We’re proud to announce that the littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit was selected by Popular Mechanics as one of the best new toys of 2015! Editors assessed products on everything from design and materials to how technology is used during play, with a heavy emphasis on STEAM-related tools (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) and those that highlighted outdoor or imaginative play. Look out for the full review in this month’s Popular Mechanics magazine.
Speaking of press, the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit has received some rave reviews lately! Below are some of our favorite press excerpts from the Wall Street Journal, PC Magazine and Gizmodo, among others.
The Gizmos & Gadgets Kit won an Editors’ Choice award from PC Magazine, with editors noting:
“This package has everything you need to build countless fun little devices, with plenty of flexibility for exploring, and like all littleBits products it can be expanded easily with additional kits or individual Bits. It’s packed full of modules and ideas, and is excellent way to start your offspring on a path toward a STEM career.”
Engadget covered the launch of the Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, writing:
“Do you know an aspiring young maker? If so, littleBits is looking to lend a hand with its new Gadgets & Gizmos Kit. The collection of tech includes everything those young inventors will need to complete 12 different projects, learning about electronics, robots and more along the way.”
Lifehacker noted the Kit’s educational value, writing:
“Kids will have everything they need to complete a ton of different projects that play off of different science, tech, art, and math skills.”
Fatherly included littleBits in its roundup of the 8 Maker Toys That Build Creativity:
“Full of buttons, triggers, switches, wires, batteries, motors, LEDs, and more (the “Bits”) to encourage your kid (the “little”) to invent all the things. This kit was dubbed “The ultimate invention toolbox” because its 60+ parts can create 12 included inventions… All those hours of creativity and distraction should excite you more than a little bit.”
While Toyland Gizmodo noted:
“But the real beauty of a building toy like littleBits is that kids can toss aside the instruction manual and instead rely on their imaginations to invent whatever kind of contraption they can think of. That’s what’s helped Lego become a billion dollar toy brand, and so far has helped littleBits grow and expand its offerings over the past few years. And with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, your kids probably won’t realize they’re learning something while they play. Suckers!”
Lastly, The Wall Street Journal posted a video review that really hit the nail on the head:
“The goal is to get the kids to plow through the 12 key projects and countless variations, so that they can get in a frame of mind to truly invent.