We did our fair share of arts, crafts, and creating at my house growing up, but the bar has certainly risen since that time: littleBits combines problem-solving and technology skills with fun, in an entirely fresh and modern fashion. littleBits enables kids to create their own prototypes and electronics, ranging from the simplistic to the sophisticated, with no programming or wiring required. Experimenting with littleBits provides a refreshing opportunity to learn alongside our kids -- electronic modules are probably an untapped area for many of us!
Each littleBit is its own mini-circuit board with a specific function, such as light or sound. The kid-friendly creations can be snapped together to create larger projects, ranging from easy to "Paging MIT!" (which is incidentally the littleBits founder's alma mater). Browsing on the littleBits website is inspiring. Learn about the vibration motor, the pulse, and the difference between an led and an rgb led. Read on to see littleBits in action after the jump.
Want to wade in? Try littleBits’ teaser kit, which comes with 3 bits for starter projects. The web-only bundle is great for adventurous beginners with six littleBits including a slide dimmer and a power source. And for those who have a specific project in mind, you can also shop for individual bits.
Warning: littleBits will likely make your kids (ages 8 and up) obsessed with creating and recreating with electronics so you may want to stash your remote or other devices!
If you’re in New York City, stop by New York’s Museum of Modern Art Design Stores to behold the littleBits large window installations, currently on display until May 12th.