littleBits fun & learning

Step 1: building electronic circuits straight out of the box

Step 1: building electronic circuits straight out of the box

My first littleBits kit arrived on Friday; I purchased the Premium kit. My kids excitedly opened the box and started connecting the different bits together to create different circuits. It was so much fun to watch my kids (7 & 12) discover this new toy. I helped explain a few things but mostly the kids learned how each bit worked on their own through experimenting. My Year 7 class will be ‘playing around’ with this littleBits kit this week and I hope to see some awesome creations.

Making circuits that do something; lights & vibrator

Making circuits that do something; lights & vibrator

It was a lot of fun making a Bubble Flute with littleBits

It was a lot of fun making a Bubble Flute with littleBits; dog liked it too!

How littleBits work

Each bit is colour-coded and are easily snapped together by magnets. You can’t put them together the wrong way because of the magnets! 🙂  Each bit has its own function, such as lights, sounds and sensors. You will always need a blue and green bit in every circuit that you build. The instructions in the kit are straight forward and easy to understand for young children.

BLUE bits are POWER – you need this in every circuit

PINK bits are INPUT – you use these bits to add control to your circuits and send signals to the following bits

GREEN bits are OUTPUT – these are the fun bits, they do something

ORANGE bits are WIRE – you use these bits to expand your circuits

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Resources & ideas for educators 

littleBits Educator’s Guide 

littleBits Lessons uploaded and shared by educators

I’d like to purchase these kits next: Synth Kit and Arduino Coding Kit. There are a variety of kits available & you can buy individual bits too. They are expensive in Australia though!

Hack my house activity – I saw something similar, but on a larger scale, using littleBits at a local High School. The students were learning about urbanisation and created suburban or city areas using littleBits and craft supplies.

This was a fun project, although it was a bit awkward to use & hold once it was completed.

This was a fun project, although it was a bit awkward to use & hold once it was completed.

2 comments on “littleBits fun & learning

  1. Margaret says:

    Go kids😜

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  2. […] Littlebits – an introduction to circuits, motors & sensors  […]

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