The 3Doodler EDU STEM Accessory Kit works with 3Doodler Create+ and Start+ Pens. | Source: The Toy Insider

We’re big fans of 3Doodler around these parts.

Aside from being a favorite among the Toy Insider team, 3Doodler’s line of 3D printing pens and STEM products has been a staple in my own home for the past few years. For inquisitive kids that love to create, 3Doodler demystifies the concept of 3D printing through safe, easy-to-use products that foster creativity. With 3Doodler, kids can essentially draw — or “doodle” — in 3D to create tangible objects.

This year, 3Doodler is serving up a new way for kids to extend their creations in new directions with an affordable add-on kit that works with the 3Doodler Start+ and Create+ 3D Printing Pens that many families already have at home!

An articulated snake is just one of the cool projects that kids can make with 3Doodler DoodleMolds | Source: 3Doodler

The 3Doodler EDU STEM Accessory Kit comes with a pair of new DoodleMolds — reusable silicone forms — that kids can doodle into and press down on to craft special utility pieces.

With the Interlocking Piece DoodleMold, kids can create rectangular frames that they can use as rollercoaster tracks, DNA helices, bracelets, and more. My personal favorite is the Ball and Socket DoodleMold that kids can use to create ball-and-socket joints like the ones you’d find on an action figure. The ability to make infinite joint sets (with 3Doodler filament, which is sold separately) means that articulation is now possible with 3Doodler creations.

Some possible project ideas include jointed snakes, geodesic domes, or even highly articulated 3Doodler action figures!

Kids can make an awesome marble rollercoaster with 3Doodler DoodleMolds | Source: 3Doodler

Related: Jump into At-Home 3D Printing with 3Doodler’s New Start+ Essentials Pen Set

This set comes with a pair of sheets that contain project blueprints for things that kids can make right away using their DoodleMolds, including a five-axis arm, a hinged box, a tripod cardholder, an articulated hand, a helical wind turbine, and more.

While 3Doodler officially calls this a “STEM” Accessory Kit, it really throws the “A” (art!) into the mix as a catalyst for nearly unlimited open-ended creative STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) fun that kids can enjoy all year long.

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, a Senior Editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and Editor of The Toy Report, The Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a Senior Editor and moved up the ranks to Deputy Editor and Editor-in-Chief.