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littlebits

littleBits $89

littleBits is an excellent way to introduce young people to electronics prototyping sans soldering and without the danger of accidentally frying components. Each bit has a unique function (light, sound, sensors, buttons, pulse, motor) and you simply snap them together magnetically to create larger circuits. No soldering, no wiring, no programming — just snap and play.

Laura Cochrane

I’m an editor at MAKE and CRAFT. I like hiking, biking, and etymology.


Comments

  1. Great list! Thanks for sharing. My STEM gift list is smaller, but has some overlap with yours. It’s at http://www.themakermom.com/2012/11/hot-holiday-stem-gifts-for-kids-ps-im.html

  2. Rose Glenn says:

    I have absolutely nothing to add to the list at this time, but I just wanted to say thank you. These are incredibly awesome ‘toys’ and though all my holiday shopping is done, every item here has made my christmas list for my kids next year. (boy 9 girl 5)
    The most I could come up with myself this year were a telescope, carnivorous plant system, triops, k’nex roller coaster, and a robot building kit.
    These are so much more awesome! thank you!!!!

Holiday Gift Guide 2012: Science, Tech, Engineering, & Math (STEM) Toys for Kids