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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.

Starter Kits for the BBC micro:bit


In this post, we look at BBC micro:bit starter kits and project kits. The micro:bit is a fab mini computer for beginners. It's straightforward to program and compatible with lots of readily available electronics. But when you're just getting started it's great to have a kit of components that you know are compatible and some projects that you can work through to learn the basics.

In this post, we'll focus on general purpose kits with electronics components. There are also several robot and buggy kits for the micro:bit which we'll cover in a future post.

Some kits include a micro:bit, others are just add-ons and for others, you can choose between versions with and without a micro:bit.

Note that if you already have a micro:bit it really doesn't hurt to have another one. When you make something cool you don't want to take it apart immediately!


There are various kits available to suit different ability levels and interests. Whether you want to focus on just electronics or combine it with crafting or sewing there are kits available.

U:Create


U:Create offer a starter kit that includes the micro:bit with battery pack and USB cable, but we'd suggest getting their Project Kit which also includes crocodile clip leads, 3 coloured LEDs, a speaker and a small breadboard as well as projects that you can complete with these components.

The U:Create kit is great if you don't have a micro:bit at all as it includes everything you need to get started.

Kitronik e-textiles


We really like Kitronik's e-textiles kit for the micro:bit. It includes lots of LEDS, plus conductive thread, and you also get crocodile clips that you can sew into projects and then use to attach and connect the micro:bit. Kitronik have project ideas on their website that you can make using the kit.

The micro:bit works really well in e-textile projects as it's small and portable and this kit makes it easy to get some compatible components with the accessories you need to make projects.

This kit does not include a micro:bit.


BinaryBots



BinaryBots offer two kits which will appeal to younger children (age 8+.) They combine a micro:bit with cardboard models to make and easy to use electronics components. 


There's a BinaryBots Dimm Robot and a UFO. 


The kits have accompanying projects that are available online. 

These kits do include a micro:bit.

Tech Will Save Us micro:Craft Kit

Tech Will Save Us offer a micro:Craft kit which puts the focus on crafting with the micro:bit and includes Sugru moldable glue and conductive tape plus a speaker and lots of cables.

There are projects to get you started and experimenting to come up with your own ideas is encouraged once you've mastered the basics. 

This kit is available with or without a micro:bit (and also in a bundle with a micro:bit buggy kit.)

Inventors Kit



The Inventors Kit is an official kit that allows you to get more advanced with the micro:bit. It exposes the additional pins on the micro:bit and includes lots of electronics components to experiment with. You also get 10 projects that can be completed using the kit. 

The inventors kit is suitable for more experienced users who have mastered the basics.

This kit does not include micro:bit.

SparkFun Inventor's Kit for micro:bit


The micro:bit has now been released in the US and SparkFun have put together an advanced starter kit for the micro:bit. It includes plenty of LEDs and resistors, a servo motor, a speaker and a range of other electrical components.

You also get an edge connector to access additional pins on the micro:bit plus breadboard and jumper wires and crocodile clips.

The kit includes a micro:bit with a battery pack and USB cable.

There's also an experiments guide to go with this set to help you get started with putting projects together.

micro:bit Playground



The micro:bit Playground is a kit designed for educational use which uses single cables instead of needing to use two crocodile clip leads (which can be fiddly for younger children) to connect a component.

There's a micro:bit Playground starter kit and you can add on additional components.

This kit is available with or without a micro:bit so check carefully.


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