Give your kids a head start in this connected world
Earlier today, we promised you some pretty cool Christmas content and here is the first taste.
A great gift for the kid who loves building stuff. Kinetic Creatures are DIY mechanical cardboard animals – Elly the elephant, Rory the rhino, and Geno the giraffe. These good looking friends are each made up of cardboard pieces that you assemble using tabs-and-slots. By turning the wire handle the creatures come alive with a simple mechanical motion.
We have all been fascinated by ants and spent hours watching their colonies in our childhood (at least I did) so how about taking the ant farming to a whole new level? Welcome Antworks, which is based on a 2003 NASA Space Shuttle experiment to study animal life in space and test how ants successfully tunnel in microgravity. If only this artwork had launched two decades ago, I would have learnt about microgravity while staring, you know, at ants.
Which kid wouldn’t enjoy personalised stories starring them (or at least their name)? Add to it a playlist of their favourite songs and even an email from granny. This tablet requires an internet connection for the personalisation features. Very cute.
Chameleon Solar Energy Powered 6 in 1 Robot Kit
This 37-piece kit is not only a whole lot of fun but also teaches kids about how solar energy is used to drive a motor. They can build six different models including planes, boats and wait for it, a puppy. What a great idea to teach them about sustainable practices.
Stars Wars. You saw that coming, didn’t you? Operated with remote control, your child can take the Little R2-D2 to playground, piano lessons, or even to war against the Empire. This little geeky guy can move forward, back, left, and right plus perform stunts and 360-degree spins.
Have we missed any cool geeky gifts that you have come across? Please let us know in your comments below.