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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.

Top Coding Toys and Gifts for Preschoolers Aged 3-4: Expert Picks


We've put together a list of our favourite coding toys and gifts for preschoolers aged 3-4. Yes, there are products for pre-readers that will help them develop coding skills.

UK computing pioneer Dame Stephanie Shirley suggested that children as young as two should be learning to code. She's absolutely right that really young children can develop coding skills in the right environment.


  1. Primo Cubetto - 3+

    Primo's Cubetto robot takes a Montessori style approach to teaching kids to code. It's a wooden robot that is programmed by placing wooden blocks into a tray, it's hands-on and doesn't require a screen to operate. Primo will be very at home in design conscious households. It's a great option for some quality parent and child time.

    UPDATE 2018: Code and Colour is the latest kit for Cubetto this year. It's an add-on kit for the wooden robot.

    Review: See our full review of Cubetto for more information.

  2. Code and Learn Spaceship

    The Learning Journey International have launched a new little Code and Learn Robot in the form of a Spaceship. The kit comes with a grid and instruction cards. Young children can learn the basics of programming without the need of a tablet. The toy works with an infrared remote and requires AA and AAA batteries.

    Code and Learn Spaceship is available from Amazon.
  3. Alex Toys Coding 4+

    ALEX Toys have release a new range of Future Coders activity sets. Their Future Coders Robot Races Coding Skills Kit includes a big play mat that kids actually stand on to play a coding game. The kit includes a timer and challenge cards. Kids have to plan their moves with direction tiles to complete challenges. A great way to combine physical activity with learning to code.


  4. Fisher Price Code-a-Pillar

    Code a Pillar is programmed by sequencing its body segments. It's noisy and it needs a lot of space but it's really appealing to young children. We've found that older siblings love programming Code a pillar too. We've seen Code a Pillar discounted since it's initial release. See our review of the Fisher Price Code a Pillar.


  5. Elmoji 3+ / Coji 4+

    Last year WowWee brought out the Coji coding robot for children aged 4+ and this year they've created Elmoji, an Elmo-themed version of the robot for children from age 3+. These robots are programmed using Emoji symbols so they can be used by children who haven't yet learned to read. These robots have connected apps so you need a smart device to program them and use connected features. You can read our review of Coji.


  6. Code & Go Mouse - 5+

    We really like the Code & Go Mouse range from Learning Resources. Kids program a mouse using its buttons to navigate a maze to find the cheese. It's not quite as accurate as more expensive floor robots, but we've found that it's good enough and offers great value for money. Parents will really appreciate that it comes with lots of activity cards so kids can set up challenges to solve. This means that it's easy to see how to use the set to develop children's coding skills. Learning Resources recommend the Code & Go Mouse for age 5+, but we think that kids who are keen will get a lot from it at a slightly younger age. Read our full hands-on review.


  7. Botley The Coding Robot

    NEW FOR 2018
    Botley The Coding Robot is a new addition this year from Learning Resources and is aimed at children 5+, however we think it's accessible to younger children and you may get more life out of your robot by investing in one earlier. We've reviewed Botley earlier this year and it's fantastic. Read our full hands-on review.


  8. A tablet

    One of the most useful gifts to help a child learn to code is a tablet. There are lots of excellent apps that help children learn to code and also many coding toys such as Elmoji/Coji require a connected device. An iPad is a great option as there are some fantastic iOS games that teach kids to code. But there are also some great options for the Amazon Fire tablets if you're on a tight budget.


  9. First Coding Book - 5+

    DK's My First Coding Book by Kiki Prottsman is recommended for age 5+, but again we'd go younger on this one for children who are interesting in coding and have some support at home. The book introduced early coding concepts through hands-on paper-based activities. Kids can learn important computing concepts before they start coding on a computer.



Coding Toys Gift Ideas for Other Age Groups


  • Coding Toys for Little Kids - ages 5-7
  • Coding Toys for Big Kids - ages 8-10
  • Coding Toys and Kits for Tweens - ages 10-12
  • Coding Kits for Teens - ages 13+
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