Technology seems to be a recurring theme today. This time, I like to talk a cool project that was funded via Kickstarter. ATOMS Express Toys is a new electronics construction set that enable kids to make all sorts of cool stuff within 5 minutes of taking ATOMS out of the box. As a parent, I prefer activities that help develop creative ideas and enable children to learn as they play. The ATOMS “plug and play” smart blocks are designed to do that.
This extract from ATOMS’ Website explains their vision:
With ATOMS, kids can learn about functionality, technology, science and even engineering without a big investment of time or money on a parent’s part. Best part is, they’re having so much fun they don’t even realize they’re developing these skills.
on this photo: Prankster Set.
Kids, as young as 5 years old, can animate the toys they already have by hooking together the ATOMS building blocks. Examples of things that they could do is to make a stuffed animal walk, built a monster truck, blow their LEGO construction or lit the lights of a toy car. Actions can be activated with a sensor or by controlling a smartphone. ATOMS provides children with tons of possibilities. The collection has 13 modules, and if their project is successful, more sets will become available.
Watch the following video to know exactly how this works.
I can only imagine the numbers of hours that my husband and my son will pass with the ATOMS Express Toys. I might have trouble to bring them to the dining table. If you are interested, stay tuned on ATOMS Express. The first deliveries are set for June 2013.
+ top photo: Michael Rosenblatt of Seamless Toy Company, the maker of ATOMS Express Toys.
Julie R.January 11, 2013 at 09:51
Just joined their mailing list. These will be great when they come out this summer. Would much rather buy something like this for a b’day party than a toy that might be played with for a day and then put aside.
KimJanuary 11, 2013 at 12:14
Good point, Julie. And I bet that the kids will enjoy this activity more than a toy.