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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.

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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