NEW YORK: littleBits announced its Droid Inventor Kit has been selected for the Good Housekeeping 2017 Best Toy Awards. Over 500 new toys were evaluated by the Good Housekeeping Institute's engineers and analysts and met safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Each toy was evaluated for ease of assembly, construction and durability; checked for pinch points; and drop-tested to ensure that they wouldn't shatter into small pieces with sharp edges or pose a choking hazard. Final decisions came from nearly 100 children, ages 1 to 13, who assessed the fun factor and helped decide which toys received the coveted award.

"We are thrilled that our Droid Inventor Kit has been recognized by the Good Housekeeping Institute and its kid-testers for their distinguished Best Toy Awards," said Ayah Bdeir, founder and CEO of littleBits. "We are passionate about developing kits that foster STEM/STEAM skills and ignite imagination and creativity. It is a great honor to receive this award and it is a testament to our dedication to providing quality products."

"The Good Housekeeping Institute and kid-testers were truly impressed with the Droid Inventor Kit," said Laurie Jennings, Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute. "The kit delivered on the safety standards and durability parents look for, while providing kids with the greatest play value."

With invention at its core, the award-winning Droid Inventor Kit fosters creativity and problem-solving skills. In-app challenges encourage kids to reconfigure the littleBits technology in new and unique ways, in combination with household items, so they can create their own custom Droids such as a delivery Droid, a room guardian, and more.

The Droid Inventor Kit includes all the components needed for kids to create their very own Droid. A free app (iOS and Android) completes the experience, providing step-by-step instructions and how-to videos.
•The app guides kids as they put together their Droid and control it in Drive Mode, Self-Nav, Force Mode, and more, making it the ultimate galactic sidekick.
•After mastering their Droid Inventor skills, kids continue on to challenges that spark creativity and inspire them to create unique new Droids.
•Each littleBits electronic block has a different function such as a power, motor, or sensor, which kids can use with their Droid in new and exciting ways.
•Included stickers and in-app missions encourage kids to customize their Droid using crafts or household objects, giving their Droid its own special personality.
•Kids will take pride in creating any Droid they imagine, and parents will love the endless play opportunities.

The littleBits Droid Inventor Kit is designed for children eight and up and retails for $99.95. It is available at Walmart stores nationwide, Amazon, Apple Store, Disney Store, and littleBits.com.
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(Posted on 28 October 2017, 1670577577 44O210O77O106)