November 30, 2018

Best STEM Toys of 2018

Looking to buy a STEM toy for your young inventor? This is what people are saying about littleBits’ new kits this holiday season

By Allison VanNest, Head of Communications at littleBits

The Bitsters behind your favorite STEM toys are proud of the work we do, and of the impactful tools that we’ve introduced this year to help kids dive into STEAM. But if you’re still shopping around for the best STEM gift for your young inventor, you don’t have to take our word for it.

Take a look at some of the feedback we’ve received on our new kits to help you make your decision.

Avengers Hero Inventor Kit: Every Inch the Hero

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littleBits’ Avengers Hero Inventor Kit has been chosen as a finalist for the Toy Association’s 2019 Creative Toy of the Year (vote for us here!). You might remember that our Droid Inventor Kit won in this category last year — we’re hoping to continue the trend.

We’re also pleased to have garnered other awards in 2018, including Seal of Approval Winner – The National Parenting Center; Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award; Fatherly Favorites: 100 Best Toys of 2018; 2018 Parents’ Choice Award – Gold; Tillywig Award Winner 2018 (Brain Child); TTPM Most Wanted Toys 2018 (Construction); The 2018 Good Housekeeping Best Toy Awards; and The Toy Insider: Top Holiday Toys.

Media outlets like PopSugar, Good Housekeeping, Fatherly, Washington Post, TechCrunch, and Polygon have included us in their holiday gift guides. The Nerdist even said of the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit:

“Littlebits has been making some of the most exciting and innovative droid and coding sets, and this Christmas they’ve outdone themselves with this incredible Avengers set. The Hero box comes with everything you need to build your very own Iron Man-style arm with multiple customization options and it’s app enabled!”

Wall Street Journal said, “littleBits is a unique set of magnetic building blocks that children can use to create machines of varying complexity in minutes.”

Gizmodo praised,

“For almost seven years now, littleBits has been cleverly getting kids to learn about tech with programmable electronic building blocks that make anyone an instant hardware hacker. Its latest kit also promises to turn kids into superheroes like Iron Man, but its real appeal is instead making you feel like Tony Stark as you build, program, and customize an interactive gauntlet.”

And 9to5 Toys said: “As per usual, build quality is rock solid across the board. The littleBits blocks are as fun as ever and if you’ve ever gotten a chance to play around with another kit in the past, you’ll find the same level of intuitiveness here.”

Getting Started with littleBits: Base Inventor Kit

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littleBits’ Base Inventor Kit is one of the best ways to jump into littleBits’ modular system of electronic building blocks. Not only did it win the Mom’s Choice Award (Gold), but it has been recognized as a “totally unique gift” by Red Tricycle, a “gender-neutral” gift by HuffPost, and as “the perfect gift for inquiring minds and rebel creators” by Engadget.

Singing the Praises of the Electronic Music Inventor Kit

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littleBits’ Electronic Music Kit is “cool” (Red Tricycle), “educational” (Inc. Magazine), and “hi-tech” (MusicRadar). GearBrain said:

“Without naming names, littleBits is very similar to a well-known toy maker that has projects that can build specific models, but also lets you invent on your own. These are the best kinds of technology toys, things with clear instructions to make to get kids comfortable with the technology so they build the confidence to go further.”

Explore a New World with the Space Rover Inventor Kit

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According to Fatherly, littleBits’ Space Rover Inventor Kit “lets kids explore their imaginations like NASA explored Mars.” TechRadar calls the build “an absolute blast.”

No matter which kit you gravitate toward this holiday season, littleBits has something for every young inventor. Which one do you love best?

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