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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.

Christmas Cracker Gifts to 3D Print

Christmas cracker gifts are a great thing to 3D print. You can choose just the right item for each family member. There are lots of small items that are useful and quick to print so you'll be able to find something for everyone in the family from kids to grandparents.

You can make your own Christmas crackers or just buy inexpensive ones that can be opened from the end and pop in an extra gift. You can usually adjust the size of models in your 3D printing software so you can adjust the scale of items to fit inside your cracker. 

  1. Mr Alligator is one of our favourite small things to print, it's an alligator-shaped clip that can be used to close a snack bag. 
  2. The Twirl Mini Moustache is just the kind of daft thing lots of kids would love to find in the Christmas cracker. 
  3. Fish Fossilz are awesome bendy fish that print in one go, these are lots of fun and will appear to all ages. 
  4. These Flexible, Reusable Cable Ties are great for anyone who loves their tech. You can wrap them around cables to keep everything tidy. 
  5. Kids will love a Duo Tone Whistle - a 3D printed whistle that can play two different notes. 
  6. Dice are handy for kids and board game fans. This dice set has dice with different numbers of sides to choose from. 
  7. Mini puzzles are popular in Christmas crackers. You could print several of these interlocking puzzles in different colours and then mix them up. 
  8. These stick men are quick to print and come in a range of quirky poses. 
  9. These paste pusher animals are fun and useful for kids - they help kids to get all the toothpaste out of the tube. 
  10. These gyroscopic key chains make a great 3D printing demo and fiddle toy.
  11. How about a pendant that can be put on a necklace? We love this beautiful Mayan Lotus Flower.  
  12. We love these gyroscopic snowflake decorations. They print in one piece and the middle rotates. 

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