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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

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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control
May the Force be with you: Battle worn BB-8 and Force Band let you ditch phone control By Stuart Miles

First announced at CES in Las Vegas in January, Sphero has finally put its "battle worn" version of BB-8 on sale alongside offering the "Force Band" that... Read more

Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling
Sky Kids app now has offline viewing to help with school holidays travelling By Rik Henderson

Sky Kids for Android and iOS now offers offline viewing. You can download the shows and films available on the application to keep children entertained... Read more

Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes
Hasbro's Furby is now a connected toy with LCD screens for eyes By Elyse Betters

Although it's 2016, Furby is still a thing.Hasbro's weird, nostalgic fur beast has been resurrected with some new tricks. It's now a connected toy, for... Read more

Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive
Cozmo is the tiny robot with the big brain, from the team behind Anki Overdrive By Rik Henderson

US toy start-up Anki has had great success with its artificially intelligent, app-controlled driving games over the last couple of years, but it is finally... Read more

Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why
Parents should not let their kids play Hitman and here's why By Andy Robertson

Getting the most from videogames with your family is no easy matter. Games are complex, long and offer a range of experiences not always evident from... Read more

BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler
BBC iPlayer Kids is here to make viewing safer and simpler By Luke Edwards

The BBC has announced its new iPlayer Kids app aimed specifically at delivering CBeebies and CBBC shows directly to children.The app, available on iOS,... Read more

Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride
Virtuali-Tee AR t-shirts not for the squeamish, will take your kids on a fun, bloody ride By Andy Robertson

Engaging children in educational pursuits is a fickle old game. A popular route to success has been with edgy content from shows like Horrible Histories.... Read more

Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home
Don't just watch BBC's Robot Wars, fight your own Hexbug Battlebots at home By Andy Robertson

Robot Wars is no longer confined the the sentimental memories of parents. A new generation of British youngsters will be able to enjoy enjoy the carnage... Read more

Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now
Everybody needs to get behind Lego Monument Valley right now By Rik Henderson

We've often been fond of proposed Lego sets that appear on Lego Ideas, but one of the latest has particularly piqued our interest.Lego Ideas (formerly... Read more

Mattel brought back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids to make toys
Mattel brought back ThingMaker as a 3D printer for kids to make toys By Elyse Betters

Mattel doesn't think 3D printing should be limited to adults.The toy maker is so sure that it is resurrecting a product from the 1960s in order to give... Read more

VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm
VTech to buy LeapFrog and create massive kids’ gadgets firm By Rik Henderson

When we visited this year's Toy Fair in January there was a notable absentee: LeapFrog. The company specialises in gadgets for younger kids and has always... Read more

Sky Kids app will let your children watch TV without adverts
Sky Kids app will let your children watch TV without adverts By Stuart Miles

Sky has announced it is launching a dedicated Kids app, called Sky Kids, for parents keen to let their children watch TV without the adverts.The new app,... Read more

Is this the new face of Lego?
Is this the new face of Lego? By Stuart Miles

If you asked someone to describe what Lego looks like they would probably answer with something along the lines of a series of bricks that you put together... Read more

Lego Education WeDo 2.0 brings Lego robots to the classroom
Lego Education WeDo 2.0 brings Lego robots to the classroom By Stuart Miles

Your kids could be about to start playing with Lego at school after the company has launched an educational toy box that encourages robotic code learning.Best... Read more

Meccano Meccanoids multiply, now come in various shapes and sizes
Meccano Meccanoids multiply, now come in various shapes and sizes By Stuart Miles

Meccano has expanded on its Meccano robot launched in 2015, with a range of Meccanoids for 2016.Revealed at CES in Las Vegas, the range will feature three... Read more

The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet
The EE Robin kids tablet takes on Amazon kids tablet By Rik Henderson

EE has entered the family tablet market with a 4G-enabled device that is specifically designed for children and their parents.The EE Robin comes with... Read more

Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots
Coding Sphero: SPRK version now out in UK, teaches kids to program robots By Elyse Betters

The company that makes the Sphero robot ball, as well as Ollie and the official BB-8 droid for the next Star Wars film, has just launched a new kind of... Read more

We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245
We've only gone and built the Lego Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245 By Stuart Miles

With over 2,793 pieces of Lego in the box, the replica Mercedes-Benz AROCS 3245 (£169.99) made from Lego Technics isn't a build that you should approach... Read more

LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns
LeapFrog takes the Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition head-on with the Epic Android tablet for little’uns By Rik Henderson

Children's gadget and toy brand LeapFrog has responded to Amazon's entry into the kids tablet market with an Android device of its own. The LeapFrog Epic... Read more

Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks
Disney wants you to ditch the selfie stick before visiting its theme parks By Elyse Betters

If you plan to visit one of Disney's theme parks soon, don't expect to snap selfies with friends or family. While you're allowed to still take them, you... Read more

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