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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.

Craft Kits, Tinkering and Making Gifts for Little Kids Aged 5, 6, 7

At Tech Age Kids, we believe it is really important for children to continue to engage in craft activities beyond their toddler and early years. The increasing distraction of more exciting (screen-based) activities means children today spend less time developing physical skills, like cutting, tinkering, drawing, molding and constructing.

As children grow they become more able to use craft tools and learn more physical making skills. We've put together a carefully curated gift guide for children who like to craft, tinker and make (and those that need some encouragement to develop these skills.) Because it's Tech Age Kids, we've narrowed down the vast array of choice to ones with a techie edge.




  1. 3D Printing with 3Doodler Start

    3D printing is a modern craft tool that is becoming more accessible to families and the home due to the reduction in cost and software that is easier for children and amateurs to use. The 3Doodler Start 3D Printing Pen is our choice for this age group because it is specifically designed with small people in mind. It's not a 3D printer but uses the same principles to draw and make in 3D. It takes a bit of getting used to creating drawings that your child can peel off the paper and then hang up!



  2. Play dough moulding with Dough Universe/Electro dough

    Play dough is a classic craft activity for young kids. As they grow older you can introduce electronics and discover soft circuits with Electro dough from Tech Will Save Us. The Dough Universe is made up of 3 packs that explore electronics that make things light up, move and make sound. These are well-made kits that can breathe new life into an age-old activity.

    Buy: Dough Universe is available from Tech Will Save Us Online Shop.

  3. Cardboard Construction with MAKEDO

    With modern life, comes Amazon deliveries which provide brilliant material for construction projects - Cardboard! We used to call it junk modeling and made all sorts of toys and structures out of junk. Thankfully with MAKEDO construction kits, you can save rolls of sticky tape and kids can learn some basic construction skills using the screws and connectors in the kit. We love Make Do Kits at Tech Age Kids and have written a number of posts and reviews about the product.

    • See our reviews and projects we'd made using MakeDo.


  4. Blocks or Bricks Construction

    Building things are so important at this age and there is plenty of choice in terms of construction bricks and blocks. It's useful to stick to a couple types so that you can build up the number of construction blocks or bricks. Choose something that will encourage building by following instructions and has enough flexibility to allow creative free play. When my kids were this age we have wooden blocks and LEGO. We still have Duplo LEGO which makes a great tool to build quick stands for stop-motion animation or mazes for robots. Simple wooden blocks can later be used to build chain reaction machines, which my youngest is really getting into now.



  5. Pixel Art with Simbrix

    At this age, there is a big range of kids' fine motor skills. One product we love to develop this skill is Simbrix. It's a bit like Hama beads without the pain of having to iron the plastic beads. The 'bricks' slot together like a puzzle and you can make any 2D pixel art creation. The bricks are reusable as you don't need to iron them to keep them together. It's the type of skill a child of this age may find frustrating at first, but with a little bit of patience and perseverance will reap great rewards. I often take Simbrix out for a quiet afternoon activity when everyone just needs some downtime. As with most of these things, the more bricks you have the more you can make with it. In my opinion it's well worth the investment and a 'toy' your kids will come back to year after year.



  6. Cutting Skills with Scissors and Cutting Stamps

    Young kids are fascinated with cutting, but really they need to be a little older to really master the skill. Just having a pair of scissors available with paper that can be cut is a good start. If your child (like my son) is left-handed, it is well worth investing in left-handed scissors at this age. It's frustrating to cut when the tool doesn't work well. With this in mind, I also buy 'proper' scissors and not plastic kiddie ones. Scissors are sharp and should be used under adult supervision, but as your child skill develop they will thank you for sharp scissors! Try resisting the urge to do cutting for your child. Rather do your own cutting alongside them. Encourage them to draw a shape on paper and cut on the line, this will develop their precision cutting which will be useful when they are older.
    We also use shape punchers, to cut neat shapes, which is great for this age.


  7. Craft and Tinkering Kits by Kiwi Crate

    We love the idea of ready-made kits that come with everything you need. Kiwi Crate is a subscription craft and tinkering kit that you can buy per month or subscribe for a whole year. It works out slightly cheaper per kit to buy an annual subscription. The beauty of Kiwi Crate is that you don't have to think about it. Every month a box is delivered with the materials needed to complete the project. Kids get an opportunity to explore a variety of different skills. Their kits are age appropriate and high quality. You definitely get what you pay for here.


Take a trip to your local Arts & Craft store to help kids get ideas of things they like to make. Buying kits is a good way to get started and you don't have to think too much about everything you need. My kids love a browse in a craft shop and I always try to encourage them to choose something they haven't tried before if they don't already have an idea of what they want to make.

There are plenty of retail stores, physical and online to buy arts and crafts material from. Our favourites include Baker Ross, Hobby Craft, The Works (UK only).
Amazon is always a good option for craft material, Craft Courses by Creative Bugs for kids if you need some instruction and Crayola for good quality materials.


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