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littleBits

By LITTLEBITS
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars47%
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  • 3 Stars16%
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littleBits
littleBits
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Maria T.
Maria T.
Miami, Florida

45 reviews

The Base Kit is the starting point for teaching kids how to play with electronics. It comprises 10 modules, enough to show the basics of how electronics work and to even build simple projects, all without plugging in a soldering iron. You can teach your kids how to build an alarm, a lamp, a portable fan, and even a light sensor in moments, with all of the components clearly labeled to show how different electronics parts work together. It's a bit sparse for serious tinkering, but all models work with each other, and you can easily expand your collection piecemeal or with additional kits from LittleBits.

This isn't a very complex set, but it's an good starting point for getting kids into engineering. If you really want a lot of different parts to work with, though, you should consider jumping straight to the Editors' Choice Gizmos & Gadgets Kit, or the network-capable Smart Home Kit.

The Bits
Each LittleBit module in the Base Kit measures about an inch wide and is color-coded by the connectors on each end (except for power modules, which have only one LittleBit connector and a jack for a power source, like a battery pack or a USB adapter). Blue modules are power sources, pink modules are control devices like buttons and sensors, green modules are output devices like lights and motors, and orange modules are wires and splitters for placing and arranging different modules away from each other. Everything you build needs one blue power module, and at least one each of the pink input and green output modules.
The magnetic connectors on each module make hooking them up very easy. The magnets work with small plastic tabs on each connector to properly align modules in the right direction. You can't have a module upside-down or backwards in your project, because it simply won't stick. Small marks on the corners of the connectors and user-friendly text on the white board of each module further help you keep track. With the colors, magnets, and labels, it's almost impossible to jumble up your modules. 
LEAR17497 Isabella P.
LEAR17497 Isabella P.
Miami, FL

155 reviews

There are two big heavy hitters in this market- LittleBits and SnapCircuits. A quick rule of thumb is that LittleBits requires a little more investment and parental imagination before getting started, but they also go farther- LittleBits makes modules that adults use to quickly test out a variety of types of circuits from sensors to synthesizers. SnapCircuits is much easier for younger kids and solo play, but doesn't extend far past its marketed age level. Either of these kits is wonderful for children and adults alike- but you should consider what you're looking for. Do you just want a toy for young children to learn the basics of electrical engineering (get SnapCircuits)? Do you want a child-appropriate introductory toolkit that has a little less LEGO-style play up-front but can fuel a healthy imagination well into adulthood (get LittleBits)? Another comparison might be that if SnapCircuits were like LEGO blocks, LittleBits is more like an Erector set- not necessarily harder, just not as suited to outright play for small children, and more appropriate for experimentation.
Dee D.
Dee D.
Greeley, CO

6 reviews

f you need a gift on the spot then this is a perfect place to stop! Little girls and boys were in heaven with squeals of delight and intrigue as they tried to decide what item to invest more of their energies. The three female employees were bebind the sales counter periodically catching the eye of the adults and giving them warm cheerfing welcome as if they were friends with and everyone of them. The Playmobil stock has lots of choices,and styles which was nice to see. There were old fashion board games. The kits werevery cooly. The Magic Trick boxes and how to build dragon paper airplanes. So many items in the store that I could not decide what I liked best myself..I did like the learning sets that showed how electricity worked and such. Some of the prices were upwards of$20 over the price I would get online.
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Dover, DE

121 reviews

This set was gifted to my sister care center, where we have school aged children as well as preschoolers. The kids absolutely LOVE it. Reading other reviews I
noted that many had an issue with the simplicity of the projects that can be done with this basic kit. In my opinion it is a great starter kit for younger (3-5) children. That they can actually put together a simple circuit that DOES something seems to never get old. This is a big deal for them!!! For the olders (8-11) they enjoy the more advanced projects in the manual, and this kit is a great starter kit that allows add-ons as they become more adept (and I do as well!)
Montana S.
Montana S.
Visalia, CA

295 reviews

This is an amazing teaching tool, and the snap-together interconnectivity of the pieces is a proven design. MIT's Scratch programming system works in the same way. As a future parent, and overgrown kid, I love this product and can see it inspiring in kids a life-long love with tinkering and possibly sparking interest in a career in science and engineering. For the US, which is falling behind globally in the areas of math and science, this is a much needed area we need to work on as a country if we are to stay competitive with the rest of the world. Aside from this big-picture perspective, these things are just fun!
Meaad S.
Meaad S.
Springfield Gardens, NY

24 reviews

Describe your product in 3 words.

Simple. Playful. Powerful.

littleBits is more than a product, it is a platform for large and small inventions. We spend more than eleven hours a day with technology, but most people don’t know how it works, and spend the majority of their time consuming media. We believe people are born creative, and our electronic building blocks help to unleash the inventor within by engaging them in an incredibly powerful, exhilarating and most importantly, fun process of invention, rather than prescribing one-off experiences.
Kelli T.
Kelli T.

56 reviews

I have a very young cousin who loves to put things together and build and create so this was a gift to him. He was 8 when he got this and his higher level of understanding mechanics and how things go together really helped him to put this together with the help of dad from time to time. However, once it was together, he had no other interest in it. I wish there was a way to always change it or have parts that fit from another kit. Something to make it worth the money for a longer period of time.
Shakira J.
Shakira J.

3 reviews

This set includes a whopping 19 bits plus some awesome accessories including mounting boards, wheels and attachments for the servo bit. These make for a lot of different project possibilities and will complement other littleBits sets you might already have very well. This was my first time getting to play with a temperature sensor and I’m already thinking of possible projects to make with it.
Luz Paola M.
Luz Paola M.
Miami, FL

231 reviews

One of the best options of intelligent toys to develop the mind of the children, it makes me see how my nephew develops skills and becomes more independent when he learns to use the pieces, it is a great gift because it stimulates his intelligence and does more Ready, is super dudactic and makes me spend a lot of time to build to get results, is very good quality, I love this alternative
Michele S.
Michele S.
Titusville

6 reviews

This The great great great kids company to order toys from I would highly recommend this company is a great company and has great toys they last long there adorable and the children just love them and give us a five star for sure I buy these products again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again they're just great great great great great great great
Amanda R.
Amanda R.
Otsego, MI

736 reviews

Besides online can I buy the premium kits in any stores locally in Kalamazoo, Michigan?

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