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The Intelino smart coding train brings new life to your wooden train set
The Intelino smart coding train brings new life to your wooden train set By Stuart Miles

Wooden toy sets have been around for years, but one company is hoping to bring them into the 21st century with the launch of a smart coding train.... Read more

Sphero Specdrums combine music and coding with finger-tapping fun
Sphero Specdrums combine music and coding with finger-tapping fun By Stuart Miles

Sphero is known best for making coding robots, like the Bolt and BB-8, but now it's turning its attention to music creation.... Read more

LG Signature Z9 8K OLED initial review: Is this the best-looking 8K set yet?
Lego Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg set is the perfect homage to Planet of the Apes
Lego Movie 2 Welcome to Apocalypseburg set is the perfect homage to Planet of the Apes By Stuart Miles

With Lego Movie 2: The Second Part in cinemas in February and Lego has revealed one of the new sets for the movie... Read more

Child health experts: No evidence that screen time is bad for children, but…
Child health experts: No evidence that screen time is bad for children, but… By Chris Hall

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has published its findings on research examining the impact of screen time on children and has... Read more

How to set-up an Amazon Echo for a child
How to set-up an Amazon Echo for a child By Chris Hall

Alexa has made quite an impact on our homes and from the off, children have found it really easy - and fun - to engage with Amazon's digital assistant. With... Read more

How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children: Kindle for Kids and FreeTime explained
How to setup an Amazon Kindle for children: Kindle for Kids and FreeTime explained By Chris Hall

The Kindle is a great reading device. Here's how to make it perfect for your children... Read more

The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 41 years
The most popular Christmas toys and tech from over the last 41 years By Adrian Willings

It seems like every year there's a new fad toy that's come to market just in time for Christmas and with high demand and limited stock, the shops are full... Read more

We talk to Lego's design chief about Lego Masters, Lego Movie 2 and creating the next generation of Lego sets
We talk to Lego's design chief about Lego Masters, Lego Movie 2 and creating the next generation of Lego sets By Dan Grabham

As regular Pocket-lint readers will know, we do like to cover Lego here on the site. We were lucky enough to speak to Lego's vice president of design Matthew... Read more

Lego reveals Overwatch sets and availability: check them all out
Lego reveals Overwatch sets and availability: check them all out By Dan Grabham

Lego has revealed the long-anticipated lineup of Overwatch-themed sets. Strangely, the sets will be available on 1 January rather than before Christmas,... Read more

Kids bored during half-term? The BBC has you covered with new app, box sets and Alexa stories
Kids bored during half-term? The BBC has you covered with new app, box sets and Alexa stories By Rik Henderson

The BBC has released three tech treats for kids to get stuck into this half-term.... Read more

11 epic Lego sets you'll want to build
11 epic Lego sets you'll want to build By Stuart Miles

Here are our favourite Lego builds that will take you longer than a couple of hours to build... Read more

Lego's new Creator Expert set is a... wind turbine?
Lego's new Creator Expert set is a... wind turbine? By Rik Henderson

All those who still consider Lego to be just a kids' toy need think again. We now have conclusive proof that Lego is universal. After all, what child... Read more

Sphero's Bolt adds a matrix screen to the popular robot ball
Sphero's Bolt adds a matrix screen to the popular robot ball By Dan Grabham

Sphero's Bolt is a new version of the company's popular robot ball that adds a 8x8 LED matrix display on top.... Read more

Now available: The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit means you can go full Tony Stark
Now available: The Avengers Hero Inventor Kit means you can go full Tony Stark By Dan Grabham

Remember last year's Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit? Well now LittleBits has teamed up with Marvel to release the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit.... Read more

Lego's latest Star Wars set is a must for fans of The Empire Strikes Back
Lego's latest Star Wars set is a must for fans of The Empire Strikes Back By Dan Grabham

The Star Wars Betrayal at Cloud City set enables you to relive unforgettable moments from The Empire Strikes Back.... Read more

This insane 6,000 piece Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle can be yours soon
This insane 6,000 piece Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle can be yours soon By Dan Grabham

Harry Potter fans rejoice, a massive Hogwarts is here.... Read more

Check out the awesome Lego version of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5
Check out the awesome Lego version of James Bond's iconic Aston Martin DB5 By Cam Bunton

Lego has announced an all-new Expert James Bond Aston Martin with some amazing additions.... Read more

Gaming addiction and WHO guidelines explained: What to look for in your kids and tips to help
Gaming addiction and WHO guidelines explained: What to look for in your kids and tips to help By Rik Henderson

Gaming addiction is a hot topic, especially in kids. Here are the signs to look out for and tips on how you might interact with your child to help.... Read more

Forget Transformers, Lego Voltron is the constructible robot everyone will want
Forget Transformers, Lego Voltron is the constructible robot everyone will want By Max Langridge

Lego has announced Voltron as the latest set from its Lego Ideas lab, which lets Lego fans submit ideas for sets they want to see.... Read more

Can't afford a real Bugatti Chiron? Build this Lego Technic model instead
Can't afford a real Bugatti Chiron? Build this Lego Technic model instead By Max Langridge

Owning a real Bugatti Chiron may be all well and good, but drive it out on the road and it will depreciate in value and be susceptible to stone chips and... Read more

UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter
UK government plans laws to regulate social media giants, such as Facebook and Twitter By Rik Henderson

The UK government is planning legislation to tackle the internet's "Wild West".Social media firms will be targeted in order to make internet interaction... Read more

This roller coaster is one of the biggest Lego sets ever - and it can even be powered
This roller coaster is one of the biggest Lego sets ever - and it can even be powered By Dan Grabham

Fancy a new building challenge? What about this £300 Lego Creator Expert Roller Coaster, an epic set that can use Lego Power Functions parts to motorise... Read more

Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices
Amazon's Parent Dashboard means you can remotely manage children’s devices By Dan Grabham

Parent Dashboard is a new, microsite from Amazon that lets adults manage their Fire tablet. Providing they have a subscription to Fire for Kids, parents... Read more

The latest Lego Star Wars set is a superb model of the Y-Wing Starfighter
The latest Lego Star Wars set is a superb model of the Y-Wing Starfighter By Dan Grabham

Following on from the biggest Lego set ever, the Star Wars Ultimate Collector Series has moved onto the £170 Y-Wing Starfighter which will hit Lego stores... Read more

What’s it like to design a Lego set? We talk to a Lego designer!
What’s it like to design a Lego set? We talk to a Lego designer! By Dan Grabham

Lego has just celebrated 60 years of the ubiquitous plastic brick and to celebrate we spoke to Jonathan Peter Robson who is one of the company’s foremost... Read more

How to set-up an Android phone for a child
How to set-up an Android phone for a child By Chris Hall

There comes a point when your child needs their own phone. As a parent, it's a fork in the road: on one hand a phone provides a point of contact as your... Read more

EE will teach parents how to set parental controls on devices
EE will teach parents how to set parental controls on devices By Rik Henderson

EE is marking Safer Internet Day by announcing rolling out specialist online safety training for staff in its 600 retail stores up and down the UK.This... Read more

Apple promises to add new parental controls to curb kids' iPhone addictions
Apple promises to add new parental controls to curb kids' iPhone addictions By Rik Henderson

Apple has responded to criticism levied at the company that it doesn't do enough to prevent children becoming addicted to its devices.Two of its substantial... Read more

EE partners with Internet Matters to make your kids' mobile browsing safer
EE partners with Internet Matters to make your kids' mobile browsing safer By Rik Henderson

EE and Internet Matters have partnered to help parents who plan to give their children mobile devices this Christmas.The aim is to inform parents of the... Read more

Best Star Wars toys to buy
Best Star Wars toys to buy By Stuart Miles

Whether you are a fan of the Empire or the Resistance, there are a number of cool things to buy and do this year including Star Wars-themed coding classes... Read more

Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline
Amazon Fire for Kids Unlimited: How to download and watch videos offline By Elyse Betters

Kids love watching videos.And giving them a tablet to use, especially when traveling, can be a real lifesaver - unless, of course, there's no internet... Read more

What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe?
What is YouTube Kids, how does it work, and is it really safe? By Elyse Betters

If your kid wants to watch YouTube, consider trying YouTube Kids. Google launched a dedicated version of its video service that's designed just for kids... Read more

How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely
How to help your child watch YouTube Kids shows and videos safely By Andy Robertson

When children ask to go on the internet they usually mean "watch YouTube videos" and since YouTube Kids app launched a couple of years ago, there has been... Read more

Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun
Hatchimals are back: They're totally different now and double the fun By Elyse Betters

Last year's "it" toy is back.Remember Hatchimals? Well, Spin Master, the maker behind the toy egg, has shown off a second-generation version that's bigger,... Read more

Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face
Sphero Mini is a ping pong ball-sized robot you steer with your face By Elyse Betters

Sphero has launched a new Sphero. Dubbed Sphero Mini, it's a lot like the original app-enabled robot toy, only it's even tinier. More specifically, it's... Read more

Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it
Ultimate Collector Series Lego Millennium Falcon in pictures, all 7,541 pieces of it By Stuart Miles

Just how much of a Lego Star Wars fan are you? Enough to spend £650 on 7,541 piece Star Wars Lego Millennium Falcon? That's what Lego is hoping as it... Read more

What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up?
What is Circle with Disney, how can it moderate kids' internet usage and how do you set it up? By Andy Robertson

No matter how responsible or communicative your children are, ensuring their online activity is safe and healthy is no easy matter. For parents this is... Read more

Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM
Cyberbullying: How to spot the signs and what steps to take, revealed by Internet Matters GM By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters is a not-for-profit organisation that helps parents understand the digital world, so they can ensure their children can use the internet... Read more

Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now
Sphero's app-controlled Lightning McQueen available to drive away now By Max Langridge

Sphero, the maker of the lovable BB-8 app-controlled droid, has branched out to Pixar and developed an app-controlled version of Lightning McQueen from... Read more

Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them
Worried your children are victims of cyberbullying? Take the pledge to talk to them By Rik Henderson

Internet Matters, the organisation to aid parents in online safety, has launched a campaign to raise awareness of cyberbullying and help children and their... Read more

Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids
Seriously: Amazon should make the Fire Phone for Kids By Chris Hall

Everyone remembers the Amazon Fire Phone and probably not for the right reasons. It was 2014, smartphones were superhot, but the Fire Phone didn't catch... Read more

Anki Overdrive  goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition
Anki Overdrive goes Fast & Furious with new special movie edition By Rik Henderson

Anki has carved a niche for itself in artificially intelligent toy car racing, with Anki Overdrive offering a slot-free experience quite unlike anything... Read more

Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development
Amazon's new Parent Dashboard and Discussion Cards will keep you engaged with your child's development By Max Langridge

As parents, you may not always be aware of what digital content your kids are consuming. There are ways of making sure the content they do have access... Read more

Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set
Lego is honouring the women of NASA with this cool new set By Elyse Betters

Lego's latest set should make space-geek feminists very happy.The company is developing a new Lego set featuring five historic women who contributed to... Read more

Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored
Is the Nintendo Switch good for all the family? Parental controls, motion gaming and more explored By Andy Robertson

While the internet groans under the weight of umpteen Nintendo Switch reviews, including our own here, here’s an assessment of Nintendo’s new console... Read more

Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing
Scalextric Arc Track Day set brings the iPad control to racing By Stuart Miles

As traditional toys continue to feel the pressure of not only games consoles but iPads as well, toy makers like Scalextric are having to up their game... Read more

Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids
Lego Life lays the building blocks for a safe online presence for kids By Max Langridge

The Lego Group has just launched Lego Life, an app-based social network designed specifically for kids aged 13 and under. Lego Life will work in a similar... Read more

Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive
Lego Boost sets to bring your Lego alive By Adrian Willings

Lego has launched a range of new robotics coding kits that are aiming to inspire would-be creators to dabble with more than just building static spaceships... Read more

Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300!
Win 4D colouring books for your child's WHOLE class worth £300! By Pocket-lint Promotion

Want to win a last-minute Christmas present for your child and their school friends?We've teamed up with AliveLab, makers of the Mardles stickers that... Read more

Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces
Flybrix is a do-it-yourself flying drone kit that uses Lego pieces By Elyse Betters

Ever want to build a drone from scratch? Well, now you can using Lego.Flybrix is offering a unique, do-it-yourself drone kit, which is based on the idea... Read more

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