Wednesday, 18 January 2017

We've recently reviewed Cubetto, a cute wooden robot to help young kids (preschoolers) come to grips with coding concepts. During our review, we thought the blank canvas (simple wooden block robot) was beckoning to be decorated.

Cubetto is developed with a Montesorri philosophy in mind, where children learn best by doing, through hands-on play and independent development. So, we designed some printable costumes which kids can easily decorate for Cubetto.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

KUBO is a new educational robot to teach coding skills to kids as young as 3. We mentioned mentioned KUBO in our new coding toys for kids for 2017 list and they have just announced a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo.

HoneyComb is a new range of snap together electronics components that can be used in maker and STEAM education and by beginners and hobbyists who want to explore making with technology.

Benjamin Franklin was one of the founding fathers of America, but we're interested in his life an an inventor. Franklin was a lifelong inventor and is particularly famous for his lightning experiment.

Benjamin Franklin was born on the 17th of January 1706 in Boston, USA.

Monday, 16 January 2017

The K'Nex Robotics Ball Factory is the biggest model from the K'Nex Robotics set. We've built it and programmed it and it was a really interesting experience. See our K'Nex Robotics review to find out more about the kit itself.

After my son had built the Spyder walking robot he was reluctant to dismantle it - it's a very cool robot. But, the Ball Factory model really caught his eye and he decided to start building it.

Friday, 13 January 2017

We've tried out the ScratchX Extension from Embedit which allows you to program the awesome Adafruit Circuit Playground board using Scratch running in the Chrome web browser. This is something we've been waiting for. We mentioned that we were looking forward to a ScratchX extension in our Circuit Playground review and Robert Barron from Embedit dropped by and let us know it was ready.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Hackaball is a programmable electronic device inside a protective ball. Kids can create their own games with the Hackaball iPad app and then play them indoors or outdoors.

Hackaball started off as a crowdfunded Kickstarter project and comes from UK start-up Many by Many. We interviewed Seb Potter last year when the product was under development. The idea behind Hackaball is to create a programmable toy that encourages kids to get physically active. In this hands-on review we'll look at the device in detail.