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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Coji the Emoji Coding Robot - Review

We've been intrigued by WowWee's Coji the Emoji robot from the first time we heard about it. Emoji's are popular with kids and tapping out programs by touching Emojis is a fun  idea. We've now had chance to play with our Coji and can explain how this works in practice.

Coji is aimed at children from age 4-7 though we think the upper age limit is higher than this. It's not just suitable for little kids, the robot is cool enough and challenging enough for tweens, and lots of teens and adults would have fun with it too. Coji does a good job of appealing to a range of abilities with different directed activities and plenty of scope for self-directed activities.

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It's worth noting that Coji has only just become available, we may well see updates and improvements to the Coji app before Christmas. We'll update this article if significant changes happen.

Coji the Robot

Coji is a cute little robot which moves around on two wheels. Coji's key feature is that it has a screen for a face. The screen is bright and colourful and plenty good enough for displaying Emojis and animations. 

We love the appearance of Coji, the only negative is that like pretty much all robots for kids, Coji uses blue as the main detail colour. There are so many colours, why choose the one that's identified with boys? The rest of the product isn't at all boy oriented so this use of blue seems like a shame to us. 

Coji also has a speaker for playing sound effects and sensors so he can tell when he's picked up. 

Coji takes 3 AAA batteries and has a simple on/off switch. The decision to use batteries rather being USB rechargeable probably keeps the cost down.

Update: Coji's RRP is $59.99/£59.99 but we're seeing deals a lot lower than that which makes it a great buy.

Playing without the App

Without the app Coji can run some simple programs which can be selected by pressing the buttons on the sides of his head and then pushing the button down. Coji will also react to being moved - it has motion sensors which can detect movement and shaking.

Once kids get a bit more advanced with Coji they'll be able to download their own programs (macros) to Coji for use on disconnected play. 

Coji is very much a connected toy, most of the behaviour is accessed through the app, but we really like that WowWee have included some disconnected play too.

Getting Connected to the App

The Coji app is available for iOS and Android. Coji uses the newer Bluetooth Smart system and WowWee have done a fab job of making it easy to connect with. You just turn on the app and it automatically detects Coji, you just tap on the robot to connect. This is quick, easy and reliable and it's really easy to switch between devices.

This may sound obvious, but it our experience it's something that doesn't always go smoothly and WowWee has got this right. 

Coji's Modes

Coji actually has several different interaction modes which will appeal to different kids and at different times. Some are more focussed on fun while others require some serious brain power!


In drive mode, Coji can be used as a remote control toy with an onscreen joystick. Additional buttons allow Coji to display Emojis as well as moving around. This is a simple feature, but a good one and it works well. 


Sequence is a memory game that shows a sequence of Emojis on Coji's face that kids must repeat on their tablet. This game is actually pretty hard! You're having to look at Coji and then tap the symbols.
"It's really good. It starts easy, but then it gets really hard." - 8 year old

Sequencing commands together is an important coding skill. It's not clear to me that this activity builds that skill (though other Coji activities certainly do) but memory skills are very useful to develop. 

Macro Maze

Macro Maze is a guided activity where kids have to use motion commands and Emojis to guide an onscreen Coji through a maze. 

It's important to understand that the Coji robot doesn't follow these instructions, instead it acts as a companion and rewards kids when they complete a level. 

The format will be familiar to kids who have used and other coding apps where kids must write code to get a character through a maze. You can complete levels a little bit at a time which makes the activities manageable. Kids who are ready for the challenge can write the code for a whole maze in one go, but others can break it down into smaller parts and solve them one at a time. 

The twist here is that the levels are timed. This does add some extra difficulty as kids who are just using trial and error will run out of time. 

There's also some problem solving built in, you have to use the right Emoji to remove obstacles that are included in the mazes. 

My 9 year old was able to easily complete the activities but he did have to stop and think about the obstacles and had to up his game to complete some of the harder levels within the time limit. I can see that children with less experience would have to work quite hard to get through some of the levels. 

It would be good to have the option for Coji to actually follow the instructions as well as the onscreen robot. At the moment the Coji doesn't have much to do during this activity. You can't use this activity without Coji turned on though - it just goes back to the start screen if you turn  him off. 


I think Freeplay is where kids will spend most of their time with Coji in the long term and where most of the learning will happen. In this mode you can code a series of Emojis and then send your program to Coji.

Each Emoji triggers a behaviour which can include movement, sound effects and an animation on Coji's LED screen face. For example the flower Emoji makes Coji move forward, sniff a flower which appears on the screen and then sneeze and move back. 

Coji responds as if you're having an instant messaging chat. This may be familiar to some kids who use kids messaging apps, but for others this will be an introduction to instant messaging and the use of Emojis. This is fun, but it would be nice to have an option to turn it off so that a child can just concentrate on what they are coding or take turns with a real coding partner.  When we've had two kids playing with Coji they naturally want to take turns controlling Coji and sending it back and forwards between them with a message. 

You can set up a challenge for kids to code their way through using real world obstacles. There's also plenty of scope for story-telling through using Cojis Emojis. And you can set Coji up to go over to someone and send them an Emoji message (friendly or otherwise!)

Coji encourages kids to get up and move around because you can only see the Emojis when Coji is facing you. The robot doesn't work so well if kids just stay sitting in one place. 

Additional Emojis are locked at the start, but we haven't managed to unlock them yet despite my son completing all of the Macro Maze levels. 

At the moment the app seems to ignore repeats of the forward and backward commands, only moving forward or backwards once. This is confusing as this is a very common pattern in the Macro Maze activity. You can get around it by placing other Emojis in between the forward and backward ones, or using other Emojis such as thumbs up and down which also move. 

Command Centre

The Command Centre allows kids to create 'macros' that capture a sequence of commands that can be used to create a sequence of commands that can be reused.

Each macro is assigned a number and you can use macros that you have defined in freeplay mode. It would be nice if macros could be assigned an image instead of a number as that would be more memorable and more in keeping with the Coji concept, this could easily be added in future though. 

The macros can be downloaded to Coji so that they can be used when Coji isn't connected to the app.

Here's a demo of triggered a macro when Coji is disconnected from the app:

Triggering actions based on events is also indicated in the promotional information about Coji so you should be able to say if the head is pressed then trigger some code, but we haven't found this in the app yet. It may also be possible to trigger behaviour based on Coji's motion sensors in future - Coji can detect when it is picked up, tilted or shaken. 

It would also be good to be able to control the colour of the LED on Coji's front - at the moment the colour is changed by some of the Emoji's but there's not a way to control in specifically. Custom Emojis would be fun too. Maybe we'll see more features in future. 

Coji Review Verdict

Coji is a lot of fun and is a great introduction to simple programming. Tapping Emojis is even easier that dragging and dropping command blocks and makes simple coding very accessible. There are definitely some improvements that would improve the experience and we expect that the app will be updated before Christmas. 

Coji's cool design and use of Emojis means that the robot will appeal to a wide age range. The variety of modes means that Coji has longevity, sometimes kids will feel like using it as a remote control toy and other times they'll be up for solving a real world challenge through coding.

The feature to download 'macros' to Coji for disconnected play is fantastic. This will make kids feel like real programmers who can make a tech toy do just what they want. 

The recommended age range is 4-7, this may be because WowWee has another programmable robot targetting the 8+ age range (the Coder MiP) but I think 8-10 year olds would also enjoy Coji and have lots of fun with it. 

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Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children: Coji the Emoji Coding Robot - Review
Coji the Emoji Coding Robot - Review
Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children
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