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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.

4 Awesome Kid Tech Products that Graduated from Crowdfunding


Some fantastic kid tech has come out of crowdfunding campaigns over the last few years. We love to share crowdfunding campaigns and we back lots of them too. Some of the campaigns don't raise enough funding to get the product made while for others a successful crowdfunding campaign launches a new product.


We can't back every cool kid-tech crowdfunding campaign out there, but we do back quite a lot. It's great fun to follow a campaign as a family and very rewarding when the project is successful. (Of course, success isn't guaranteed, check out our guide to backing kid-tech crowdfunding projects.)

These are a few of our favourites that we did back. The campaigns are over, but these products are now available to buy so you don't have to miss out.

  1. MaKey MaKey was the first kid-tech crowdfunding project that I backed. My nine year old son has just taken it in to school this morning as part of the tortoise-shell lyre he has made for a project on sound (more on that later.) MaKey MaKey is a fab device for families who want to get into making and coding.

    Read about why we still love MaKey MaKey.
  2. MakeBlock's mBot robot is a fantastic Scratch/Arduino programmable robot that is easy to get started with and makes a great base for kids' custom robot projects.

    We recommend mBot as a great robot for kids who know Scratch (or want to learn) and want a robot that they can customise.

    Read our original review of mBot and our comparison with the latest v1.1. mBot.
  3. The CodeBug is a great little device for introducing kids to microcontrollers. It has an LED matrix, physical buttons and input and output pins that can be used to build projects that use electronics components such as switches and buzzers. There's a battery holder built in so projects are portable.

    Buy a CodeBug UK | US. Look out for the cute protective cases and accessories too. (We'll be writing up some CodeBug projects soon so subscribe if you want to find out what we've made.)
  4. We're loving SimBrix. They are small blocks that interlock to make pixel art. I backed the Kickstarter expecting that they wouldn't really stay together, but hopeful that they would. They actually work really well and have replaced the frustration of fuse/ironing beads in our house.

    Check out our SimBrix review for more details. 




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