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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.

Build It Robot with a Young Kid


Recently my youngest was not very well and stayed home with me for a couple days. He also broke his arm and was really feeling sorry for himself. I decided it was time for some cheering up and got out our Build It kit from Early Learning Centre.

He decided he wanted to make the robot and it turned into a very creative and educational session.

Building with Nuts and Bolts



The set uses nuts and bolts to put the pieces together. They are nice and chunky for small hands to handle. We learned if you have a bolt, you need a nut to fix two pieces together. We learned if you turn the nut clockwise it tightens and if you turn is "non-clockwise" (this was my 5 year old's word for anti-clockwise) it loosens the fitting. We also learned you really need two hands to work with nuts and bolts, and so I was commandeered as his second hand. :)

The Build It kit have large plastic pieces in a variety of colours and tools to build it. You can build a variety of models and also get add on kits for it. It's really good for the youngest engineers in the family.

Add a Voice Recorder


In true Tech Age fashion we decided this robot needed a voice. We got out our BeeMat recording device and attached the sensors inside his body with sticky tape. The bucket head was a perfect place to store the recorder. My son had loads of fun recording his voice and playing it back using the magnetic "magic wand" we made.



The voice recorder is from the ElectroMat kit originally made to be used with BeeBots. We're enjoying getting a bit creative with these recorders and using them for other projects.

Also See: Show and Tell at School using a Voice Recorder

Despite my little one, being poorly, we really enjoyed learning about engineering together. This was a really simple activity with huge benefits. Kids truly learn through play, and my son came to grips with a variety of concepts through our play together:

  1. Engineering with nuts and bolts
  2. Clockwise and anti-clockwise direction
  3. Story telling
  4. Design and build skills
  5. Voice recording
At Tech Age Kids, we advocate playing with your kids. The benefits for you and them are very rewarding.





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