Kano Harry Potter Wand Coding Kit Review: Make Coding for Kids Magical

The Kano Harry Potter coding kit makes fundamental coding for kids accessible and fun.

Best Holiday Maker Gifts for Kids 2018

Check out the best maker gifts for kids during the holiday 2018 season!

Best Holiday Gifts for Makers and DIYers 2018 Edition

With the holidays approaching, you’ll want to start thinking about what to get that special maker in your life. While electronics often connote a high price tag, plenty of affordable maker Christmas gifts abound.

Your Raspberry Pi Finds Waldo Faster Than You!

Whether you know the stripey attired goon as ‘Waldo’ or ‘Wally’, it’s hard to imagine a childhood that didn’t involve at least one attempt to find his Harold Lloyd glasses peering out at you on a double spread of amusing incidents.

PiParp: Prank Your Friends with a Parping Raspberry Pi Whoopee Cushion!

The whoopee cushion has been upgraded. No longer a rubber bladder filled with air (or, at times, a piece of foam), it has been enhanced and is capable of playing any noise you can think of, thanks to a Raspberry Pi.

BBC micro:bit to Invade Canada!

First released in 2015, the BBC micro:bit is finally set to hit Canada, and inspire children and amateur enthusiasts just as it has in the UK and elsewhere.

Save Time with this Arduino-Powered Homework Machine!

Sick of homework? Whether you’re still at school or helping your kids, it’s invariably inconvenient. While this amazing “homework machine” might not be able to help directly, the effort put into building a replica, and the resulting pen-based printed output, should at least put the chore of homework into perspective.

A Children’s Contactless Music Box for the 21st Century

Various toys have been released for children over recent years that feature contactless technology to initiate a response. This might be character voices, music, or even actions (in the case of an activity centre). With this project, the focus is on audio playback and replicating the MusicCards project.

Coding the BBC micro:bit with Edublocks

The BBC micro:bit is not short of programming languages. We can use blocks, Javascript, Micro Python and the legacy TouchDevelop, CodeKingdoms and Microsoft Blocks.

And Now.... A Guitar that Plays Itself!

It’s 61 years since the production of the RCA Mark II Sound Synthesizer, an instrument dubbed “the first programmable electronic synthesizer.” It’s essentially the first device to feature automated playback; it can play itself.

Furlexa: The Furby-Raspberry Pi Cross with Added Alexa!

Smart toys are all the rage these days, but what about hacking an older toy into 21st century awesomeness?

Your Child Wants an Arduino -- Where Do You Start?

Children (and beginners) need the right foothold to get started with great tools, and the Arduino is no different. With many different versions of the board available over the years, it’s entirely possible that potential users have been put off.

Repurpose Lego Dimensions and Disney Infinity Boards with This Software

It is a sad truth that toys-to-life video games have a finite lifespan. While the toys themselves can be reused (especially in the case of Lego Dimensions), the NFC-based toy boards that ship with the core titles have limited prospects.