Monday, 20 February 2017

Most people in the toy and game industry breathe a sigh of relief when the New York Toy Fair closes, as it marks the end of the relentless tradeshows and announcements of new toys, gadgets, and games for the year.

Friday, 17 February 2017

We've been exploring our littleBits Rule Your Room kit with our Minecraft papercraft world. littleBits lends itself nicely to craft with paper/cardboard and electronics adding movement, sounds, and lights to your makes.

Read our first impressions review of the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. The kit comes with a brilliant Inventions Guidebook, that gives lots of fun ideas for projects to make with the kit. When we started to explore outside of the kit guidebook, I was tempted to reach for our other bits. However, in this post, we only used the bits in the Rule the Room kit to show you what else could do with the bits.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Arckit is a freeform architectural modelling kit. It can be used by architects and designers or by those learning about architecture and developing their skills.

Arckit was originally designed for use by architects to save time on the traditionally time-intensive way models are constructed. Arckit now also focuses on STEM / STEAM education to develop future architects and encourage a wider interest in architecture.

Arckit's newer coloured kits (which are compatible with the rest of the range) are recommended for age 10+.

Disclaimer: Arckit sent us an Arckit A360 set to review. As usual our opinions are our own.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Last weekend we needed a therapeutic, downtime activity as a family. It was freezing outside, so I pulled out the Simbrix box, put it on the table and started making Valentine hearts. If you've not heard of Simbrix I highly recommend you give them a try. Let's just say, I hardly ever iron little plastic beads!

Monday, 13 February 2017

We've built another model from the K'Nex Robotics kit, this time it's the Dog. My 8 year old loves robot dogs so this time we worked together on the build. The kit is recommended for age 10+ and this is a good guideline for more independent use (though some older kids will still need some assistance.)

My 10 year old son has previously built the Stryder insect-like walking model (see our K'Nex Robotics review) and the huge and awesome Ball Factory which also required coding. I had helped him a bit but he took the lead on the building. This time I had to get more involved!

Thursday, 9 February 2017

**Closing Date: 25 February 2017**

Thanks to littleBits, we're giving you a chance to win a littleBits Rule Your Room Kit.

Our kids have really enjoyed playing with this electronics kit. Read our full review of the littleBits Rule Your Room kit.

littleBits Rule Your Room Kit is an electronics maker kit for kids who are interested in learning about electronics and create their own inventions. We've seen the Rule You Room kit before and included it in our electronics kits gift guide last year, but this is our first hands-on review.