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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.

Mover Kit: Active Wearable by Technology Will Save Us


We love Technology Will Save Us' mission to get people excited about tech in a creative way. Their kits are fab. They launched a brand new kit today on Kickstarter - The Mover Kit - an active wearable for kids to code and make.

No it's not another smartwatch, fitness tracker or about data in the cloud - it's a wearable to get kids moving, and learn to code and make their own creations.



Technology Will Save Us is a British company (we love that), helping kids and their parents "learn by doing". All their kits have an element of "build this yourself" and "learn about stuff" for families. Like Tech Age Kids, they believe the digital age is here to stay and we need to get creative with technology. As parents we are shaping a generation of future inventors the world has not seen before. What a privilege.

“While kids are avid consumers of technology, they can find creating and making with it complex and scary. Kids who might want to get involved in making with digital technologies are getting left behind,” continues Bethany Koby. “Mover Kit is about educating kids through play and also addressing the ever-present problem of our gender gap.”


Make It, Shake It, Invent It


The Mover Kit comes "flat-packed" with everything you need to build it in about 15 min.

The straight-out-of-the-box experience makes the Mover kit accessible to more families who want to experiment with tech. However the kit provides an open-ended experience, to allow kids to stretch their creative limits. We love that Mover encourages active physical play. Mover isn't just about coding or electronics but includes design, making and creative and exploratory play.

The Make platform, and design of the Mover, helps create a platform for invention. Use it in a craft project, attach it to your scooter or bike, make a new game and play in outside with friends, or just wear it for awesome factor!

Make Platform - Code your Device


The Make platform, developed by Technology Will Save Us, is a graphical interface, much like Scratch, to make programming accessible and fun. The platform teaches kids how to code with sensors - there are three on board the Mover. They hope to create a community of inventors to share their games, costumes and creations with others.

Power, Tech and Age Range


It's always good to know how your tech will be powered. It's annoying when you have to charge more than play. Mover Kit looks promising - it comes with a rechargeable battery and standard micro USB charging cable. Out of the box you'll be able to play for 2 hours, but fully charged they say the battery will last up to 5 hours. That's good enough for kids to enjoy active play outdoors with the device.

The tech in Mover Kit, makes it an interesting device to experiment with. There are 8 LEDs (Rainbow lights), an accelerometer (motion sensor), and a magnetometer (compass) all affixed to a printed circuit board (the Mover board). The kit also has a USB connector for charging and programming and the rechargeable battery. The snap band bracelet and lanyard makes Mover wearable!

The Mover Kit is aimed at 8 year and up, but we think in a family setting, were parents and kids are working together, the Mover Kit will be accessible to younger kids too. I can imagine the Mover wearable would quickly shelf my 5 year old's smartwatch on fun factor, usability and longevity.


Price and Shipping


The Kickstarter campaign, which runs until beginning of June, will allow early bird backers to get their hands on Mover at $45 which includes access to the Make Platform.

Technology Will Save Us, have confirmed they'll ship from the UK, with free worldwide shipping. Yeah!


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