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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.

Embrace the Fear of Coding - Part 1


I am not a coder, and I didn't study computer science at university. In fact I studied Interior Design and my creative skills are useful in many areas of my life.

I am also a mum of three boys and chose to be at home with my kids over pursuing a career. Now they are all in school, I find myself with some extra time and started a business in the tech industry.

The tech industry is both creative and technical. The creative part comes naturally for me. Ideation, the design process, spatial awareness, a keen eye for graphical elements - these things are all lovely to do. However, ask me to code something (write a programme for a computer to understand) and I spiral into a mild panic.

Code Club Article


My fear was such that it took me over a year to be brave enough to volunteer to set up a Code Club at my kids' school. I've written a guest post for Code Club sharing my experience. I am learning to code by working through the activity each week before Code Club.

One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do.

If kids can do it, why can't I? The beauty of facing a fear sometimes lies in the fact that what you're afraid of doesn't really warrant the fear. I love this quote by Henry Ford, "One of the greatest discoveries a man makes, one of his great surprises, is to find he can do what he was afraid he couldn't do."

Kids today, have fantastic opportunities to learn to code, through clubs, books, games and online tools. If you're an adult who wants to learn to code, there are also some resources out there, but unless you can practice what you have learnt or have a community to support you, it can be very overwhelming. I have tried some tools aimed at adults, and found them quite dull and uninspiring.

Books for Young Kids


I wondered if I could teach myself to code, using resources that are targeted at kids. They will be fun, whimsical and I could engage my own kids in the process. I am intrigued as to how much technical knowledge I will gain and what gaps there may be in my skills. I'm not aiming to become a hardcore developer, only to be able to contribute meaningful skills that compliment my strengths.

Can I learn to code using kid's resources?

My experiment started with the launch of the school's Code Club and I was forced to learn Scratch, a graphical programming tool for young coders. I haven't even scratched the surface of what can be done with Scratch, but I am starting to get my head around the platform and coding elements. Soon we'll be moving onto html and CSS and a text based language called Python. (Yes, my heart is racing!)




I plan to work my way through coding books for kids, online learning tools and games aimed at teaching kids coding skills. And I will blog about my experiences in plain English here at Tech Age Kids.

Games to Learn Coding

Being a mum at home, can sometimes knock your confidence and learning a new skill can be daunting. The tech and digital media industries certainly provide mothers a fantastic opportunity to return to work, that can fit around your family.

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