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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.

STEM Summer School at Home - Kits with a Curriculum to Follow


Summer can be a great to time for kids to explore a STEM subject in more depth. We've previously written about online summer camps for kids. In this article we look at kits that come with equipment and a curriculum for kids to follow.

We've chosen option that come with plenty of activities for children to work through semi-independently. Obvious some kits will require supervision, but you won't have to come up with ideas on what to do with the kit. So, you should have chance to get some work done, or read a book while they get on with it. (Unless of course you want to learn about robotics or science too!)


Sphero SPRK

Sphero SPRK The Sphero SPRK robot is a fantastic option for the summer. This round robot is great for indoor and outdoor use. The SPRK version is clear so you can see inside. The Sphero SPRK makes this list because of its fantastic educational app which takes kids through a series of lessons that teach coding concepts in a very interactive and hands-on way. The SPRK app can be used at school but it's also great for home use.

Buy: Sphero SPRK (Marbles: The Brain Store have a great deal on Sphero SPRK at time of writing)

See also our guide to programmable robots for kids for more alternatives.

Steve Spangler Science Kits

Summer Science Activites for Kids 

Steve Spangler has a wide range of science kits covering chemistry, physics and technology. You can subscribe to their club to receive a kit packed with equipment and experiments each month. But at the moment they are offering individual STEM in a Box kits to buy to use over the summer. The boxes have titles like Newton's Antics and Slime Time - very colourful and kid-friendly.

Buy: Steve Spangler STEM in a Box kits

littleBits Steam Student Set

Parents

littleBits are modular electronics components that just snap together. They are brilliant for making projects that incorporate electronics. There's a new STEAM Student Set available which as well as having lots of components includes educational materials. There's an invention guide to teach kids the principles and get them going and challenges to encourage creativity. The STEAM Student Set has enough components for siblings or a small group of friends to learn together.

BuySTEAM Student Set

DuinoKit Jr Arduino Learning System

For those ready to get deeper into electronics the DuinoKit Jr is a fantastic place to start. The kit comes with an electronics learning board integrated into a smart metal case. Kids work through a series of missions to build cool inventions. The kit uses the Arduino tools so kids and teens can develop genuinely useful skills. They might need a bit help getting the tools set up at first, but older kids should be able to work pretty independently.

See our review of the DuinoKit Jr

Electroninks Circuit Scribe Kits

Electroninks Circuit Scribe Kit use an electronic ink pen and magnetic components to teach electronics. There's a workbook which is available online so you print extra copies (great for siblings sharing a kit) and this makes it very suitable for semi-independent learning.

See our review of Circuit Scribe

K'Nex Education

For physics and engineering there are some fab K'Nex Education kits which include parts and curriculum content. The Forces, Energy & Motion kit includes instructions for 11 different vehicles and you can build up to four of the same time so the kit can be used with siblings or a small group.

There are lots of smaller K'Nex Education kits too. These are a great option for developing practical engineering skills (something that can be missing if kids spend too much time using electronic devices.)

ROKIT Smart 11 in 1 Programmable Robot Kit

The ROKIT Smart robot kit can be built into 11 different types of robot. The components are good quality and a lot of through has gone into putting together this educational kit.

There are detailed building instructions as well as videos that explain how the robots work and what they can do. There are also tutorials and videos that explain how the different components work and how they can be programmed.

Age: 7+


Solar Lab 1.1 Electricity Learning Kit

We featured the Solar Lab 1.1 Electricity Learning Kit in our Solar Power kits roundup. We like this kit because it uses real technology, you get a real voltmeter and you can build a solar-powered battery charger.

The kit comes with a curriculum of lessons and background information which makes it suitable for summer school at home. 
Age: 12+

Raspberry Pi Computer Kits

Do your kids just use tablets and laptops? How about a Raspberry Pi based kit that teaches kids what's inside a computer. 

UK-based Kano allow kids to build a Raspberry Pi based computer and then learn to program it. Kano comes with its own operating system packed with apps that will allow kids to create awesome digital stuff. Note that you'll need a screen to connect the kit to. 

Buy: Kano Computer Kit (UK)

There's also the Minecraft-themed Piper which has a fantastic wooden case to house some fab tech including a Raspberry Pi. Kids work through Minecraft-themed exercises and learn about hardware. This kit includes an LCD screen too. 




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