These LEGO-like electronic modules for kids help children develop important STEM skills. A fun as well as educational toy, the mCookie from Microduino consists of small magnetic modules that can be fitted together to create something bigger. They are also compatible with actual LEGO bricks.
Arduino IDE is required for downloading code onto the electronic modules. Tiny circuits also mean some parental supervision might be required, but the toy is designed for youth aged 6 and up.
Pairing a familiar toy with new technology is an excellent way to get young people involved, especially if they are just starting out with coding concepts. This skill-building toy makes a practical gift for youngsters this holiday season. It's also a gift that keeps on giving as new abilities are acquired that could prove useful in the future.