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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.

Top Tech (STEM) Gifts for Kids Aged 2, 3 and 4 - Coding, Robots, Engineering


It's great to see toy companies making toys for preschoolers to learn logical thinking skills and foster creativity and engineering skills.

Our gift list for preschoolers, kids aged 2, 3 and 4, is aimed at young children. It is important to note kids develop at varying rates. We recommend you select toys you think will be appropriate for your kids, and not only look at age recommendations (see our note on age recommendations below).

Our list is in no particular order and includes toys and games with a tech, coding, STEM and educational theme.




  1. Tech Will Save Us Dough Universe

    Dough Universe from Tech Will Save Us teach kids electronics concepts through play. Dough Universe is made up of three separate sets - light, motion and sound.  
    Electro Dough is available from the Tech Will Save Us website.

    Read our full hands-on review of the Electro Dough Kits.
  2. Coding Toys and Robots

    We recommend a number of coding toys and robots for preschoolers. See our Expert Picks.



  3. Gears! Gears! Gears!

    The Gears! Gears! Gears! construction set is an old favourite and perfect of budding engineers. The plastic gears are brightly coloured and robust. This is another toy which your child can "grow" into as they develop new skills. This starter builder set will help your child develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. (My 6 year old still likes engineering with this set.)


  4. Teddy Ruxpin

    Parents and grandparents may remember the famous storytelling bear Teddy Ruxpin from the 80s, which was relaunched this year as an interactive and cuddly bear packed full of new technology. He has LCD eyes with over 40 animations, animatronics which helps him look "real" and two modes of play - with or without an app. The app is available for iOS and Andriod. He also comes with 3 stories and has a sing-along mode.



  5. Fisher Price Think & Learn Smart Cycle

    The Think & Learn Smart Cycle is new from Fisher Price this year. It's essentially a static exercise bike for preschoolers, which connects to a tablet via Bluetooth. The app is available for iOS, Andriod and Amazon Fire tablets as well as Apple, Andriod and Fire TV. It has 3 modes, play,
    game or race and is a sneaky way to kids active physically whilst playing a fun digital game. They need to pedal to engage with the app.



  6. Think & Learn Roctopus

    The Think and Learn Roctopus from Fisher Price let's kids learn cause and effect through music. Perhaps the start of coding with digital music. there are different instruments which they can use to create their own sounds. Following instructions in games is a great way to teach sequencing and patterns. This toy doesn't require an app to work but you will need batteries.



  7. Design & Drill

    Design and Drill is another classic toy, which got a bit of an upgrade with a lights and sounds version - Brightworks. It's a preschool version of making pixel art. Young kids will learn about turning clockwise and anticlockwise, and follow a pattern by copying a design. The new Brightworks set, makes it less of a "boy" toy, and who says girls don't like to operate a power drill!


  8. Construction & Building Kits

    There are many different construction kits available in this age category. Read our overview and comparision article here - coming soon.
    Construction kits for young children help develop skills that will be useful later, like engineering, design and physical dexterity skills.
  9. Magformers Walking Robot

    Magformers are plastic, magnetic building shapes and this year they have a walking robot set. The set is compatible with other Magformers sets and includes an engine block which requires batteries to operate. It is important to note that although the robot is motorised, it's movement is small and slow. Kids enjoy building different patterns and structures with the magnetic shapes. This set is not recommended for kids under 3 years due to small parts. Magformers are another construction kit that comes out time and time again for play in our house.



  10. Smart Games

    We love the games from Smart Games, which promotes logical, critical and problem solving thinking skills. There's lots of different ones, but we really like the three little piggies game to get young kids into solving puzzles using a familiar story. It's a single player game and recommended from ages 3+. The Three Little Piggies include 48 different challenges to solve, helping kids go from starter to master. Smart Games also have puzzle toys made from wood, like the Camelot Jr set.





A note on age recommendations

In this younger age bracket, children develop at different rates. Something suitable for one 3 year old may be too advanced for another 4 year old. We've tried to select toys that can be used differently depending on your child's age, developmental stage and dexterity.

The games and toys included in our preschool list, is suitable for young children, but can also be enjoyed by older siblings. It is important for parents to gauge if your child is ready for a specific toy or gadget. The last thing you want is for a child to break a toy they are not quite ready to realise its full value. You may want to also look at our gift list for the next age range (6+).

For older kids, see our other gift guides:


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