craft and making activities together.

Make 2016 the year you turn the kitchen table into a tinker lab and make stuff.


I hope you are inspired. We'd love to hear what you plan with your family and tech in 2016.


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