Inventors and makers find inspiration in the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. Kids can use the pieces to arm their diary with a burglar alarm, for instance! 8 years+, $100.
Assemble a robot! Spin Master Meccano Micronoids are what Erector sets have become. You don’t just build; you program a creation to move and dance. 8 years+, $40 each.
Wonder Forge Stick Stack is a mesmerizing tabletop game that challenges players to pay attention to the colors as well as the precarious balance as they take turns putting down pieces. 8 years+, $17.
Kids adored the Spin Master Air Hogs Remote Control Batmobile, which zips faster than many RCs and just bounces off of walls and obstacles. It has to pause for charging, but when it races, it’s a thrill. 10 years+, $60.
Though they sound fierce, MGA Entertainment Air Wars Battle Drones are simple flying fun as far as our testers are concerned. They flew them side by side rather than battling; after all, having two means not having to take turns. (Or, charge one while the other goes!) 8 years+, $110.
Razor Jetts Heel Wheels turn sneakers (youth 12 to adult 12) into skates. But wait...they also send off sparks! Our testing shows that they need some practice to master but that it’s worth it. 8 years+, $40.