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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.

Top Coding Kits and Gifts for Teens Aged 13+ - Expert Picks


This is our list of recommended educational coding products for teenagers aged 13+. At this age young people are capable of a lot. They're usually confident with a keyboard and able to cope with text-based programming languages. They're also more able to work with physical components and tools.

For teens who haven't tried coding or electronics before and might be more cautious, we'd recommend looking at our 8-12 age range list as lots of the products are still relevant at this age.


  1. Codakid Subscription Coding Courses

    Codakid provides a subscription service to coding courses for children ages 8+. If you have a teen, that's not had an opportunity to engage with coding, their courses provide a well thought out program to learning coding in topics and themes teens care about.

    Read our hands-on review of the Codakid Platform and what you can expect from your subscription. (COMING SOON)



  2. Simply Coding JavaScript Game Design

    Simply Coding offers a range of coding courses for kids and young people. Their Game Design course using JavaScript, a useful programming language to know as it's widely used to built interactive websites.

    There are lots of websites where kids can learn to code, but it can be useful to have a bit more support and more structured all-in-one experience.

    It's also nice to have a physical gift to give and this course includes a free 8GB USB drive which is always handy for coders wanting to store their projects and move them around. The kit includes an access code for the online course. Learners also get access to live chat assistance and online help from mentors is also available at certain times.



  3. KOOKYE LilyPad Kit

    The KOOKYE LilyPad starter kit combines Arduino coding with sewable electronics. The kit includes the materials to make four projects: plush character, glowing pin, costume mask and nightlight pennant.

    Teens can work through the included projects to develop their skills and then move on to creating their own wearables and gadgets using the LilyPad wearable electronic platform.



  4. Raspberry Pi Kit

    A Raspberry Pi Kit is a good option for 13-year-olds who want to learn to code and get started with physical computing. The Raspberry Pi is a full computer that is inexpensive and ideal for learning how computers work. If you mess things up on a Raspberry Pi it's easy to get back to a good state.

    There are lots of beginner books and courses available for the Raspberry Pi which makes it a great education platform. The Pi is widely used by hobbyists and makers so there's are plenty of more advanced resources available too.



  5. Makeblock Ultimate

    Makeblock is a great platform to get involved in. The powdered metal parts are great quality and the robots and machines you build can be programmed with Arduino which is a widely used platform for hobby and prototype electronics.

    Makeblock also makes cool kits for adult robotics hobbyists including a laser engraver and 3D printer. This means that there's a plenty of scope for progressing onto more complex projects in the same platform.



  6. CoDrone Pro Programmable Drone

    A drone is a pretty cool bit of kit for a teenager, but we think a programmable done is even better. The CoDrone Pro can be programmed using the Arduino environment and a series of lessons is available online.

    Robolink, the company behind CoDrone, is focussed on STEM education and has announced that they are working on an NGSS-aligned curriculum so there should be further content available in future.



  7. Arduino Starter Kit

    We've already mentioned Arduino. For a solid grounding in the Arduino platform, the Arduino Starter Kit is a good option. It includes a project book with the components and accessories to make several projects. There's also video content available to explain concepts and projects.

    See our full review of the Arduino Starter Kit for more information.









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