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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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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'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.

Wonder Workshop Add CleverBots Cue and Dot Creativity Kit


Wonder Workshop has announced a new robot, CleverBot Cue, specifically designed with older children in mind. Cue is a programmable robot and is available in white or black. They have also announced a creativity kit for Dot, which includes a green version of the robot!

Dash and Dot, Wonder Workshop's first robots, are fantastic robots to help kids learn about robotics and coding. They have a ton of educational content, competitions and use a graphical coding language to teach children about robotics and learn to code. We've written lots about Dash and Dot here on Tech Age Kids and think they are a good choice for school and home.

Wonder Workshop now has a really good family of robots starting with Dot aimed at young children (6+) and Dash with it's fun and curious personality and now Cue (for 11+) with a more grown-up experience.

CleverBot Cue

Unlike some other robots for older children, Cue comes already built. So the focus is more on what you can do and how you interact with the robot than learning how to build it. Cue comes packed with technology which lets you interact in real-time. It's Dash with a major upgrade!

You'll use a block-based or text-based Javascript programming language on the Swift Playground to code the robot. Children can select a personality/avatar for their Cue. We're pleased to see there are boy and girl versions! The fact that Cue is white or black also helps to appeal to girls and boys alike.

Cue connects to a mobile device via Bluetooth so you will need the new Cue app (available on Andriod, iOS and Amazon) and a device to operate the robot. A fun feature that will appeal to modern children is the chat mode. Cue uses AI technology to send and receive messages by answering questions, telling jokes and more. Learn more on the Wonder Workshop website.




Dot Creativity Kit

The Dot Creativity Kit is the same blue Dot robot, (but it's green) and still works with the Wonder, Blockly and Go Wonder Workshop apps. But the kit comes with a bunch of accessories to inspire creativity.

We strongly believe kids need to learn design and coding skills and this kit offers a great way for them to learn them. The kit also includes the LEGO adapters and loads of plastic and cardboard accessories to allow children to play and learn at the same time.

Dot has an endearing personality and will appeal to a wide range of children, but is a good choice for younger children.



Cue and Dot will ship from 28 September 2017.

UPDATE: Read our hands-on review of the Dot Creativity Kit.

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