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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.

BFX Festival Family Weekend Round Up 2016


Tech Age Kids partnered with BFX Festival for the first time this year, to bring together a family tech event to inspire the next generation of games and visual effects enthusiasts. Together with the University of Bournemouth, Arts University Bournemouth, Computing Museum, Code Club, So Make It, Dorset Troopers and Barclays Digital Eagles, the event was a great success and attended by 100s of families.



With the superb help from university students, Tech Age Kids put on a range of activities, appealing from young to old. In the talks, Tracy spoke about Why kids should learn about robotics? and Elbrie, shared some of her own experiences, navigating the challenging journey of digital parenting.


BFX Festival Family Weekend, offered families a lot of opportunity to explore different technologies and activities.

  • There was 3D printing by Poole's Tech Bar (Digital Eagles) and So Make It (Southampton Makerspace)
  • A fantastic zombie chase using a huge green screen
  • Retro gaming and learning to code on BBC Micro by the Computing Museum
  • Designing your own 3D character using an industry tool called Z-brush
OhBot, the robotic head, acted as an event welcomer, introducing activities families could take part in. The interaction with OhBot was fantastic and lots of kids recognised, it can be programmed using Scratch.



Bloxels, was very popular, giving families a chance to work together to build a character and game layout for their 8 bit video game.



Children learned to make their own stop motion animation using the StikBot Zanimation Studio. Kids of all ages tried this activity and it was bustling with activity the whole weekend.



Simbrix, are a brilliant alternative to ironing beads, and children made animations of their own mini monsters hatching out of an egg. Even the Storm Troopers came for a masterclass.



Bee Bots are robust, basic robots, to introduce young kids to sequencing. Combined with Minecraft animals, this made a very popular activity for young children and students alike!



Using out-of-production, Bee Bot Electro Mats, kids learned how to create their own story board, by drawing pictures and then recording their own voice to communicate the story. We only have a few left, so if you would like to buy some at a bargain price to use at home or in school please contact us directly. (only available for local pickup - Winchester, UK)



Families played with play-dough and MaKey MaKey, to make their own games controller and play games on the popular online coding tool for kids - Scratch.



Of course the appearance of real life Star Wars characters by Dorset Troopers, was a highlight for every Star Wars fan at the Festival. They're currently raising money for Julia's House.



Head over to our BFX Page, for more information and inspiration on all the products and activities brought to the festival by Tech Age Kids.




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