The Hexbug Nano is a cool little robotic creature that I learned will keep not only your kids, but your husband occupied for long periods of time. At just 1.75 inches long, the Hexbug Nano scoots across the floor at amazing speed. The creatures operate on vibration and 12 tiny legs. We quickly discovered almost nothing stops them. If they run into something, they'll just switch directions. One of ours even ran under the stove and after a few moments of me worrying that we were going to have to move the stove to get it out, it re-emerged, totally fine.
We raced our Hexbug Nanos and even ran them through a maze of sorts made out of Legos. If you buy them, you'll probably want to pick up more than one because it's a lot of fun to race them or to let them swarm. Kids will come up with tons of ideas to play with these. I can even see these used in a homeschool environment.
The only downside we found is that they won't run on carpet. It limited the areas where we could play, but it certainly didn't stop us!
Produced by Innovation First, Inc, you can learn more about Hexbug Nano at Hexbug.com. Hexbugs come with a special code that you can enter online for online play, too. There, you can learn about science and famous scientists, and play games in addition to registering your Nano and keeping track of your collection.
Hexbug Nanos are slated to come in several collections--all named after scientists. The first is the Newton Collection and they're available in several colors.
Hexbug Nanos are both educational and fun. At $7.99 and available at Toys R Us, they're ideal stocking stuffers and make it easy to collect them. Younger children will enjoy chasing them and racing them while older children will undoubtedly like to build mazes and race courses along with collecting them and using the online site to learn even more.
Here's just one of the many cool videos you can find on YouTube about the Hexbug Nano.