March 19

Build a robotic arm and more with the littleBits Base Inventor Kit at $60 shipped (25% off)

Amazon offers the littleBits Base Inventor Kit for $59.97 shipped. Also available at Walmart for the same price. Originally retailing for $100, it has more recently been selling for around $80. That takes 25% off the going rate and matches the third best price that we’ve tracked. The Base Inventor Kit includes 12 different activities like a voice-activated robotic gripper arm and more. And just like many of the other littleBits kits, this one pairs with a smartphone or tablet to guide you through assembling the creations and learn coding know-how along the way. Rated 4.8/5 stars and you can get a more in-depth look by swinging by our launch coverage.

October 30, 2018

Coding, to those unfamiliar, can often seem like magic. Rather than have this mystery be a bad thing for newcomers to the world of programming, Kano’s latest release looks to use this mysticism to inspire. The Kano Harry Potter Coding Kit was showcased earlier this year, and now we’re finally getting our hands on it.

By pairing a buildable magic wand with an in-depth and intuitive companion app, Kano’s Harry Potter Coding Kit teaches first-time coders the fundamentals they need by reciting spells and more. Head below to get an in-depth look at the company’s latest, most-entertaining release yet.

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October 14, 2018

Today we’re getting our first look at the Amazon Top 100 Toys List for 2018. This annual tradition delivers insight into what the online giant expects to be its best-sellers throughout the holiday season. With Black Friday 2018 just over five weeks away, it’s no surprise that Amazon is gearing up for the busiest shopping window of the year.

The Amazon Top 100 Toys List is filled with all of the usual big names, including LEGO, Melissa & Doug, NERF and many more along with various newcomers. Head below for more and our top picks.

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September 13, 2018

Kano first hit the scene back in 2015 as it rolled out STEM-focused coding kits centered around the popular Raspberry Pi computer. More recently, the kid-friendly brand has introduced its first kit with a display and even a Harry Potter wand. Fast forward to today, and Kano is taking the stage with a new build that centers around its first touchscreen display.

As iPads have filtered into schools, kids are more familiar with using their fingers as an input device. That makes Kano’s new release all the more suitable for STEM education and DIYers. More below.

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September 10, 2018

This morning, Sphero introduced its latest smartphone-powered robot dubbed the BOLT. Laden with various sensors and LEDs, this model arrives with a familiar spherical design as seen on the previously released Mini. Sphero drops the colored casing for a clear look inside at all of the BOLT’s tech. More below.

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September 1, 2018

In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Best Buy launches its huge Labor Day sale, we have the biggest Philips Hue sale of the year at Amazon, Apple’s AirPods fall to $127.50, more…

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August 28, 2018

LEGO’s Mindstorm, Boost and Power-up sets have long been facilitating learning and play inside and out of the classroom. And earlier this year at Toy Fair 2018, we got a glimpse into the company’s plans for introducing learn-to-code kits to an even younger age group. Today, LEGO has introduced their latest kit, the Duplo Coding Express in hopes of getting even younger builders interested in programming.

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August 11, 2018

In this week’s Best of 9to5Toys: Sprint offers the iPhone X for just $5/month, Best Buy’s back to school event offers deep discounts on Apple products, Anker launches its biggest sale of the year, and more…

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August 1, 2018

These days, getting kids interested in STEM and programming has become easier and easier thanks to companies like littleBits and Kano, who partner with some of the most beloved and recognizable franchises out there to make it ass accessible as possible. Looking to not be left in the dust by last week’s Kano Harry Potter Wand kit, today littleBits is debuting its Marvel-themed Avengers Hero Inventor Kit.

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June 19, 2018

For many of us, assembling the first computers we could call our own was a right of passage to the freedoms that came with owning them. The same can’t be said for those growing up today, as often times the first device many receive is a hand-me-down smartphone, tablet and laptop.

Kano, one of the better-known companies in the STEAM and educational market, has a new kit in which kids, or really anyone for that matter, can assemble their very own portable computer and experiment with coding thanks to a variety of interactive tutorials.

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May 2, 2018

National Teacher day is coming up on May 8th, and schools celebrate Teacher Appreciation week from May 7th–11th. I have many teachers who made a positive difference in my life, and I am sure you did as well. If you want to surprise your child’s teacher with a few tech-related gifts for Teacher Appreciation Week, here are some things I recommend from personal experience in the classroom.

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February 21, 2018

Following early January’s unveil of the latest games DLC Nintendo would be bringing to its consoles, the company also launched a surprising new accessory to the Switch. Nintendo Labo — a series of cardboard add-ons meant to emphasize DIY creations — was debuted to a lot of skepticism, but after finally getting our hands on the unique new system, we can say it’s worth more than the cardboard it’s printed on.

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February 19, 2018

LEGO scored big among audiences in 2017 and it has definitely showed its superiority at the New York Toy Fair this year. As the festivities concluded this weekend, LEGO took home three of the prestigious awards for the best toy in three separate categories. expand full story

February 14, 2018

We first told you last summer about a crowdfunded kit from Sony called KOOV for kids. These new kits teach kids all about building and operating robots using colorful building blocks. Well, after a very successful campaign, Sony is now offering up a new kit for educators to use at schools. It’s still called KOOV, but the educator kits are specially designed for learning in a hands-on classroom environment.

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September 23, 2017

In this week’s Best of 9to5ToysNike takes an extra 20% off popular styles, Twelve South iPhone 8 accessory giveaway, iPad discounts and more!

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January 4, 2018

Set to hit the stage at CES 2018 next week is Cubroid’s latest smart toy for kids. Cubroid is a robotics startup with products designed and developed in Newport Beach, California. The company was founded by a team of experts and engineers who are involved with advancing creative and fun educational ideas for children. It’s newest development is called CURO and it will teach the little ones of the world how to code and learn to interact with AI like never before.

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December 16, 2017

In this week’s Best of 9to5ToysNike takes $20 off orders of $100 sitewide, Sam’s Club 1-Day Sale offers rare Apple TV 4K discounts, and much more.

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December 15, 2017

We’ve seen our share of coding bots for kids, but this is the first one we would actually take home to our families. With an intuitive design and easy to use controls, it looks like this robot will not only teach kids how to code, but help them enjoy the process too. Codey Rocky is currently being funded on Kickstarter, and with more than a month to go in its campaign the company has already reached is fundraising goal of $100,000.

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