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It’s Cold Out There! Parent Edition with the Chibitronics Chibi Lights Kit

In Chicago, it’s nearly -50F with wind chill today and no sign of letting up. That means we have the next few days inside with kids who have a lot of time on their hands. So, we decided to break out the Chibitronics Chibi Lights kit and have our 4 and 6 year olds tinker with them.

My impressions: They absolutely love these things! Paper circuits can be so difficult to get working, but Chibitronics’ sticker LEDs and clever use of simple office clips and trace-on paper make it incredibly easy to put one together.

In addition, the book that comes with the Chibi Lights kit incorporates a clever element of art (something that Jie Qi, one of its creators, is well known for), and encourages kids to build circuits that are creative and incorporate drawing and other elements. So many STEM activities are focused on the end product (building a working thing) instead of the process, and the entirety of the individual engaged in the process. I really appreciate how the kit addresses this.

10/10. Highly recommend.


Jay Margalus is on Twitter at @jaymargalus

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