Want to have a little bit of geeky fun? Check out Little Bits. Little Bits are electronic modules that snap together to form all types of cool projects. Each bit has a simple, unique function, like blinking a light or a moving motor. Just snap a few together to make interactive circuits. Children and adults alike are only limited by their imaginations.
We received the 2012 Little Bits Holiday Kit to review. It included a double sided instruction sheet with quick start guide and project suggestions, a custom-made 9V battery + cable, a 9V battery connector, a custom plastic screwdriver, and 7 little bits:
- light wire
- dc motor
- bright led
- wire x2The step by step instructions included projects, like a Christmas Tree ornament, a Dancing Skater and a New Year’s Party Hat. My girls’ favorite thing to make was a stirring machine. It was really easy. They just attached the power source to the motor bit and taped a spoon to the motor. When they turned the power switch on the spoon rotated and stirred their drinks. It provided a great sense of pride for my girls when they were able to create their own working machines. The bits snap together so easily because of the magnets that it was very simple for my girls to tinker around with the bits and create all sorts of fun things. My younger daughter especially liked shaping the light wire into different shapes and was amazed when she attached the pulse bit to her creation and it made it blink on and off.
The kits can be combined to create all sorts of machines. There are 4 basic types of bits- power, input, output, and wire. What makes this system even easier is that each type of bit is color coded- power is blue, input is pink, output is green, and wires are orange. Power components provide electricity to the system. Input components interpret data or their surroundings – they are the eyes and ears of the system. Output components make visual, physical, and audible changes on their surroundings. Wire components route power and communication between the bits.
There are all sorts of project ideas on the Little Bits website created by Little Bits and Little Bits users including directions and even how to videos. Little Bits can be purchased in several kits from a teaser kit to an extended kit and you can also purchase each bit individually to suit your needs and project ideas. If you have a child who loves science, creating things, solving problems, tinkering around, etc. they will LOVE Little Bits. How about getting them a teaser kit for their next birthday and then add to it every holiday.
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I was not compensated for performing this review. I received one or more products mentioned for free to conduct my review. The statements expressed by me in this post are my own personal and honest opinions of this product.