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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.

Gifts for Tech Mums


Need a gift for a techie Mum? Whether it's Mother's Day, her birthday, Christmas, or just because, we've got some ideas that techie Mums will enjoy.

We're not keen on stereotypes here at Tech Age Kids, everyone is different. But we wanted to make sure there were some ideas out there that would appeal to a lot of women who love technology. OK, it's a bunch of stuff that I think is really cool and I either have already or have something similar, but this is what I would choose today.

Silhouette Cameo 2

I have a Silhouette Cameo craft cutter and it's awesome. It's a great piece of technology for people who want to make stuff using their tech skills. I create files for my Cameo using Inkscape and use free software that can send SVG files to the cutter. Being able to use the cutter from Linux is a big plus for me.

The design tool for the Silhoutte Cameo is also very good and I do use it sometimes from a Windows machine. But I like to be able to use Inkscape which I'm already familiar with. I've used my Cameo to make lots of parts for kids crafts and birthday parties. Really useful and fun.

Philips Hue

We've got tons of home automation kit in our house, ours is over ten years old, but if you're just getting started now then the Philips Hue range is fun. It's great to be able to set lights to a colour of your choosing and have them go on and off at programmed times.

You can program the Philips Hue lights from an app or integrate them with home automation software. There's even a Philips Hue developer API available if you want to do custom integration. You could even change the colour of the lights to indicate the weather or the status of your task list!

Adafruit Flora Starter Kit


Wearables are very in at the moment. The Adafruit Flora is a great platform for getting started. It's worth getting some extra add-on components plus conductive thread and batteries to make a complete gift.

If you're not sure what to choose then just add a gift card so that she can get the extra bits once she has decided which projects she wants to make.


SimBrix

Did she play 8-bit computer games when she was growing up? If so she'll love a big bag of SimBrix. These are fab for creating pixel art and we've found that the whole family like to join in. 

There's no need to iron SimBrix, they just stay together until you want to take them apart and use them again.

We've previously reviewed Simbrix and we've taken them along to events where they are popular with all ages.



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