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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.

GIFT GUIDES$show=/search/label/gift%20guide

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.

CODING$show=/search/label/coding

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.

ELECTRONICS$show=/search/label/electronics

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.

ROBOTICS$show=/search/label/robotics

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.

MAKING AND CRAFT$show=/search/label/making

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.

Inspiring Families to Explore Creative Tech at BFX Family Weekend 2017


Last weekend we partnered with Bournemouth University at the BFX Family Weekend to inspire families to explore creative technology, animation, coding, micro:bit, craft with tech and more. It was a busy weekend with over a 1000 parents, grandparents and children finding new (and old - thanks to the Computing Museum) ways to explore computers and technology.


BFX Family Weekend comes at the end of the BFX Festival hosted by the Bournemouth University. "BFX Competition identifies and encourages the next wave of talent in VFX and Animation production, while the BFX Festival is designed to raise the profile of Bournemouth as a centre of excellence for the creative industries by showcasing the very best in animation, VFX and Games from around the world."

At Tech Age Kids, we believe it's so important for children to learn new literacies and skills to be able to express themselves and understand the world around them. Events like this one help families to expose their children and teens to new and interesting technologies and career paths.


Products, Activities and Tech

We're proud to support this work and use our industry expertise to introduce families to a range of creative tech products and resources.



Some of the products, activities, and tech we showcased at the weekend included:



We were also delighted to share the weekend with awesome people on the same mission from Diary Zapp, Creative Kids, Computing Museum, AUB (stop motion animation workshop) and Bournemouth University.


micro:bit Workshop

We were delighted to showcase Bonus Projects for our new book micro:bit in Wonderland (available from the end of November.) Inspired by the story of Alice written by Lewis Carroll, the projects help children (and adults) explore making and coding with the micro:bit

The minicomputer offers a fantastic and affordable way for families to learn computing and design skills. To learn more about the book go to alice.techagekids.com


Mission to Inspire

Life is hectic and we know teachers and parents are stretched. We write a lot of content for the Tech Age Kids blog to help people find interesting products and projects to explore the creative side of technology and coding. If you're not signed up to our mailing list, it's the easiest way to stay informed. We send out an email once a week with all the new content and that is it! You never know, you may just discover something new that inspires you!




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