Monday, 19 November 2018

Black Friday Deals for Kid Tech 2018


Black Friday is a good time to get tech for children and families at discounted prices. For the last couple years, we've been keeping an eye on Black Friday deals for tech and STEM toys, games, and kits for children from preschool age to teens and some for parents too!

For product-specific deals from a range of different retailers bookmark our Black Friday and Cyber Monday Deals pages for tomorrow and this coming weekend - UK Deals | US Deals



If you haven't quite decided what gifts to buy, do your research now. We've carefully curated a selection of tech and STEM toys and products for creative digital maker kids - from the little ones to the teens.

Check out our Top Picks, Product Reviews and Gift Guides for gift ideas. (It's very likely you'll be able to pick up a bargain this week with Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals!)

Many products we love here at Tech Age Kids have already announced their offers and Black Friday deals.
  • Kiwi Crate - Get 60% off your 1st month | Subscription Kits
  • Anki Overdrive - upto 40% off selected kits | Amazon
  • Osmo Kits - discounts on Fire Tablet Kit and Coding Jam | Amazon
  • Parrot drones - discounts on selected drones | Amazon
  • Arckit - up to 30% off selected kits | Arckit Store | Amazon
  • littleBits - 20% off on selected kits 23 - 27 November ONLY | littleBits Store | Amazon
  • Wonder Workshop - 20% off Dot & Dash Wonder Pack & Dash Challenge Cards and Sketch; 25% off Cue  | Amazon
  • Makeblock - discounts on various kits, including Airblock Drone | Amazon
  • Osmo - discounts on several kits including new Fire Tablet kit | Amazon
  • Tech Will Save Us - TBC | Tech Will Save Us Store
  • LEGO - exclusive savings and discounts on selected kits - Start 23 Nov | LEGO Store



Products We Love

Below is a list of all the products we are looking out for, we've written detailed reviews (for most) and many are included in our gift guides or feature on our top picks for 2018 list.

Robots

  • Botley the Coding Robot | Review - no screens needed! (New for 2018)
  • Boxer | Review - Robot for 6+ full of personality and packed with tech, codable and remote control (New for 2018)
  • Dot Creativity Kit from Wonder Workshop | Review - Making and Tech together
  • Sphero Bolt - (New for 2018)
  • JIMU Unicorn by UBTech - new for 2018 | New Coding Toys for 2018 (New for 2018)
  • Sphero | Review - What Sphero is best for our Family?
  • Make Wonder's Dash & Dot | Review - Great for young coders with lots of content
  • Makeblock's mBot | Review - One of favourite programmable robots for kids
  • LEGO Mindstorms | Review - Great for techie kids into LEGO 
  • Edison Robot | Review - Affordable and versatile robot with brand-new programming platform
  • MU SpaceBot | Review - Great little kit from beginners and introduction to AI
  • Robotical's Marty | Review - Build and program a walking robot
  • Arcbotics Sparki | Review - Educational robot with lots sensors
  • Cubelets | Robot construction kit
  • Coji | Review - For the kid that loves Emojis and Messaging - yepp it's programmable!
  • Code & Go Robot Mouse | Review - Upgrade that Bee Bot! Great for education, primary / elementary school
  • Coder MiP | Review - Amazing balancing tech, programmable with app
  • Cosmo | New programmable robot from Anki
  • Ozobot | Review - Tiny line following robots, programmable and brilliant for kids.
  • Code-a-pillar | Review - Introduce preschooler to coding, fun and robust
  • Zoomer Chimp | Review - the funnest robot out there for Christmas, plus it's really really smart too


Electronics Kits

  • Kano Complete Computer Kit | Review - Make and code your own computer with Raspberry Pi (other kits by Kano(New for 2018)
  • Kano Harry Potter Wand | Review - Must have toy for 2018, make & code your own wand (New for 2018)
  • littleBits Electronics Kit | Review - electronics kits for maker kits, brilliant introduction to electronics and advanced programming, lots of kits to choose from, great projects & content
  • Sam Labs Electronics Kit | Review - wireless electronic blocks, programmable, different kits
  • Makey Makey | Review - Turn anything into a keyboard, a must have for maker kids
  • Piper | Included in the Summer School Kits List - Make your own computer with Raspberry Pi
  • Tech Will Save Us Kits | Mover Kit Review (New name: Creative Coder) | Other kits reviews


Construction & Building Kits

  • LEGO Boost | Review - brilliant construction kit, that is also programmable
  • K'Nex | Review - STEM focussed construction kits for boys and girls - Review of Power and Play Kit (motorised K'Nex)
  • Arckit Play | Review - for young budding architects (also see Arckit reviews)
  • Roominate | Review - great kit for budding architects or interior designers
  • Goldieblox | Review - construction kit for girls to inspire future engineers
  • Magformers | Featured in our Gift Guide for Preschoolers - Magnetic building shapes to create many different 3D structures.
  • Zoob | Review - click together plastic pieces to make all sorts of creations
  • Laser Pegs | Review - light up bricks with clear plastic bricks and electronics
  • Engino QBoidz | Review - construction kit but not bricks!


Connected Toys and Games

  • Osmo | Review - brilliant connected toy for families with iPad
  • Beasts of Balance | Review - play a physical balancing game enhanced by an app
  • Puzzlets | Review - learn to code with physical tiles and an app
  • Bloxels | Review - make retro video games with a physical pixel board
  • Hatchimals | Surprise Twins included in Top Tech Toys List for 2017 - It's a surprise, hatch a creature and look after it
  • Lightseekers | Review - awesome action figures used as game controllers for mobile game and card game extension.


Family Game Console & Games

  • Nintendo Switch | Review - Best family game console for connected family gaming
  • Nintendo Labo | Review - Physical making and tech together for a whole new gaming experience (New for 2018)
  • Switch Games | Review - Best Nintendo Switch games for families and young children


Drones

  • Lumi | Review - programmable drone that connects with a tablet
  • AirBlock | Review - modular and programmable drone from one of our favourite suppliers
  • Air Hogs Supernova | Review - gesture operated drone for 8+ (New for 2018)
  • Air Hogs Racer Drone - auto-pilot drone for kids


Family Gadgets - Wearables and Devices

  • Skyroam | Review - Anywhere WiFi device
  • Alexa Voice Controlled Devices | Review - How to use Alexa in your family
  • VTech Smartwatch | Review - The 2nd generation DX had a pedometer, calendar feature and calculator, 
  • Kurio Watch | Wearable smartwatch that feels like a grown-up one, but is specially made for kids
  • MiBand 3 | Review - Reliable fitness tracker, with band small enough for a kids arm, not necessarily made for kids
  • Fitbit | Go-to wearable for adults


Maker Tools & Kits

  • 3Doodler Start | Review - fantastic 3D pen specifically designed for kids.
  • XYZ Printing 3D Printers | Review - entry level 3D printer for home use and families
  • Cool Maker Kits | Review - Kumi Kreator friendship bracelet making machine (New for 2018)
  • XZY Printing Nano | Review - mini 3D printer for home
  • Various making and tinkering tools for Children and Teens - Gift Guides for Maker Kids



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