A little while back, we asked Kickstarter for the best Kickstarter-funded products you could buy online and found that there was such a glut of products in one category — toys and gifts for kids — that we decided to turn it into its own separate story. Here, we talk with Kickstarter director of communications David Gallagher about the best Kickstarted kids’ products you can buy online.
GoldieBlox Craft-struction Box
“A Stanford engineering graduate launched this campaign on Kickstarter to ‘disrupt the pink aisle.’ It’s a game of construction that features the first-ever girl engineer character.”
Roominate Townhouse Building Kit
“It’s like a dollhouse, but with the addition of a motor and wiring to encourage basic engineering skills.”
“A big Kickstarter success story you’ve probably seen before — these pens let you draw in the air with non-toxic 3-D printer filament.”
Kamigami Robots Spot the Ladybug
“Designed by Berkeley engineers, these mini-robots magically fold up from a flat sheet and skitter over any terrain. Kids can control them via a downloadable phone app.”
Bunch O Balloons
$15 for eight bunches
“The advanced tool of balloon warfare started on Kickstarter and took over the world.”
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls
“One-hundred bedtime stories about the lives of 100 extraordinary women, this publishing phenomenon has sold over half a million copies.”
“A board game that teaches programming fundamentals to kids as young as 4. Start them young!”
MudWatt STEM Kit
“It’s a living fuel cell — meaning a source for electricity — that you activate using mud from your own backyard.”
IAmElemental Series 2/Wisdom Complete Set of 7 Female Action Figures
“A Time magazine invention of the year, these female figures reinterpret the idea of action toys for the modern era.”
Loog Electric Guitar
“Unlike standard four-string guitars, this has just three strings and a narrow neck, so it’s easier for kids to play chords.”
Candylab Toys GT10 Wooden Car Modern Vintage Racer
“A super lo-fi toy for kids or even adult collectors, this wooden toy car has real rubber tires and metal axles.”
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