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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.

Big Day In Event with Minecraft and Meltdowns

It's always great fun to support our local community and inspire kids to get creative with technology. We volunteered at the Big Day In event with Aspergers Adventures - Minecraft and Meltdowns - a support group for families navigating Asperger and Autism.


The range of activities were well thought through, with something to suite everyone. From quiet chill out spaces to busy building activities, giant board games and creative tech workshops. Families enjoyed a relaxed environment for children to meet friends and play on their terms.

Tech Age Kids ran two workshops, a pixel art, "Come Play with Simbrix" and Minecraft acvtivities with Bee-Bots and Beemat voice recorders. (We'll write about these activities soon.)

Simbrix



Simbrix make a brilliant "calm afternoon" activity which build fine motor skills, creativity and concentration.

Some kids sat at the Simbrix activity table for well over an hour.

Read our Simbrix review | Find Simbrix Inspiration

Simbrix is available on Amazon USA | UK.



Bee-Bot Voice Recorders


BeeMat Voice Recorders are simple devices that work with the old-style Bee-Bots. At the event we set them up to work with the Bee-Bots as a Minecraft themed animal hunt and a simple voice recording activity to craft some Minecraft recipes. (write-up coming soon)

The devices are perfect for events, schools and libraries, as they require little set-up, work well with cheap batteries and don't require WiFi, mains power or a computer to work. Some kids at Big Day In, returned several times to the Bee-Bot activity, manuevouring robots around the grid.

Also read Show & Tell Voice Recorder Activity

If you are local and would like to come to our next event, check out our events page. You can also subscribe to stay in touch.

We'd like to say a big thank you to Aspergers Adventures for having us at their Big Day In event!



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