Tech Your Kids Will Really Fall For

 

Now that school is (finally!) back in session, you might be looking for fun ways to keep the kids stimulated and learning but still having fun while at home. We like board games and hiking as much as anybody, but sometimes a little hands-on building and creating goes a long way towards getting your child(ren) interested in something new, or perhaps just learning a little more about their favorite activities and what makes them “go”.

smart toys

If your kids like computers, video games, robots, or construction, Botzees might be the tech for you. This smart toy brings together virtual and hands on play in a way that is both fun and educational. Kids will enjoy playing, and won’t feel like they are having more “ugh, learning” heaped on them.  Botzees, the newest toy from Pai Technology, is a new robotics kit that is meant for kids ages 4 and up. This is a great way to sit with your kids and learn together- I have to admit this is an area my son is far and away better then I typically. It’s fun to learn together, and he loves when he can show me things. With this kit, you and your kid(s) can build, program, and code. There are six pre-designed robots, or you can go all out and create your own.

Once you build your Botzee, it can “be taught to move, drum, dance, make sounds and light up using the free Botzees app. Additionally, the 30 interactive Augmented Reality puzzles will teach even more coding concepts with visual cues.” (as per Pai Technology) It is available for $100 at https://www.pai.technology/botzees and Amazon.
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LittleBits

Littlebits are an interesting take on the build it concept.  Instead of blocks or pieces, these are parts of something bigger.  The set includes LED lights, Servos, battery or power blocks and sensors of various types.  These pieces are broken down into 4 categories- input, sound sensors, buttons, etc; output, LED lights, Servos; power and connectors, wires to transmit a signal long or short range, or to break up a signal by fixed intervals.  When first looking at the box, it almost looks like someone took apart a complex electronic device, and it’s your job to put it together. However, this set is much more than that.  When stringing the pieces together, the user can make simple or complex circuits that can do everything from massage your back, to working a backhoe, or if the creativity is really flowing bring a drawing to life.  The instruction book is a great tool in learning how each piece works but the best way to really learn is hands on and with this set
hands on is easy to work with.  There is no danger of electrocution when connecting or disconnecting pieces.  They are held together with strong magnets and can only fit together in such a way that short circuiting the boards is difficult.  When playing with LittleBits it was great fun watching Little Man make connections in his head, from what he wants to happen to how he can make it happen using the pieces at his disposal.

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Air Stream Machines

Air Stream machines is an educational set which teaches kids about air pressure and air driven mechanics.  The book included is part instruction book, part educational tool.  Each project is broken down into simple steps while showing real world examples of air pressure, air flow and electrical to mechanical energy.  The star of the set is the hover craft.  This project is simple to build and rewarding as well.  With an adult helper, the pieces fit together perfectly and work just as the instructions say.  The hover craft can float over land or water on a pillow of air.  Little Man’s eyes lit up like Christmas trees when the hovercraft’s air pillow inflated then started moving.  This set is perfect for anyone young or old who is fascinated with vehicles and science in general.
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