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Up and Atom: Thames & Kosmos’ “Happy Atoms” Adds Android App

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Thames and Kosmos’ “Happy Atoms” combines physical and digital components for molecular exploration.


Combine and Define…
This interesting experimental kit from Thames and Kosmos first came to our attention at The Toy Association’s annual Toy Fair this year. Happy Atoms is a safe and fun method of exploring the chemical foundations of the world around us. The game oriented analog and digital kit allows young scientists to build combinations of atoms and elements from a bag full of magnetic physical representations. Then they can explore the molecular properties of their creations via a downloadable application.  It is perfect in a S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) classroom as well as at home on the kitchen table. Happy Atoms comes in a choice of three kit versions, the Complete Set, Introductory Set and the Educator’s Bundle. The App is a Free download.

Droid Oids…
When first introduced and funded in December 2016 via an Indie Go-Go campaign co-launched with Schell Games, the software was only available for iOS. This week T&K announced the availability of the kit as an Android App, a port that was funded in part by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

Vertical Horizons…
Thames & Kosmos’ expansive line of robotic and experimental and experiential kits include Code Gamer which was the winner of Top Tech Toy Award 2017 from the The Toy Association at the 2017 International Toy Fair held in New York last February.

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Thames & Kosmos Game Coder. Winner of The toy Association Tech toy of the Year Award for 2017

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Gearing up to go vertical. Toy Insider STEM 10 Award Winner GeckoBot from Thames and Kosmos.


One of our favorites is the GeckoBot a gravity defying construction kit that achieves its wall climbing wonders by motorized air suction. That quadrupedal green machine was a Toy Insider STEM 10 Award winner in 2016.

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UN-ADULT-erated Fun: Toy Insider’s Sweet Suite 2017

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Orders of the day at Sweet Suite 2017, were fun and easy to follow.


If you’ve watched a television news or talk show segment about toy trends in the last couple of year’s it’s almost certain you’ve seen “Toy Insider Mom” Laurie Schacht doing the demonstrations. Laurie and the Toy Insider team have built a reputation as the go-to mavens for broadcast and online information about what’s hot on the horizon of play. Toy Insider’s pre-gifting season lists point to the best of what’s on the market. Their hashtag, #WeKnowPlay, is not a boast – it’s a fact.
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