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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.

Tech (STEM) Gifts for Maker Girls from Preschoolers to Teens


Are you looking for a gift to encourage a girl to develop her interest in technology and her STEM skills? We've got some great ideas. Of course you can choose any educational tech toy or gadget for a girl. The problem isn't really that girls need different products, just that so many of the products in this space seem to be designed and marketed specifically for boys!

We'd rather look at the topic based on interests. We've picked out some fab gift ideas that will appeal to girls and lots of boys too. Note that some girls will prefer toys that are marketed to boys or are neutral in their design. We've included products that will appeal to a variety of ages from preschoolers through to teenagers.

We should also say that these aren't just fantastic products 'for girls', they're fantastic products full stop. You'll find lots of them on our age and interest based lists. You might notice that quite a few of them have been designed by women. Interesting.

  1. littleBits

    littleBits are modular electronics that can be used to make all kinds of fantastic gadgets and projects. littleBits were invented by Ayah Bdeir and designed to be gender neutral. We think Bdeir succeeded really well with this goal. littleBits work well with craft materials for crafty projects and can be used with LEGO too.

    The newer kits come with lots of project ideas to get kids started and then they can work on their own ideas. littleBits is for children from 8+ and there are different kits that will suit ages and abilities right up to teenagers and adult beginners.
  2. Pink mBot

    Makeblock's mBot is one of our favourite programmable robots for kids. Now there's a pink version. Not all girls like pink, but it's great to have an alternative to blue. (The blue mBot is a very nice blue so some girls will prefer that one.)

    mBot can be programmed with a Scratch-based language, lots of children learn Scratch in primary and middle school so this is a great feature. Scratch itself has done a fantastic job of creating a coding environment that has broad appeal. More experienced coders can use mBot to learn the Arduino programming which is a very useful skill.

    You can also get some fab add-ons for mBot including an LED faceplate that allows you to create faces to give mBot a personality.
  3. BoseBuild Speaker Cube

    The BoseBuild Speaker Cube is a build-it-yourself bluetooth speaker kit. It comes with a set of projects for kids to work through to assemble the speaker and learn about the science and technology that makes speakers work.

    The end result is a useful gadget that can be used to play music or listen to audio books. We love the idea of a practical gadget that kids can build and use. It makes technology very tangible and directly relates to every day life.
  4. Tech Will Save Us Mover Kit

  5. Tech Will Save Us is another company that makes awesome tech that is gender neutral. Founder Bethany Koby has won awards for innovation in design and creativity. It's worth checking out all of their products to find the right fit but we're going to highlight their new Mover Kit here. The Mover Kit is a wearable gadget that kids assemble and then program. It has movement sensors and coloured LEDs so kids can turn it into a wearable that is fun and useful for them. 
  6. Goldie Blox Movie Machine

  7. Goldie Blox is a range of toys designed by engineer Debbie Sterling to encourage girls into engineering. She looked at how girls play and found that they enjoy story based activities with characters. The Goldie Blox range combines story booklets that introduce a problem that needs to be solved build building a solution with the included parts. There are also dolls and animal characters in the range. There are lots of different sets to choose from including larger ones with lots of parts and they are all compatible with each other. We really like Goldie Blox and the Movie Machine, it's a kit to build a zoetrope (the first animated movie machine.) We took one along to a movie special effects festival and it was a big hit. There's also an accompanying app that allows kids to design and print their own animations to go in the movie machine. 
  8. Kids First Robot Engineer Kit and Storybook

  9. The Kids First range of construction kits from Thames & Kosmos use storytelling to develop STEM skills in preschoolers and little kids aged 3 and up. Each kit comes with a storybook that introduces science and engineering concepts. The parts are chunky and brightly coloured in a palette that will appeal to girls and boys. In the Amusement Park Engineer kit kids build models of the amusement park rides that two children, a girl and a boy, encounter on a family day out.
  10. Bloxels: Build Your Own Video Game

    Bloxels is a physical pixel board that you use to design characters and game levels. You bring your characters into an app where you can design and play your own video game. Bloxels deserve a shout out here for their great choice of colours and neutral packaging. They've included pink and purple in a STEM toy which will appeal to girls and boys. Their featured character is a cute cat with a pink and purple striped top. Bloxels is great for developing design thinking as kids focus on designing a video game that could be played by others.
  11. Teknikio Kits

    Teknikio kits are girl-friendly without being overly girly. Creator Deren Guler has done a great job of bringing together kits that help kids get started with electronics in a semi-structured way which gives them a starting point but encourages creativity.

    The Teknikio Fabtronic Sewing Kit is a mini course in wearable electronics for kids from age 8+. Kids can use the reusable parts to add tech to their clothing or make a soft toy by adding some felt or fabric.

    Also see our review of the Teknikio Origami Kit.
  12. K'Nex Mighty Makers Director's Cut

    K'Nex Mighty Makers is a range of construction toys designed for girls. It uses K'Nex parts but in a bright colour palette and the sets are themed towards invention and creative play.

    The Mighty Makers Director's Cut Building set allows kids to build a movie set. They can also build a phone stand so that they can record real movies using the included characters (Lily and her dog Zoom) and props. 
  13. Adafruit Circuit Playground

  14. The Adafruit Circuit Playground is a microprocessor board designed to help beginners to learn how to program hardware. It's packed with sensors and has a gorgeous ring of coloured LED lights. Its fab for removing the barriers to getting started with developing electronics projects. The Circuit Playground was developed by the fabulous Limor Fried (Lady Ada) and she's managed to design a product with broad appeal. You can start off making projects that just use the board itself and then move on to integrating additional electronics. At the moment the Adafruit Circuit Playground is just available in a developer edition, it can be programmed with the Arduino environment or the Python programming language. At the moment we'd only recommend it for more advanced teen makers. (But we're looking forward to tools that make it more accessible to a younger audience in the future.)
  15. Scientific Explorer Project Mc2 Circuit Board Room Light

  16. Project Mc2 is a TV series that features girls solving problems with their STEM skills. There's also an accompanying range of science and technology kits. Some of them feature doll versions of characters in the series. The Scientific Explorer Project Mc2 Circuit Board Room Light that allows kids to create electronic circuits on a board and then add a photo and frame to create an illuminated picture frame.

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