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.

LEGO Boost: Robotics for Kids Age 7+

We've been waiting for this! LEGO have announced LEGO Boost, a set of programmable electronics components for kids age 7+ for the home market. This is an update on the LEGO Power Functions idea of electronics components that can be added to LEGO sets, only this time it's programmable from an app and focussed on a younger audience.

LEGO Boost has been announced at the CES 2017 technology conference in Las Vegas.

Update: See our LEGO Boost review.

What is LEGO Boost?

The heart of LEGO Boost is the Move Hub which has a built-in tilt sensor to detect movement, two built in motors, a button and a light. Additional components are connected to the hub via wires.

There's an accompanying app which allows kids to program the Move Hub using graphical drag and drop programming. The app communicates with the Move Hub via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity. The app includes blocks for useful behaviours so that kids can quickly have a functional model rather than having to do lots of low-level coding.

The motors are encoded motors, this means that they can be controlled precisely (a feature missing in a lot of cheaper electronics and robotics sets.)

Kids will get instructions for 5 models to build. And also 3 bases which can be used as a starting point for their own creations.

LEGO Boost 17101 Creative Toolbox

As well as the multifunctional LEGO Move Hub, the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox set also includes an additional interactive motor and a combined colour and distance sensor.

As well as the electronics, the set includes over 840 LEGO® pieces and instructions to build 5 models: Vernie the Robot, Frankie the Cat, the Guitar 4000, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4), and the Autobuilder.

The LEGO Boost app will be free to download.

You'll also get an accompanying wall poster and activity play mat.

LEGO Boost Models

The LEGO Boost models look really well thought through and very substantial.

Vernie the Robot is the lead model and the other models offer plenty of variety. There's Frankie the Cat - a tech toy pet, the Guitar 4000 an electric guitar that kids can make music with, the Multi-Tool Rover 4 (M.T.R.4) vehicle and the band up to date Autobuilder which is a LEGO '3D Printer' which can build mini LEGO models - awesome!

LEGO Boost Bases

LEGO Boost will also include instructions for three different base models that can be used as the starting point for building with their own LEGO collections. There three bases available at launch are: "a walking base for making animals like a dragon or a pony, a driving base for building vehicles like a dune buggy or rover, and an entrance base so that children can make their own castle, fort, or even a futuristic space station."

LEGO Boost Release Date

The LEGO Boost website says that LEGO Boost is due for release in August 2017. (The press release says the second half of 2017.)

LEGO Boost Price

LEGO Boost will have a retail price of $159.99 in the US.  Prices of 159.99 EURO and $199.99 (CAD) have also bee provided. We haven't seen a UK retail price for LEGO Boost yet.

Age Recommendations

LEGO Boost is aimed at the 7-12 age group.

How is the Move Hub Powered?

Power is always a big question for tech toys! The LEGO Move Hub is battery powered. LEGO BOOST takes 6 AAA batteries.

LEGO says that "Alkaline batteries are recommended, but rechargeable batteries can be used, though may result in weaker power output."

Parents will really appreciate the ability to use rechargeable batteries at least some of the time.

LEGO Boost App

The LEGO Boost App will be available for iOS and Android. You'll be able to find out whether specific devices are supported here.

The App provides a graphical drag and drop environments similar to those for LEGO WeD and Mindstorms, but with elements specific to the Move components. As well as controlling movement and interacting with sensors, kids will be able to add all important speech and sound effects.

LEGO Boost vs LEGO Power Functions

LEGO Power Functions is a range of modular electronics components that can be added to LEGO sets. Many LEGO Technic sets have support for LEGO Power functions so kids can automate their creation. The current Power Functions components can't be programmed in an official way. 

I might be getting a little carried away but maybe we'll see sets like the LEGO Friends theme park and NEXO Knights contraptions with LEGO Boost support in future as we currently do with Power Functions and LEGO Technic sets. My younger son loves making crazy contraptions with LEGO Power Functions (his modelling balloon mover was a particular high point :-) and LEGO Boost will allow him to easily create programmable contraptions.

When LEGO WeDO 2.0 was announced LEGO stated that it was compatible with the new LEGO Power Functions range. We're not yet sure about the relationship between LEGO Boost and LEGO Power Functions. LEGO Boost does not fit the current usage of LEGO Power Functions which often adds a single motor to a LEGO Technic kit, but we could imagine future kits being built around LEGO Boost.

LEGO Boost vs LEGO WeDo 2.0

You might have head about LEGO Education's WeDo offering which is somewhat similar. However, the focus for WeDo is on STEM education rather than augmenting LEGO play at home. In the demo of LEGO Boost below you'll see a robot being programmed to fire a LEGO dart which is very much in line with how kids play with LEGO at home, but wouldn't be such a good fit for the classroom.


LEGO WeDo models need to be small and quick to build and take apart during a lesson. The LEGO Boost models are more substantial and support an ongoing build-code-play pattern.

LEGO Boost vs LEGO Mindstorms

We also have LEGO Mindstorms EV3 which is aimed at kids aged 10+ (though we recommend it for younger kids with the right experience.) My older son has built Mindstorms into a robot that he loves so my younger son doesn't get a look in!

LEGO Boost is much less expensive that LEGO Mindstorms EV3 which will make it accessible to more families. Mindstorms is seen as a product for kids who are really into technical LEGO and robotics. LEGO Boost should appeal to all kids who love LEGO.

Our Analysis

We're really pleased to see this product. It really fills a gap in the home robotics market. LEGO Power Functions is great but limited and showing its age and not readily programmable. There are lots of third part electronics that are designed to be LEGO compatible but they just don't have the advantage of being part of the LEGO ecosystem.

Putting much of the functionality into a central Move Hub makes a lot of sense. It's a pain to have to set up lots of stuff when you just want a button or a sensor. Have a main hub with lots of functionality and the ability to add additional components when you do need something in another place on your model strikes a good balance. 

LEGO is a huge part of my kids life and has been since the age of 3. Their current obsession is LEGO NEXO Knights (a high-tech medieval mash-up with a TV series and an app with scannable shield powers) and Ninjago and Chima are still popular with them. My older son loves Technic models. I can definitely see them using LEGO Boost to extend their play and keep them playing with LEGO for longer.

One thing we're a bit disappointed by is that the dominant colour in the LEGO Boost is blue. We see a lot of robots and we're shocked by the percentage that have blue as their main colour. Everyone knows blue is marketing speak for boys toys. We would really have preferred to see a gender-neutral mix of colours and it's a shame that LEGO didn't take that route. The kit itself is of course suitable for girls and the Frankie the Cat model in particular will have strong appeal. LEGO Boost can be used with bricks of any colour, we just don't like to see anything that will steer buyers of gifts for girls away from a fantastic STEM product.

Overall LEGO Boost looks absolutely awesome. I can imagine my kids wanting to build every single one of the five models (and me too!) The price point is accessible for a lot of families in comparison to LEGO Mindstorms EV3. This looks like the product we have been waiting for to get robotics into everyday LEGO building for kids who want to make their LEGO do stuff.

Many families already have tons of LEGO, and it's quite a money investment. Having a product that can make use of that LEGO and encourage kids to play with it more and not disappear totally into the virtual world at age 8 is very appealing.

Sources: Press Release and LEGO Boost Website
Image Credits: LEGO Boost Media Kit

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Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children: LEGO Boost: Robotics for Kids Age 7+
LEGO Boost: Robotics for Kids Age 7+
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