10 best coding toys

- Yahoo

SAM Labs has been garnering rave reviews for its high-tech products, which have been described as “robotic Lego”. This Inventor Kit, a collaboration with the excellent Science Museum in London, contains four ingenious little blocks – a light sensor, a buzzer, a motor and a tilt mechanism – that can be used to add a techie twist to a range of home-made gadgets. They connect with software on your computer (again, you need to have one of these) via Bluetooth, eliminating fiddly wires, and there are five step-by-step projects for inventions such as a drum machine and an alarm. Once you’ve nailed those, your imagination is the only limit. Aimed at children of seven and up but the capabilities of these little things are advanced enough to keep tweens occupied.