This is one bug you want in your house. Created by Innovation First International, the HEXBUG Nano is a tiny, 1.75 inch energetic micro robotic bug that uses the physics of vibration and robotic intelligence to maneuver around obstacles on smooth surfaces (or not so smooth, because my kids have tried every surface in this house, and you'd be amazed what this thing worked on). It is powered by a tiny motor with 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious insect switches direction upon coming into contact with an object in its path, and possesses an uncanny sense of balance, flipping to its feet when turned on its back. The Nano transfixes children and adults alike with its dynamic behavior while exposing them to concepts such as cause-and-effect, momentum and randomness. I knew Bill (my electrical engineer husband) would love this. However, my kids reaction surprised me. They literally have been playing with this for over 2 (aff) hours, and that is just this morning! They love how it reacts like a real bug yet isn't icky like a real one. They've been running up and down the hall with it and giggling. There aren't many toys out there that keep my kids attention span! It is for kids 3 (aff) and up, so you do have to make sure your little ones don't put it in their mouths.
If you are looking for a unique gift for Christmas, HexBugs are it! Available at ToysRUs and Radio Shack, they are easy to find and will create hours of fun at your house!
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