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!
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!
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.