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.

Mover Kit Review - Kids Programmable Wearable from Tech Will Save Us

The Mover Kit is a programmable wearable device for children aged 8 and up. The Mover Kit started off as a Kickstarter from Tech Will Save Us, it has delivered to backers and is now available to buy.

I've tried out the Mover Kit with my kids aged 8 and 10.

Unboxing the Mover Kit

The Mover Kit comes in attractive cardboard packaging with a plain brown cardboard inner. 

You get two electronics boards, the Mover Kit plastic case, a yellow USB cable and three different accessories for attaching the case to people and objects. 

The packaging isn't particularly useful for storing all the parts - you'll only be using one of the accessories at a time so it's important to not to lose the others. 


The Mover Kit is intended for simple assembly. Kids attach the two circuit boards together put them in the case and attach the power cord. 

Although there aren't many parts my kids needed a bit of help with this - they're pretty experienced with electronics and assembling kits. My 10 year old son was expecting the circuit boards to snap to the case in some way, it doesn't, it just sits there and my 8 year old son couldn't attach the power cable - actually I struggled with this too, those little JST style connectors are really fiddly. 

It's definitely valuable for kids to be able to see the components rather than experiencing electronics products as black boxes. 

The case closes with a stretchy silicone loop. You have to open the case to connect the USB cable for charging and programming - I hope the loop is tough as it's going to come under a lot of stress.  

The Mover Kit comes with three fab accessories: a slap bracelet, a lanyard and a velcro strap. These are really nicely made and a real strength of the kit.

My kids loved that the watch strap is a stretch bracelet. It means that it fits their slim wrists and adapts to larger wrists (and the necks of cuddly toys, it seems!)

The lanyard has a safety clasp and the cord is kid length, the clip looks sturdy. My kids often wear electronics devices with lanyards - we've done this with a VTech kids camera and a BBC micro:bit. It works well as a neck lanyard but it would have been even better if it had a sliding adjuster so it could be used as a wrist lanyard like the one on Wii remotes - this would stop the device flying out of a child's hand. 

The velcro strap is handy for attaching the Mover Kit to a bike or scooter and also for attaching it to furniture and other objects. 


The Mover Kit has a rechargeable battery and is charged via a USB cable. The rechargeable battery is housed in the base part of the case. This really sets the device apart from other small programmable electronics devices such as the BBC micro:bit and Adafruit Circuit Playground. There's no need to cobble together a solution and try to hide wires or 3D print a custom case, the battery is neatly enclosed in a custom case and the wires are just long enough to fit. 

The Mover Kit is a complete powered solution and this will make a real difference to less technical households where you really need stuff to work out of the box. 

The device can be programmed and tested when connected to a laptop and the USB cable is nice and long so you can still use the Mover Kit if you've let the battery run down. 

The Mover Kit doesn't power off automatically so kids will need to remember to turn it off or plug it back in to charge. Staying on does make sense for some apps such as the nightlight example.

Getting Started

The Mover Kit comes with two built in apps that you can use out the box without any programming. The first is an Activity app which rewards movement with light shows. The second is a 'bike light' which has a red and a white option depending on the orientation of the device. 

The Mover Kit has a button in the centre which needs to be pressed through the silicon cover. My kids found this really hard to do. You have to press quite firmly and right in the centre. 

Our initial reaction was that the lights are quite bright and except for the two that are under the silicon strap, there's nothing to disperse the light. This is easy to fix with a disc of paper but we found the device quite uncomfortable to look at without this. 

The Activity app was a bit confusing at first. You have to move the device in different ways to unlock different light patterns. The device stays white until you stop moving so it's hard to tell that it's doing anything at first. Once kids understand how it works then it's fun to try and find new colour patterns.

The Mover Kit is programmed via a drag and drop app in the web browser but you do need to download a helper app called Bolt first. This all worked very smoothly for us. There are simple starter apps to get you going. 

The starter projects are really nice ideas including a Gandalf's staff and a campfire (something we've done with Flotilla and the Raspberry Pi.) There's also a very simple toothbrush timer (a gadget that we have previously made with an Adafruit Circuit playground.)

Coding Your Own App

The drag and drop coding app is straightforward and kids who have used similar coding tools will find it straightforward. 

My kids were able to create simple apps for the Mover Kit and download them to the device quickly and easily. 

We really like the interface for setting custom patterns on the lights, it's very visual and there's no need to worry about RGB colours.

More experienced kids will soon bump up against the limitations of the environment, there's no way to generate random numbers (we wanted to make a dice) or save data to variables. We also wanted to be able to adjust the brightness on the LEDs. 

Additional capability could be added in future, but there's value in simplicity. Many kids toys and gadgets actually have really simple programming and there's lots of scope for creating fun projects with the coding that's available. 

A really nice feature of using a slap bracelet is that you can lay it flat when coding. 

Value for Money

The Mover Kit retails for £50 / $75. At first this might seem costly in comparison to the BBC micro:bit at £12.99 or the Adafruit Circuit Playground at around $20. But you need to bear in mind that those devices are just boards that need add on to turn them into a powered wearable. The convenience of having everything bundled together so it just works is worth a lot. 

You get a rechargeable battery included in the Mover Kit and it can be charged by the Mover Kit too. The battery is also enclosed in the case making a simple rechargeable wearable that has been designed for children. Powering other devices is definitely a lot more problematic than working with the Mover Kit. 

Also the other devices target more experienced or older children. The Mover Kit really has managed to make everything simple and offers a great first experience.

We often meet parents that admit that STEM toys that they bought for their children didn't get used because the effort and difficulty to get started was too much for the parents. The Mover Kit keeps things simple so it's more likely to actually get used by kids and families. 

For a less technical family with younger children, or a family that really wants to focus on making that includes tech but isn't dominated by it, the Mover Kit offers good value for money. 

More advanced users may be frustrated by the limitations of the Mover Kit but even then I can see it being useful for quick specific projects. 


The Mover Kit
We love that the Mover Kit can be used to easily make gadgets that are useful and entertaining for kids. This isn't a worthy educational kit. It's a hands-on practical device that will enable kids to make electronic gadgets that are relevant to them. There's a really low barrier to entry here. No need for kids or parents to be intimidated by complex setup. 

I think children younger than 8 would really enjoy this device with support. I think 6 would have been a good age for my kids. But it's a device that will go with kids. I can see my kids just grabbing it for a quick project as part of their play

We love the variety of accessories that are included too. We often find ourselves trying to add these to projects and when it's not the main part of what kids are trying to achieve it's a bit of a distraction. The slap bracelet works really well and means that it's easy to swap straps which will appeal to kids. 

The Mover Kit sample projects are really simple which makes them perfect for beginners and kids who want to focus on the creative aspects of a project. We've made more advanced versions of some of the starter projects, but those projects tend to involve a techie parent doing a lot of setup so that kids can do the bit they're interested in. For younger or less experienced kids, or those in a hurry to get something working, the Mover Kit is fantastic. It will give kids (and parents) a simple route into the world of programmable electronics and allow them to develop basic skills which will put them in a good position to use more advanced tools in future.

BuyMover Kit from Tech Will Save Us (UK with international shipping)

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Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children: Mover Kit Review - Kids Programmable Wearable from Tech Will Save Us
Mover Kit Review - Kids Programmable Wearable from Tech Will Save Us
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