Hex Bugs: not for the entomophobic

They are robotic insects. We have the Original, Ant, Crab and Nano. The Original is the pokiest of these; Ant is fast and furious; the Crab reacts to light and noise; and the Nano moves exactly like a little cockroach <puke>.

There are other types of bugs available. There is one called Larva, for example. It looks absolutely revolting.

The bugs are intended for ages 8 and up: These are small, delicate robots, with miniature parts that break easily and tiny batteries that run out if you leave the motor on. But with supervision, they make great entertainment for the little ones (little ones that have graduated the put-everything-in-the-mouth stage, that is).

Ham (18 mos) and Nica (4) love the Nano. It’s teeny, it’s fast but not too fast, and it sometimes makes Mommy go “Eek!” What’s not to love. Ham has not yet developed the part of his brain that tells him not to let the bug go into holes, crevices, under appliances.

If this ever happens to you, you might have to build the Nudger:

Two things that are great about the Nudger: 1) it’s very easy to make; 2) you can finally dip into the gigantic stash of takeout supplies that you’ve been hoarding out of environmental consciousness or in case of a global event that leaves you equipped only with one-use chopsticks and ketchup packets.

Two things that suck about the Nudger: 1) you have just made a long stick that your son covets and will try to use to “nudge” everything and everyone he encounters; 2) if you don’t dismantle it properly after use, it will do this:

An added bonus of the Nano recovery exercise is that we’ve found a few items that have been missing.