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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.

New Years Resolution - Stay Active with Tech


It's great when you can look back on resolutions set the year before and feel a level of satisfaction that you have done something worthwhile. Last year I wrote a New Year's resolution post and resolved to do 3 things in 2016...

  1. Find and play / work with a techie friend

    My family has really benefited from being friends with Tracy's family, whose a whole lot more techie than us. We've made projects together and they inspired us to try some things of our own too. As a family we've also benefited from joining a local coding club once a month and meet other families exploring coding and digital making.
  2. Overcome my fears of tech

    I'm definitely still on a learning curve here, but I know a whole lot more than I did a year ago. It just shows what a bit of research and trying things can achieve. I can actually understand some computer code now!
  3. Make techie things with my family

    As a family we've become much more aware of how technology works, and so we are more likely to try make our own electronic toys, or design personalised characters to be 3D printed. Having a better idea of what is possible, helped us make more things using technology. We're particular proud of our drawing machine, Sam Labs racer and electronic circuit canvas bug pictures.
Although our achievements are not earth shattering, we have actually implemented these goals throughout the year.  I still think 2016's New Year Resolutions are very relevant for this year.

So what's our new goals for 2017?

Perhaps a good place to start in view of the ever expanding digital age, dominated by screens and devices, we must make time to reconnect with nature and keep our bodies active. My kids love being outdoors and being active, but I know if I let them get stuck in front of a screen, they will be reluctant to leave the sofa.

Tech doesn't just have to be a passive, indoor activity for families.


Get Help from a Virtual Assistant

We acquired a new virtual assistant over Christmas (Amazon Alexa) and discovered a brilliant 7 minute workshop skill to get us moving and active as a family. It's particularly useful if the weather is miserable outside and you don't fancy a wet and cold outdoor activity. The kids love it and we all get involved. As it's only 7 minutes, you can do it several times in the day, especially if it's going to be an indoor type of day!

Alexa also works as a brilliant activity tracker in our family. The kids are able to set their own timers when using devices, to remind them to take breaks or swap devices or take turns.


Fly a Drone

My brother came to stay over Christmas and brought with him, his racing drone. It's a cool piece of kit, that encouraged us all to venture out to the park and have a run around. The drone wasn't suitable for my kids to fly, but they loved watching it and running after it. The on board camera, also captured some great moments of us playing together outside.


Take Robots Outside

Tracy's kids have a Sphero Ollie, which is an ideal outdoor robot. If it's hard to tear the kids away from their tech, encourage them to take the tech outdoors. The batteries will soon run out and then you'll be out and about to play, run and enjoy the fresh air!


Outdoor Tech Toys

Last year we did see quite a few new tech products come on the market to encourage kids to get active with tech outdoors. Products like Hackaball, a programmable ball to catch and throw outside, and Technology Will Save Us Mover Kit, a wearable device to programme games and activities, encourage kids to create things with tech specifically to use outdoors.


Track Activity with Wearables

Talking of wearables, there are loads of options here. Fitness trackers, like Fitbit or Garmin, can motivate kids to stay active as they try to reach specific targets and earn badges. There's even a Pokemon Go wearable, and we all know by now, you need to do a lot of outdoor walking to play Pokemon Go!
There is no need that your kids love of tech should stop your family from staying active and having fun outdoors!

Happy New Year and wishing you achieve your goals for this year.



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