When Simone Giertz isn’t holding court as the Queen of the Sh*tty Robot Nation, she is creating content for other YouTube channels, like Tested. And, I just discovered, she’s also been doing toy “hacking” videos for GoldieBox, the engineering-for-girls toy company.
As you may know, Simone recently went completely indie on her channel, turning to Patreon when she got into trouble with her sponsors for some of her more adult content and salty language. I respect the fact that she wants to do her own thing, the way she wants it done, and am glad she’s found a way to pay herself so that she can continue to follow her muse, however mischievous that muse may be. But Simone has such a great child-like enthusiasm and wacky sense of humor, I thought it was a shame that her work had to be limited to an adult audience. Thanks to these GoldieBox videos, kids can now also get to spend some quality time with the Queen of “Not-So-Good Robots,” as she’s been re-christened on the channel.
The projects Simone does for GoldieBox are those perfect rainy day projects that kids and parents love. They’re the kinds of projects that kids can’t see without wanting to try their hand at and most of them require little more than basic household items. Simone and GoldieBox do a good job of explaining the projects, showing the steps, and just having fun with it.
These are really more activities than toys that you would likely make and use very often, but the fun ideas, immediate gratification, and project-learning experiences make these winners in my book. Here are five of the videos Simone has done to date.