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.

Roundup of London Toy Fair 2017 | Kid Tech & STEM

This time of year is always really busy with Toy Fairs and product announcements for the toy industry. This year the London Toy Fair and The Bett (British Education Training and Technology) Show took place in the same week.

Based in the UK, Tech Age Kids went along to visit both events in London. In this post we will highlight all the amazing kid and family tech products we saw at London Toy Fair. Many products are only due to hit to store from Spring 2017 and onward. (The Bett Show Roundup is coming soon.)

The London Toy Fair is noticeably smaller than others and often companies hold off on their big announcements for either Spielwarenmesse in Nuremburg, Germany or the New York Toy Fair which is taking place next month.

This year, we went on the last day of the London Toy Fair. It was much quieter and we got a chance to speak to many inventors and companies. It was also great to see friends and people we've backed on Kickstarter in the Green House area, namely, Simbrix and Beasts of Balance. We've seen lots of new robots, developments of AR in toys and books, and drones for children. Our list is in no particular order.

  1. Spinmaster

    Spinmaster showed two new exciting robots, the Meccaspider and M.A.X. Both robots are significantly smaller than Meccanoid, but still buildable and programmable. Both will operate with an app via bluetooth and it looks like M.A.X. also sports some AI technology. If you're looking for a buildable Meccano robot that's not going to take 6 hours to build (our experience with building Meccanoid) then this could just be the robot for your family. The Meccaspider also had a function to shoot venom - how cool!

    Also from Spinmaster are the new Airhogs with AR. A 5ft play mat transform the real world into a virtual world, where you can race your cars using a mobile app. It looks like there will be single and multipacks available. There's also the new DR1 microdrone with auto-stabilising technology, making it much easier for young people to fly drones. These products will be available from August 2017.

    We also got to see Hatchimals, who won Toy of the Year in the Toy Industry Awards. They are cute and entertaining little birds, that need nurturing to hatch out of an egg.
    (Unfortunately we were not able to take any photos!)
  2. Mardles

    Mardles is launching a series of five books which come to life using AR technology. The illustrations are beautiful and the stories are written in rhyme. The books make great bedtime stories with or without the added AR technology!

    We love their new sticker books in 3 different themes, which now brings the AR stickers into background scenes. They also have masks, which comes to life through their app. Parents will appreciate that the Mardles app is available for iOS, Andriod AND Amazon Fire, and requires no registration or in-app purchases. Big thumbs up from Tech Age Kids.

  3. Arckit

    We finally had the pleasure of meeting the team from Arckit and have a hands-on play with the Arckit set. We love everything about it and really excited to see the company embrace the maker kid market. Design thinking is an essential part of preparing kids for the future and Arckit brings a new form of making to kids. We're looking forward to add some tech to the Arckit sets! Watch this space. Update: See our ArcKit review.

  4. Clementoni

    Clementoni had two new programmable robots that caught our eye. DOC is a programmable robot that comes with a play mat, instruction cards and game mode, for young kids. It doesn't require a tablet and looks and feels really robust.

    The Evolution Robot, is targetted at an older age range, programmable and includes a bunch of sensors. The model we saw, showed the inner workings of the robot, which we really liked!

  5. Engino

    Engino really gets gender neutrality. Their products come in a range of colours appealing to boys and girls. They do however have a range, Inventor Girl, specifically targeted at getting more girls interested in STEM. We were interested in their new STEM Heroes kits which are small STEM inspired building kits. When you collect three kits in a series, you can build a bigger model - a bit like LEGO Mixels.

    The buildable and programmable Robotics Kits come either with or without bluetooth connectivity. They are developed for teaching robotics programmaing to primary and secondary school ages. The kit comes with an impressive app to help build and programme the various robotic models. There is a lot of scope for creativity and Engino wants to encourage kids to build their own creations.

    Engino also launched a new building toy for little kids, called Qzoids. They are very similar in form and function as the classic Engino build kits, but much easier to build and pull apart. Engino kits come with excellent STEM material, including fascinating information about historical characters. We love that!

  6. Thames and Kosmos

    Thames and Kosmos announced 12 new board games at the show. The Egyptian building games called Imhotep, looked really interesting for logical thinking and strategy skills. It's aimed at 10+ for 2 - 4 players.

    We were pleased to see the Geckobot in action, it's finally being realised here in the UK. It's an impressive piece of engineering.

    We also looked at their new robotics kit - the Robotics Workshop, which comes with motors and build pieces to construct a robotic arm. The kit is programmable using a Blockly style coding platform.
  7. WowWee

    We were able to see some of WowWee's new offerings, including the little red Elmoji robot developed with Sesame Street.

    They have a range of new puppies, called Chippies which look like smaller versions of Chip and works with a remote control. The new Fingerlings, are plastic monkeys with fur hair on their heads, which wrap around your finger and respond to you stroking them.
  8. 3Doodler Start

    We reviewed 3Doodler Start last year and absolutely love it. It was really exciting to see their 3 new activity kits - Robotics, Product Design and Architecture. Each activity kit will come either with or without the 3Doodler Start pen. The robotics kit will include a motor to make your creature move.

  9. Learning Resources

    Learning Resources make fantastic toys for the education and home education market. They won Best New Toy in the STEM category for the Playground Engineering and Design Building Set. It comes with activity cards with challenges for kids to solve. Kids are introduced to a variety of engineering and design concepts.

    The Zoomy 2.0 handheld digital microscope looks brilliant for curious kids. We were really impressed with the quality of the magnification.

  10. Bladez Toys

    Bladez Toys have partnered with Hot Wheels to create a Hot Wheels mini drone, Quad Racerz, which works on the Hot Wheels tracks. It's a great invention for families who already own a lot of Hot Wheels track, but kids have grown out of playing with their toy cars! This car will fly off the track. Like Hot Wheels cars, these RC Quad Racerz will be available in collectible packs. (No photos allowed)
  11. Lottie Dolls

    We love Lottie dolls, because they look like children, doing every day kid-kinda things. Lottie dolls also inspire kids to dream big and this year they launched a new dress-up set for Lottie - the Spacesuit! The company responded to the market following Lottie's travels into space with Tim Peake.
  12. Simbrix

    It was brilliant to catch up with Assim from Simbrix. The two-dimensional pixel building blocks are still top in our craft activity kits for kids. They are launching some new kits this year, so keep following us to hear the latest. Did you know you can get individual colour packs if you're running out of specific colours for your designs?

  13. Beasts of Balance

    Sensibe Object, was showing off their fabulous game, Beasts of Balance. It was a great honour to meet co-founder Alex, and get some inside news on upcoming developments for the game. Our lips are sealed and we can't wait to share the exciting news in the coming months. Do check out our review of the Beast of Balance game, it is currently our top family "board" game!
  14. Hubelino

    Hubelino caught my eye, as they make a LEGO Duplo compatible marble run. Made in Germany, the marble run construction kits come either including building blocks or without. If, like our family, you have a ton of LEGO Duplo blocks, the Hubelino marble run is a brilliant add-on toy. My kids still love building with Duplo and making marble runs, I can't think of a better combination!

  15. Jumboo

    Jumboo are 3D paper craft kits made in India. There are loads of different themes, from making paper flowers to crafting moving vehicles. The kits come with all the materials needed, including glue, to make the models. We loved the Merry Go Round and Ferris Wheel kits, both with mechanical moving parts! These kits, could potentially work really well with an electronics kit, to make some tech-craft!

  16. Stikbot

    Stikbot is expanding the range with pets and accessories. We love the Zanimation Studio and reviewed it last year. The add-ons will definitely be popular and expand the possibilities in animation creation.

  17. Seedling

    Seedling is a brand we love and looks like they are bringing their tech range to the UK. We love the Marble Run kit which works with VR technology and been available in the US since before Christmas. They also have a cardboard VR viewer and headphones kit you can customise.

  18. Kurio

    Kurio is launching new colours for their popular kids smartwatch range. We definitely prefer the new colours, white, black and purple! Kurio is a brand building smart devices for kids ranging from smartwatches to tablets and hybrid laptops. It runs off an Andriod platform and you can access apps via Google Play. It comes with built in parent controls and proprietary software. The Kurio Smart runs Windows and Microsoft Office, it is a 2 in 1 device as the keyboard unclips, you can then use it as a tablet.

  19. Gesturebotics Aura

    At the end of the day we met Dr Pramod Abichandani from LocoRobo, focused on building solutions to teach kids coding and robotics. They developed Gesturebotics Aura a gesture controlled flying robot. He kindly gave us a demonstration where he used a glove to control the movements of a mini drone encased in a plastic cage. Gesturebotics Aura is set to be available from Autumn / Winter 2017 and aimed at teens and up.

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