Tuesday, August 20, 2019

STEM blocks that light up... yes!!!!

Please note I was sent product samples to review in exchange for this blog post.  All photos and opinions are my own.

I think it's safe to say Blocks are a universal childs' play toy.  But blocks that light up and are magnetized..... now that just up'd any kids interest level 10 fold.  I was recently asked to review Tactbit.  Cubes that light up when they are pushed together.  The cubes are magnetized and great for stacking and building.   It is perfect for my 4 year old to play with, but my 7 year old is equally interested in them.
We have a lot of STEM toys at our house, because I love for my kids to learn while they play.  Tactbit is perfect for teaching kids how to hypothesize, invent and build. Preschoolers through elementary can learn the basics of circuitry, conductivity, magnetism, resistance and more.  With my 7 year old we placed a large paper clip diagonally across the cube to demonstrate a short circuit.  Often times when an electronic device stopped working I made the comment it must have a short somewhere.  She never understood what that meant until I demonstrated that the battery was connected to the light and once another connection was made (i.e. the paper clip) bypassed the battery and turned off the light.  (I just love science.) 

Each cube contains 2 LED lights.  There is one power cube that contains an on/off switch as well as a plug in for a USB cord.  The rest of the cubes either come in color or are white.  Once a cube is snapped next to the power cube all of the attached cubes will light up.  Twist the power cube and the lights change colors.  The power cube will maintain power for about 4 hours before needing charged.  No batteries are required.  (Yea!)
Tactbit has a kickstarter campaign going on now.  To learn more visit their kickstarter site.  You can also sign up for the e-mail list to get all the latest news.

Thanks again to Tactbit for sending me product to review for this blog post.

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