If you’re still trying to think of a cool Christmas gift for the little techie on your shopping list, here are a few suggestions:
I remember spending countless hours with my “160 in one” electronic circuit kit from Radio Shack. Thankfully, these kinds of kits have become less about stabbing yourself with wires and more about snapping things together. The LittleBits Kits make me wish I could have a do-over, because the most interesting circuit I built when I was young just lit up a few LEDs. Watch the video – these kits look fun!
This foam Minecraft sword is something that parents really should buy in pairs. How else are the kids supposed to duel? I bought one for my youngest daughter and all she did was hang it on the wall like a trophy. Clearly if I had purchased a second one then much more stabbing of her sister could have taken place.
LEGO Fusion combines real world with fantasy. You make things with LEGO bricks, and then play with those things within the free companion app. Kind of like Webkinz from a few years ago, except this time your kids’ virtual things won’t die when they stop spending your money.
Check it out at http://www.lego.com/en-us/fusion and pick one up at Toys ‘R’ Us.
Here’s another product that combines real world with virtual world. It comes with a stand for your iPad 2 or iPad mini and turns the camera into a shape recognition device. It comes with three games (Newton, Tangram and Words) that encourage competition and interaction between children. And when they’re done playing Tangram, they can leave the pointy shapes on the floor for you to step on.
Erik has planned the perfect Christmas for his family. The plan is foolproof, bulletproof and flame retardant. Nothing can undo the hours of planning and preparation. Nothing but odd-shaped packages, ill-timed fruitcakes and an errant neighborhood Santa Claus. Get it now and have a Merry Christmas.