Wooden building blocks have inspired the architects of tomorrow for years now, but littleBits wants to instead inspire future engineers. And with its new Gizmos & Gadgets kit, kids can easily build more than just simple circuits and electronics.

The kit comes with 15 electronic building blocks (as littleBits calls them) including a light sensor, slide dimmers, wireless components for connecting a creation to a smartphone app, electric motors, wheels, and all the cables a kid needs to start building one of 12 gadgets outlined in a step-by-step instruction manual. Everything from a remote controlled car, to a pinball machine, to a bubble blowing machine.

But the real beauty of a building toy like littleBits is that kids can toss aside the instruction manual and instead rely on their imaginations to invent whatever kind of contraption they can think of.

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That’s what’s helped Lego become a billion dollar toy brand, and so far has helped littleBits grow and expand its offerings over the past few years. And with a focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education, your kids probably won’t realize they’re learning something while they play. Suckers!

The littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets kit is officially available for purchase starting today for $200, but don’t for a second think it’s only for kids. If you’ve always wanted to dabble in electronics but find tackling an Arduino kit too daunting, the littleBits kits are a great way to educate yourself on the fundamental electronics concepts you’ll need to master before you grab a soldering iron one day. [littleBits]


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