The Gator watch guide to positive tech

What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think of tech? For many of us, we link the word tech to screentime and therefore we see it as a negative subject. But did you know that there are loads of brilliant pieces of tech out there that aid learning, development AND social skills? Let’s not forget that our very own Gator Watch is a piece of tech that helps children get OFF screens and out with friends. This week we want to share with you some fantastic pieces of technology that will be a huge hit for your kids.

SMART PIXELATOR

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From the creators of the award-winning smart sketcher project, the smart pixelator empowers kids to pixelate any design & build 2D or 3D projects using Bluetooth connectivity, easy-to-follow lights & a variety of creative tools. There are 1,300 Pixel Beads to create 50 step-by-step designs so they can project and create! It’s pixels, and light focussed technology helps encourage fun STEAM learning. This gadget is perfect for kids aged seven and up.

For more information, click here.

LEGO BOOST

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LEGO® BOOST lets children create models with motors and sensors, and then bring their creations to life through simple, icon-based coding commands. The free LEGO BOOST tablet app includes easy step-by-step building instructions for creating and coding multifunctional models. 

For more information, click here

GRAVITAX STARTER SET

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Experience the power of gravity! Gravitax allows kids to use their imagination to build superb tracks and set gravity spheres. This STEM system is an ideal way to teach kids about gravity, magnetism, kinetic energy and fun. 

Kids can create their own track designs using the tasks and blueprints included. This starter set is perfect for building on problem-solving skills in a fun way.

For more information, click here

SPHERO MINI

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The Sphero mini activity kit packs tonnes of fun into a tiny, app-enabled robotic ball. Drive using the Sphero play app and build your own play experience with the included construction set. You can programme the mini robot with the Sphero Edu app a STEAM-based toolset that weaves hardware, software, and community engagement to promote 21st-century skills.

For more information, click here

TONIE BOX

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The new Tonie box is an audio system that changes the way kids listen to stories and music. The box promotes listening skills and encourages kids to learn and laugh as they listen to stories with their favourite characters. This piece of tech is aimed at primary school children. For more information, click here.

LITTLEBITS BASE INVENTOR KIT

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The introductory Base Inventor Kit from littleBits includes everything creative kids need to turn their ideas into inventions! Kids gain STEAM learning exploring how objects are built. The free inventor app guides kids and helps them build devices such as alarms and robotic arms. 

For more information, click here. 

mBOT SMART ROBOT KIT

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mBot is a STEAM education robot for beginners, that makes teaching and learning robot programming simple and fun. With just a screwdriver, the step by step instructions, and a study schedule, children can build a robot from scratch and experience the joys of hands-on creation. As they go, they will learn about a variety of robotic machinery and electronic parts, get to grips with the fundamentals of block-based programming, and develop their logical thinking and design skill.

For more information, click here. 

TECH WILL SAVE US – synth-wave kit

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One of our favourite kits from Tech Will Save Us. The synth wave kit is a synth that lets kids get creative with sound waves, learning how to create electronic music and produce beats like a pro. They can record, layer and share their own tracks with all of their fans!

For more information, click here

NINTENDO LABO

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 Nintendo Labo has created a new line of interactive make, play and discover experiences designed to inspire creative minds. Together with the Nintendo Switch console, the Nintendo Labo kits provide the tools and technology to make fun DIY creations, play games with your creations and discover how Nintendo Switch technology shapes ideas into reality.

For more information, click here. 

KANO STAR WARS CODING KIT

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Kano coding kits help kids learn to code in a super fun way. Each kit includes step by step guides to help your kids connect code blocks and see Java script as well as assisting them in learning about loops, logic and variables. The star wars kit will allow kids to swing lightsabers levitate X-wings and make force lightning (as well as much much more)

For more information, click here.

We hope you love these pieces of tech as much as we do. Have you discovered a piece of tech that is having a positive impact on your family? Join the conversation in the comments below or via our Facebook, Instagram and Twitterpages.

 My Gator Watch is a wearable mobile phone designed especially for 5-12-year-olds. It uses GPS, two-way calling, works across multiple networks and has an SOS feature for peace of mind. It does not have a messaging feature, and you, the parent; determine all numbers that are pre-set within the phone.

 For more information and prices, please click here.

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