Whether you home school, or you compliment your child’s education at home like most of the parents I know, you’ll want to check out littleBits. These learning bits are amazing and have some great potential for educational activities and HANDS ON learning. You know I’m a fan of that!
What Are littleBits
littleBits are kits with electronic components in them that come in individual modules, or bits. Kids assemble the modules in a variety of ways in order to create, experiment, and learn. And what’s awesome about littleBits is that kids don’t even realize they are learning until it’s too late. Genius evil plot to teach kids. I love it!
How to Use littleBits
There are a variety of concepts that littleBits will help your children learn and discover. The first is sequence and order. littleBits modules are color coded to allow your children to begin developing a visual cue for order. When assembled in a specific order, each module will act on the next.
- Blue – Power comes first, of course, and the Power modules are blue.
- Pink – The pink modules allow some kind of input – something the child can do – push a button, turn a dimmer switch, click the off/on switch, etc.
- Green – The green modules are the modules that have an action or output. They DO something. They buzz or light up or move.
There are many possibilities because of the way the bits are designed to work together but the overall order is important. A few quick experiments made that clear in a very hands-on and unforgettable way. Love that.
Another concept they learn is action and reaction. When you do something, the little bits do something. Turn the dimmer down and the lights are not as bright. Turn the dimmer up, allowing more power, and the lights get brighter. These are concepts that become the building block for all major sciences and maths later in life so seeing the principles in action makes it so much easier for kids to reach a full understanding.
We also ended up having another discussion about magnets and magnetism because of the way the littleBits modules fit together. This is one of my favorite parts of this kit. I was worried it would be too complex for my little guys and require “assembly”. But do you see these ends? These are magnetized ends on each module so the modules cannot be assembled the incorrect way. They only fit together the right way eliminating a potential for confusion and frustration for your kids. So they can get straight to the awesome learning part.
Want to Try Them? littleBits Coupon Code!
I have a great coupon code for anyone who wants to try littleBits with their curious kiddos. Get 10% off any Exploration Kit with code house10! Your kids will love them – mine do! And the best part is because of the unique ends any of the modules from any of the kits will fit with any of your other littleBits kits. Smart!
Disclosure: I received a littleBits kit and compensation in exchange for my time in reviewing them and opinions/photographs are completely original.
What do you like best about the littleBits kits?