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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.

New Coding Toys for 2018


Coding toys are still going strong for 2018. In this post, we take a look at what's new this year so you can find the very latest products that teach kids to code. We'll take a look at the new offerings from all of our favourite brands such as Sphero, KANO and Wonder Workshop.



Learning Resources Botley

Learning Resources have an extensive range of educational products for younger children. In recent years they have added coding toys and Botley is their new coding robots for this year.

Botley is a floor robot that is programmed using a remote control and comes with a range of accessories. Botley is screen-free, no tablet required.

Botley is designed for children aged 5-9 and you can find out more in our hands-on review.




Thames & Kosmos Kids First Coding and Robotics

The Kids First Coding and Robotics kit includes Sammy, a floor robot that scans physical coding cards and then runs the program. 

The kit also includes building blocks so you can build different robots on the same base. Another novel feature is the gear that allows you to build a grabber or moving arms. 

The Coding and Robotics kit is designed for children aged 4+. 



Sphero BOLT

Sphero made one of the first modern programmable educational robots for children. They have regularly released new versions of the robotic ball. 

This year's new model is the Sphero BOLT, an update on the SPRK+ which adds a programmable LED grid and additional sensors. 

Sphero is for kids aged around 8+ but some younger kids will enjoy it too. There's lots of educational content available and the new LEDs and sensors add lots of additional possibilities for play and learning. 




KANO Harry Potter Wand

The KANO Harry Potter Wand is a firm favourite for this year from Tech Age Kids. It's a programmable wand that works with a tablet app.

Kids can use drag and drop blocks to create apps that can be controlled using a wand which has sensors and a coloured LED light. The apps use graphics from the Harry Potter universe. Kids learn to code using themed challenges and can then create their own projects.

See our hands-on review of the KANO Harry Potter Wand.




Wonder Workshop Sketch Kit

Dash & Dot and their new older sibling Cue are well-established coding robots for kids. They are here to stay. This year's new addition is the Sketch Kit, a programmable drawing add-on for Dash and Cue.

This is a great add-on. In our experience, kids always find a way to add a pen to a floor robot so that it can draw. An official add-on with activity cards and support in the app is a great idea.

Dash is designed for children aged around 6+ while Cue targets the 11+ age group with more sophisticated coding and drawing.




LEGO Boost - new compatible sets

LEGO Boost is a great beginner construction and coding kit for kids aged around 7-12.

This year LEGO have released two new sets that are compatible with LEGO Boost. This means that as well as being able to build the models that come with Boost you can use the electronics with these new set.

The LEGO Ninjago Stormbringer Dragon and the LEGO City Arctic Scout Truck can be used with LEGO Boost to turn them into programmable robotic toys.




Let's Start Coding 

Let's Start Coding make beginner electronics board for children which introduce them to text-based coding and the Arduino platform.

We have previously reviewed their Starter and Ultimate Kits and their Code Car. They have now added a Rocket, Piano and Speaker to their range.

These kits are suitable for children aged 8+ who are looking for something a little more challenging.




UBTech Jimu UnicornBot

UBTech's Jimu range of buildable robots has been extended this year. We particularly like the UnicornBot which features purple blocks and will appeal to girls and we suspect lots of boys too. 

The UnicornBot has a horn with a programmable coloured LED as well as a colour sensor that can be used to trigger behaviours using coloured objects. 

The UnicornBot is recommended for children aged 8+ who enjoy construction as well as wanting to learn to code. 





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