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PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

PlayFusion Lightseekers for iOS and Android: Toys to life is not dead, it's only just beginning

By Andy Robertson

With Disney's withdrawal from the toys-to-life game genre questions were asked on whether the bubble had burst for videogames that interact with physical toys. However, not only are Lego Dimensions and Skylanders still going strong, with both having significant... 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 allows you to control the Droid by moving your arm.The Droid, which is identical in all aspects apart... Read more

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun
5.0 stars

Osmo Coding review: Educational iPad game makes programming fun

By Rik Henderson

When you think of coding for kids, your mind probably envisions them learning some elaborate coding language in an experience akin to your French verbal exam when you were at school. But coding for kids comes in all shapes and sizes and doesn't have to... 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 over school holiday trips and beyond.Customers with either a Sky Go Extra, Sky Multiscreen or Sky Q... 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 instance. And it's eyes are full-colour LCD screens. You'll also notice a glowing antenna on its head... 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 ready to expand its line-up with a departure from its Drive and Overdrive racing systems.Cozmo... Read more

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

Infinite Arms for iPad preview: Skylanders for Halo fans

By Andy Robertson

Infinite Arms is a toy-game cross over aimed at fans of Gears of War, Halo and big Transformers style mechs. It’s a sophisticated RPG for iPad and iOS generally, where adding weapons to model robots instantly sees them appear in the game. It aims to... Read more

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

Anki Overdrive Supertrucks: Extending AI racing to big rigs

By Andy Robertson

Anki has steadily improved its Overdrive AI racing system since it launched last year. Software enhancements have added extra modes, like One Shot Kill and Balanced Cars, and it now sports handy features, such as replaying the same track without the cars... Read more

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

LeapFrog LeapStart preview: Embracing tech and phyiscal books for kids

By Rik Henderson

Anyone who has kids and owns a tablet will understand how alluring a touchscreen device is for little'uns, even as young as four. However, while many adults might be streamlining their lives to be more digital, there's still an element of magic in a normal,... Read more

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

Mattel celebrates Star Trek's 50th anniversary with amazing Barbie set

By Elyse Betters

Mattel has just given youngster Trekkies a major treat: Star Trek Barbies.Anyone who is a fan of the CBS-owned sci-fi franchise will know that 2016 is the 50th anniversary of the original Star Trek series. To celebrate that anniversary, CBS Consumer Products... Read more

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

BBC micro:bit now available for pre-order, get your kids into coding

By Rik Henderson

The BBC micro:bit is now available for pre-order from element14, the tech company that also distributes the Raspberry Pi in the UK.It was previously distributed to schools to help children learn the basics of coding, but is now starting to roll out... Read more

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

Cyberbullying facts: 5 things to spot and how to help your child online

By Andy Robertson

The internet can be an incredible resource for adults and children, for both entertainment and learning, but it can also be a scary place at times. This is especially true for kids who spend a lot of time interacting with each other online.As with all... Read more

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

5 fun Raspberry Pi projects you can do with your kids

By Andy Robertson

Like the BBC Micro in its day, the Raspberry Pi mini-computer is an accessible way to get children and families into the world of computer hardware and coding/programming.It costs around £30 and is about the size of a credit card. It can be plugged... 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 the first few minutes.However, with a little research you can find the right games to play and easily... Read more

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

Anki Overdrive v1.3 update makes it better for families, here's why

By Andy Robertson

Anki Overdrive launched last year and freed slot car racing from its slots. At the same time it turned simple racing into augmented video game battles.Its premise is simple, connect the flexible track to make a circuit and the robot cars will automatically... 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, Android and Kindle Fire, will have access to over 10,000 episodes to stream or download to watch later.The... Read more

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life

Best Apple Watch apps to streamline your family life

By Andy Robertson

With plenty of apps available on iTunes these days, the Apple Watch can potentially revolutionise interactions by extending phone features to our wrist and making them more efficient. And beyond the situations early adopters took their phones through,... Read more

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

Emicro One scooter review: Keeping up with the kids?

By Stuart Miles

As we push off once again, the motor kicks into action and zoom through the English countryside without a care in the world. We effortlessly pass a man walking his dog. The two young children who have accompanied us on this adventure are doing everything... 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. Based on the books of the same name these highlight the gruesome side of life in the past, in a way... 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 of metal, flywheels and pistons doing battle in a relaunched BBC 2 Robot Wars series coming later... Read more

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

Mattel ThingMaker preview: 3D printing for the Minecraft generation

By Andy Robertson

The barrier to new technology for children is rarely that they don’t understand it. More often it’s that they don’t know how to access it, or that creation tools aren’t visible to them.Minecraft is successful not only because its technology enables... 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 Cuusoo) is an online place where budding builders put forward their potential toy sets and hope to garner... 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 today's children a chance to build their own toys. Mattel has brought back ThingMaker, a countertop... Read more

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up

New Lego Star Wars sets in the flesh: Minecraft and Ninjago complete the line-up

By Andy Robertson

Having shown off a range of Lego at the London and Nuremberg Toy Fairs in the last few weeks, the brick brand let us take pics and video of the last entries in the 2016 line-up at the New York Toy Fair.The biggest question mark still left for Lego this... 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 been a must-see for us each year, with its cunning devices that ape adult equivalents.Now we know... 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, has according to Sky, been specially designed for kids, and includes the ability to select age appropriate... Read more

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more

These are the Lego sets you'll want in 2016: Nexo Knights, Angry Birds and more

By Andy Robertson

Each year Lego unveils its new sets that combine top name franchises and in-house brands. For families though, there’s a tension between block building creativity and the product becoming a way to get children into other franchises.At this year’s... 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 to build buildings, vehicles, and the such like.That image is likely to change though when they... Read more

Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC?

Marbotics Smart Letters for iPad: As easy as ABC?

By Stuart Miles

In an age of digital devices, worrying whether your young kids are getting enough physical play can be a concern. It's all too easy to thrust the iPad at a child and leave them to it.French company Marbotic is trying to solve this dilemma by merging physical... Read more

iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why

iOS 9.3 will be an essential update for families, here's why

By Andy Robertson

Apple is expected to release a major iOS update this spring, for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices. It will bring several new features, including CarPlay enhancements, and we're particularly excited that iOS 9.3 will introduce tweaks that will be perfect... Read more

We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you?

We went through a tech detox by playing an iOS game, can you?

By Andy Robertson

Distractions are a problem in modern family life. It’s all too easy to let the weekend slip away spending more time staring at a screen rather than engaging with your children.For kids too there are ever more shiny things vying for their attention.... 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 seen as a more approachable version of Lego Mindstorms, Lego Education WeDo 2.0 is a hands-on,... 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 pot sized robots, a giant T-Rex dinosaur and two child sized droids that you have to build yourself.Leading... Read more

Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar

Code-A-Pillar: The pre-school coding caterpillar

By Stuart Miles

When's it too early to learn to code? When you're three perhaps? Well according to Fisher Price, that's exactly the time you should be encouraging your children to start.The toy company has created a new coding toy aimed at the class of 2035 that starts... Read more

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing

Battle of the smart toy racers: Anki Overdrive vs Scalextric Arc vs Real FX Racing

By Andy Robertson

Gadget toys can be like buses, nothing new for years then along come three at once. This year has seen the resurgence of slot-car racing, while a new twist on these car-track combos has added AI steering to do away with the slots all together.Anki is... Read more

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home

Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon Review: Chewie, we're home

By Stuart Miles

You probably fall into one of two camps. The ones that have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and the ones that are waiting to see it a second time.The Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon is a reworking of the original Lego Millennium Falcon launched to... Read more

Which Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego set should you buy?

Which Star Wars: The Force Awakens Lego set should you buy?

By Stuart Miles

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is now out in cinemas across the globe and to coincide with the new movie, Lego has released a number of new Star Wars Force Awakens Lego sets so you can relive the action of the film, after you've built it of course.With... Read more

How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you

How to make parental controls on consoles, phones and tablets work for you

By Andy Robertson

While keeping TVs and videogames out of the bedroom and in shared spaces is a great step towards healthier media consumption for children, not least because you can keep an eye on the type of content your children are accessing. <obile devices like tablets... Read more

Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising

Should you stick to age ratings and scores when choosing games for the family? The answer is surprising

By Andy Robertson

The Christmas holidays provide prime opportunity to sit down with your children to play videogames. You might also be inclined to pop on a game for them to play on their own, under supervision. But which games are most suitable?Sure, you can check the... Read more

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control
4.0 stars

LeapFrog Epic review: Putting parents in control

By Stuart Miles

The internet is a place of knowledge, entertainment, and more - but it isn't always a safe place. When it comes to kids spending time online a simple search for one thing can lead to something else, or playing a game could lead to dozens of in-app purchases... Read more