NEWS$show=/search/label/news

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.

REVIEWS$show=/search/label/review

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.

PROJECTS$show=/search/label/project

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.

How to Play with LEGO: It's okay to break the sets up!


It's come to our attention that some people don't know how children should play with LEGO. We thought we'd better address that.

We've written before about people claiming that the new LEGO sets restrict creativity. Short version: only if you let them! It's not the sets that are the problem.

LEGO is a fantastic tool for developing STEM skills that can take kids right through from their toddler years to their teens and even into adulthood. But only if they make the most of it and for some kids, this might require a bit of adult guidance or sometimes adults getting out of the way!

My kids were at peak LEGO from around age 3-7, then the digital world pushed it out somewhat. They still play with LEGO sometimes and ask for LEGO sets for birthday and Christmas, but it doesn't absorb them for every spare waking hour as it once did.

A few things have recently rekindled their LEGO obsession, the LEGO Masters TV series and a recent LEGO workshop with a master builder who told all the parents to encourage their kids to break up the models they've bought and make new things with the bricks and develop skills to imagine and build their own creations. This really resonated with us, we've always permitted the kids to break up their models after a while (yes, with a little hesitancy for expensive sets!), but we realised we hadn't been doing enough to encourage them to develop their LEGO skills.

  1. Step 1 is choosing and building a set that appeals to a child. My kids have never had the slightest interest in LEGO City / Friends, superheroes or vehicles. But they love Ninjago, Chima, and LEGO Elves. Star Wars gets an occasional look in too. Building the sets is fantastic for developing instruction following techniques, but it's also important for learning LEGO building techniques. Kids find out how certain bricks can be used together. LEGO often make videos with the set designers that explain their choices, these are fantastic and give additional insight into the sets. 
  2. Next kids play with the sets as they came. They keep them as complete sets that are stored with all their pieces on a shelf or in a cupboard or just kept out on a play table. My kids love watching the accompanying TV series or movies and then reenacting them with the sets. Then there's making their own stories up, loosely based on the universe that the set comes from. 
  3. After some time playing with a set on its own or with others from the same theme, play starts to blend with other sets. Themes get mixed up and adaptations get made. Kids make their own improvements to sets and larger scenes to play with. 
  4. Next, the focus moves to another set or an idea of their own. Parts get borrowed from sets to make something new. Eventually, a set gets reduced to individual parts ready to be made into something else. (This step can be scary for parents who spent a lot of money on a LEGO set.) Kids apply the building skills they learned in Step 1 and develop their own signature techniques. 
  5.  Next kids play with the creations they made themselves and keep going around the loop as they get new sets to add to the mix. We recommend adding in some boxes of Classic Lego to help with custom builds and setting LEGO challenges so kids can develop their design and building skills. 
  6. LEGO is also great for practical making when you need a custom container or case for something or a physical part for a tech project. Much as we love 3D printing and laser cutters, making stuff from LEGO is often faster and allows kids to be more independent. 
  7. Eventually, many kids will move on to more technical building with LEGO Technic (though as we've said before the range for girls is limited.)
  8. Being able to design your own LEGO technic machines and contraptions requires a lot of engineering skill, much of which can again be acquired through building boxed sets.
  9. Then there's combining LEGO with electronics and robotics. There's LEGO Boost for younger kids and LEGO Mindstorms EV3 for the older ones. LEGO Boost takes kids through the make-play-adapt-design cycle whereas LEGO Mindstorms is more focused on function than play, but follows a similar cycle. 
LEGO has recently announced that they're restructuring the company because it's got too complicated and they are losing kids to digital play. Let's hope they get things sorted and come out even stronger because LEGO really is awesome stuff - if you know how to use it.


Name

2013,13,3d printing,5,3DTin,2,accessories,1,activities,1,adafruit,1,adventure games,1,amazon,12,amazon fire,2,amazon prime,1,android,6,angry birds,1,animation,6,anki,1,app,18,app toy,4,app toys,8,appcessories,1,apple,1,apps,25,arcbotics,1,architecture,4,arckit,9,arduino,33,art,1,artificial intelligence,5,astronauts,2,astronomy,1,augmented reality,11,automaton,1,awards,1,battle bots,2,battling robots,2,bedtime,1,big kids,99,big tablets,1,bigtrak,1,bike,1,binary,1,birthday,4,bitsbox,1,black friday,2,blockly,1,blogging,1,bloxels,1,bluetooth,2,board games,7,books,34,boolean box,1,breadboard,2,bricks,1,brixo,1,buying guide,5,camera,4,cameras,1,card game,1,careers,2,catroid,1,celebration,1,cellphone,1,ces,2,chemistry,2,chess,1,christmas,42,circuit cubes,1,circuit playground,8,circuit scribe,10,cleaning,1,climbing,1,code clubs,1,code-a-pillar,1,codebug,1,coder,2,coding,169,cognitive learning,1,communication,1,comparison,1,competition/challenges,9,computational thinking,3,computer,2,computer games,1,computer science,2,computer vision,2,computers,1,computing,1,conductive playdough,2,connected toys,7,construction,40,conversational ai,1,cozmo,1,craft,34,craft cutter,3,creative thinking,1,creativity,3,crochet,1,crowdfunding,119,css,1,cubs,1,curiosity,1,curious chip,1,cyber monday,1,dads,1,data,1,deals,4,dens,2,design,10,design process,1,design thinking,7,digital parenting,2,digital skills,13,disability,1,disney infinity,1,dog tech,1,dolls,2,drawing,2,drones,2,duinokit,1,earth day,1,Easter,4,ebooks,11,eco,1,edblocks,1,edison,5,edtech,1,education,79,egypt,1,electricity,1,electronic pets,2,electronic toys,2,electronics,141,electronics kit,3,electronics kits,1,electtronics,1,elementary,1,elenco,2,energy,1,engineering,17,entertainment,1,ereader,1,ereaders,6,esafety,1,escape the room,1,event,21,ewriter,1,exercise,4,family,12,family tech,2,fathers day,1,Festival of Code,1,fiction,1,fitness tracker,2,flotilla,3,flow charts,1,flutterbye fairy,1,flying,1,force awakens,2,force friday,2,future,2,gadgets,36,games,35,games console,2,games consoles,8,gaming,3,gift guide,53,gifts,12,girls,23,giveaway,4,glow in the dark,1,google,1,grace hopper,1,grove,1,hackaball,2,hacksoton,1,halloween,12,halloween costumes,1,hardware,2,headphones,1,health,1,hexbug,3,hexbug aquabots,1,hexbug project,1,high school,1,history,26,home,1,home education,2,homeschool,4,hot toys,7,hour of code,3,html,4,humanoid,4,ICT,1,in app purchasing,1,indiegogo,13,industry event,9,innotab,5,innotab 3,3,innotab 3s,1,internet access,1,interviews,1,invention,4,ios,3,IoT,4,ipad,7,ipad mini,1,iphone,2,jacquard,1,japan,1,java,1,javascript,5,k'nex,7,k'nex robotics,1,kano,8,keyboard,1,kickstarter,91,kids,3,kindle,5,kindle fire,8,kit,2,kits,5,kodu,1,kubo,1,label printer,1,languages,1,laptop,1,laptops,1,last minute,1,leap motion,1,leapfrog,2,leappad,7,leappad 2,3,leappad ultra,3,leappad2,1,leapreader,1,learning,5,learning resources,5,learning tablet,2,learning tablets,9,leds,2,lego,36,lego boost,1,lego chain reactions,1,lego mindstorms ev3,5,lego power functions,2,lego technic,5,lego wedo,2,let's start coding,1,lights,1,lightseekers,1,little kids,110,littlebits,16,logiblocs,1,logic,3,logical thinking,4,loom,1,machines,1,magnetic,1,make it,2,makeblock,16,makedo,1,maker,6,makey makey,6,making,54,mardles,1,mars,1,mars rover,1,marty,1,math,3,maths,1,mbot,6,mbot ranger,1,me arm,1,meccano,6,meccanoid,5,meccanoid 2.0,1,merge vr,1,mews,1,michael faraday,1,micro:bit,9,microbit,6,microcontroller,5,microscope,1,microsoft,2,middle school,6,miles kelly,1,mindstorms,3,minecraft,21,minecraft mods,1,mixed reality,1,mobile,1,modular electronics,2,monsters university,1,morse code,2,mothers day,4,motion capture,1,motors,2,mover kit,3,movie,1,movies,4,mu,1,mu toys,1,munzee,1,music,10,my first robot,2,national dog day,1,nature,1,new year,1,news,168,news coding,1,nikola tesla,1,nintendo,2,nintendo switch,2,ohbot,3,ollie,3,on the web,1,opinion,19,origami,1,osmo,4,outdoors,13,ouya,1,ozobot,10,papercraft,3,parental controls,2,parenting,34,parrot,1,pc,1,people,8,pet tech,2,pets,3,phone,1,photography,1,photon,1,physics,3,pi day,1,picks,2,pimoroni,1,pinoccio,1,pixel kit,1,pixelart,4,play,2,playstation 4,3,plezmo,1,pocket code,1,pocket money,1,pokemon,4,pokemon go,4,poll,1,pre order,1,pre-teens,1,prehistory,1,preschoolers,41,primary,41,printable,1,products,34,professor einstein,1,programming,15,project,102,projects,11,puzzles,4,python,10,racing,1,raspberry pi,29,reading,12,reivew,1,remote control,1,research,3,resource,34,resources,2,retro,2,review,219,rights,1,robot,10,robot dog,1,robot fish,1,robot wars,3,ROBOTERRA,1,roboticals,1,robotics,32,robots,140,role models,1,role play,1,romo,1,romotive,1,root,1,rover,1,safety,2,sam labs,6,samuel morse,1,sandbox,1,schools,3,science,16,scratch,44,scratchjr,2,screen time,2,screenless,15,screens,1,sensors,5,servos,1,simbrix,7,skills,1,skylanders,3,skylanders superchargers,1,skylanders swap force,1,smart pens,1,smartphone,1,smartwatch,1,snap circuits,2,social media,1,solar power,2,soldering,2,sonic pi,1,sony koov,1,sound,3,space,8,sparki,2,speaker,3,speech sythesis,1,sphero,12,sphero mini,1,spider,2,star wars,6,stars,1,STEAM,1,stem,10,stikbot,1,stop motion,2,stop motion studio,1,storage,1,story,2,strawbees,2,students,1,subscription,5,subscriptions,1,sugru,1,summer,7,swift,1,tablet,2,tablets,23,tangible coding,2,tech,3,tech age,1,tech craft,4,tech is bad,7,tech is good,4,tech toys,21,tech will save us,10,technology,2,technology will save us,3,teens,61,teknikio,3,tekno,1,teksta,1,tenka labs,1,tesla,1,textiles,1,thames & kosmos,2,the extraordinaires,1,tim berners lee,1,tinkercad,1,tinybop,3,toddlers,8,toot-toot,1,top pick,4,touch,1,toy,1,toys,5,travelling,1,TV,1,tween,1,tweens,118,tynker,2,typing,1,ux,1,vehicles,1,videos,3,view-master,1,views,10,virtual reality,8,voice assistants,1,voice recognition,2,vtech,8,web,2,websites,1,wifi,1,wii,2,wii u,2,windows 8,1,wonder workshop,9,wowwee,2,writing,7,writing. education,1,xbox one,2,xyzprinting,1,
ltr
item
Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children: How to Play with LEGO: It's okay to break the sets up!
How to Play with LEGO: It's okay to break the sets up!
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BEauvjuJ1SY/Wcuo-jDofsI/AAAAAAAAGRg/rSN2gpcHwFk0dgob-hZnOstq1ILVv3PggCLcBGAs/s640/how%2Bto%2Bplay%2Bwith%2Blego%2Bhead.png
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-BEauvjuJ1SY/Wcuo-jDofsI/AAAAAAAAGRg/rSN2gpcHwFk0dgob-hZnOstq1ILVv3PggCLcBGAs/s72-c/how%2Bto%2Bplay%2Bwith%2Blego%2Bhead.png
Tech Age Kids | Technology for Children
https://www.techagekids.com/2017/10/how-to-play-with-lego-its-okay-to-break.html
https://www.techagekids.com/
https://www.techagekids.com/
https://www.techagekids.com/2017/10/how-to-play-with-lego-its-okay-to-break.html
true
15639169850959392
UTF-8
Loaded All Posts Not found any posts VIEW ALL Readmore Reply Cancel reply Delete By Home PAGES POSTS View All RECOMMENDED FOR YOU LABEL ARCHIVE SEARCH ALL POSTS Not found any post match with your request Back Home Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat January February March April May June July August September October November December Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec just now 1 minute ago $$1$$ minutes ago 1 hour ago $$1$$ hours ago Yesterday $$1$$ days ago $$1$$ weeks ago more than 5 weeks ago Followers Follow THIS PREMIUM CONTENT IS LOCKED STEP 1: Share to a social network STEP 2: Click the link on your social network Copy All Code Select All Code All codes were copied to your clipboard Can not copy the codes / texts, please press [CTRL]+[C] (or CMD+C with Mac) to copy