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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.

Coding Toys for Kids - What's New for 2016?


2016 is the year when coding toys for kids become mainstream. We're starting to see major manufacturers bringing out toys that focus on teaching computer programming skills to children from preschool age through to tweens.

In the past we've seen technology used to develop learning toys that teach children about other topics (such as phonics), but now we're seeing tech being used to teach kids about tech.

In previous years coding toys for kids have tended to come from specialist companies, this year we're seeing offerings from major brands including Fisher Price, WowWee and Thames & Kosmos.

We'll start with products aimed at younger kids and work up through big kids to teenagers. There's something for everyone this year.

Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar




The Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar got lots of attention when it debuted at CES 2016. The Code-a-Pillar is aimed at preschoolers and little kids from age 3 to 6.

The Code-a-Pillar is an electronic toy that moves and plays sounds and is controlled by joining its body parts in a sequence. You also get start and goal marker discs that can be used for challenges.

Code-a-pillar looks set to be a huge success this Christmas.

LeapPad LeapStart Interactive Learning System


LeapPad's new LeapStart interactive learning system has a range of content for preschoolers and children up to age 7. There are two versions of the device aimed at different age groups.

This isn't specifically a coding toy, but it's interesting that LeapPad have included coding as one of the skills that it teaches to little kids. Their STEM Activity Book for the system includes a 'program your own sound machine' activity and is aimed at children from 2-5.
Code-a-pillar looks set to be a huge success this Christmas.


Learning Resources STEM Mouse


Learning Resources have brought out a STEM Robot Mouse and accessories to teach kids to children from age 5+. The robot mouse takes a similar approach to the floor robots that have been used in preschools and primary schools for a long time. 

The mouse has buttons on top which are used to program a sequence of commands to navigate the mouse to a target and around obstacles. The activity set includes a reconfigurable maze board, tunnels, walls and a cheese target. You also get a set of activity cards that give a challenge to build and solve.

littlecodr Board Game


littlecodr is a coding board game for young children aged 4-8. littlecodr was originally crowdfunded on Kickstarter, 2016 is the first Christmas it's available to buy. 

Kids use action to cards to program their parents to perform actions in the real world. Yes really! littlecodr is lots of fun and doesn't involve sitting in the same place for a long time, which some kids (and parents) struggle with.

littlecodr makes a great gift for a family with young children and is a good option for family get-togethers. Little cousins program big cousins?

COJI by WowWee

COJI is a programmable robot and app from WowWee for children aged 6+ (or possibly even younger.)

This robot is programmed using Emojis so it's got a real cool factor to it. 

The robot is used along with a free app that teaches kids programming concepts. 

Coji has sensors to enable interactivity and also has a full colour screen so it can display graphics. 

Coji has the appeal of a fun tech toy while also teaching kids useful skills.

Pre-order Coji: Amazon UK

Coder MiP by WowWee 


WowWee have also announced Coder MiP a programmable version of their popular balancing robot. This is fantastic news. Coder MiP has an accompanying drag and drop programming language which kids can use on a bluetooth connected device. The MiP robots have some great inputs that can be used to trigger programmed behviours. The Coder MiP is also see through so kids can see its electronics. It's fantastic to see products like this that encourage kids to learn about tech rather than just playing with it.


Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer


We first saw the Thames & Kosmos Code Gamer at the London Toy Fair at the beginning of the year and it caught our attention.

The Code Gamer is a buildable games controller that is used with an app to develop games. Kids learn the popular Arduino hardware programming framework and the Code Gamer can also be extended with additional electronics.

The recommended age for Code Gamer is 10+ and it's likely to appeal to tweens and teens who don't already have lots of experience with coding and electronics.


OzoBot Evo


We're big OzoBot fans at Tech Ahe Kids, their little robots allow kids to do lots of cool coding in a small space.

Well OzoBot have a new mini robot for Christmas 2016, the OzoBot Evo. Evo adds connected and social capabilities as well as sound and obstacle detection.

You can control OzoBot Evo from a tablet or phone, and like the older OzoBot Bit, you can program it using drag and drop OzoBlockly or use line following and colour codes.

SmartGurlz Siggy 




SmartGurlz Siggy is a self-balancing gyroscopic vehicle that can be programmed. Siggy comes in three different designs, each with a doll who has a techie backstory.

There's an accompanying SugarCoded app for learning programming.

SmartGurlz Siggy has limited availability on Amazon UK and is also available via the SmartGurlz website. The company is based in Denmark.


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