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The OffBits

The OffBits

Fall 2017 Toys
Ages: 6 & Up
Manufacturer: Fat Brain Toys
Price: $14.95

Far more than a craft kit for geeks-in-the-making, the small OffBits package open up a world of playful learning. Available in four contemporary colors, and personality traits to match, Infobit (yellow), Carebit (light blue), Artbit(red) and Bababit (teal), the 28 and 29 piece sets include specially designed nuts, bolts, and springs, a 5-in-1 SuperTool, and instructions to build characters measuring approximately 3 x 2 x 1 inches.

The illustrated booklet is spot on for the ages, with an annotated parts list, a step by step guide to build the featured OffBit and two additional building challenges. Each set also has a key code card for builders (parents) to register and join the OffBit community to access more challenges, build expertise and share creations.

Our seven and eight year olds tinkered and reasoned, adjusted and Ah-Ha!'d. They played and learned collaboratively and on their own. In addition to sharpening problem solving, planning, and spatial relationships skills, imaginations were constantly at work. In short, as the OffBits booklet says, "Everything can be anything - depending on how you look at it."

Claire Green   ©2017 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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