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littleBits Rule Your Room Kit

littleBits Rule Your Room Kit

Fall 2016 Toys
Ages: 8 - 13 yrs.
Price: $99.95

Remember the movie Toy Story where all the toys came to life? It seems to have inspired the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. In this clever electronics kit, children learn to build touch-activated inventions that interact with the things a child is likely to have in his or her room, like LEGOS or puppets or ... The kit includes parts (bargraph, buzzer, dimmer, Makey Makey, power connector, servo, and sound trigger) accessories and invention guide to build eight different inventions: Creepy Eyeballs, Moving Collage, Buzzing Booklet, Burglar Buzzer, Domain Defender, Top Secret Safe, Carrot Control Pad, and Programmable Pop-Up Puppet. The free app (iOS and Android) provides almost endless ideas, instructions, and challenges.

Here's what one of our favorite Dad testers told us: "The littleBits system is simple and flexible. It encourages kids to experiment with different types of connections. The specific invention ideas are pretty fun. My twin nine year old daughters and I started with the Programmable Pop-Up Puppet, using their favorite dragon puppet. There was a bit of a learning curve, but it was challenging, not frustrating. When one thing didn't work, they tried another, puzzling through and solving the problem with only a little help from me. After that, they moved onto the Creepy Eyeballs and Top Secret Safe, trying out iterations on each one and playing with each one multiple times. At that point they started to just play around with the pieces, coming up with inventions of their own."

This is serious fun.

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