Little Things

COVID-19 Update: At the current time, DTDL is not circulating any items from the Little Things collection.

STEAM Kits are amazing resources for all ages to learn about science, technology, engineering, art, and math through play-based fun.  Each kit provides a unique STEAM resource accompanied by relevant and engaging books, DVDs, and guides.  All can be checked out for free with your library card.  All of the items in our collection are subject to our circulation policy.

For more items that provide opportunities for learning and engagement, check out our Library of Things collection.


Get into video game development with Bloxels video game creation platform.  Build your video games with a mix of physical and digital tools that include designs to help you get started creating your first game.  Then bring your design to life with the free Bloxels Builder app. Suggested age: 8+

Included: Gaming with Bloxels by Amy Quinn

Code & Go Robot Mouse

This coding set for kids turns coding into a hands-on analog activity for tactile and visual learners.  Kids learn to program while they build key skills that include critical thinking, problem solving, sequencing, and programming fundamentals.  Suggested age: 4+

Included: Find Out! Coding by James Floyd Kelly

Dash Robot

Kids can give Dash Robot voice commands and explore loops, events, conditions, and sequences with the five free apps.  It offers an open-ended learning platform that makes tech knowledge simple and accessible, helping kids grow into confident, creative architects. Suggested age: 6+

Included: Robotify It! by Elsie Olson

Gravity Maze

This gravity-powered logic maze is sure to put your visual perception and reasoning skills to the test.  The towers can be arranged in a wide variety of visually stimulating structures but, for each challenge, you’ll have to think carefully to build a path that will carry your marble to the Target Tower.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Science Stunts by Jordan D. Brown

Human Body

Enter the amazing world of the human body with this hands-on kit – complete with vital organs as well as representative skeletal, vascular and muscular systems.  Explore the workings of the human body and see how they fit together.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Human Body by DK
Magic School Bus Human Body DVD

Keva Planks

Building with these precision-cut, quality-stained planks is an ideal way to experiment with balance and proportion, gain an interest in architecture and learn about color theory.  Suggested age: 5+

Included: Dreaming Up by Christy Hale


The perfect introduction to inventing.  The littleBits inventor kit includes everything creative kids need to turn their ideas into inventions.  With a range of bits that move, light up and make noise, kids learn how technology is built and functions.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Getting Started with LittleBits by Ayah Bdeir


Magna-Tiles easily connect for hours of open-ended play.  You can create 3D objects like cubes, pyramids, and other geometric shapes.  Suggested age: 3+

Included: Tinkering by Curt Gabrielson

Makey Makey

Turn the whole world into a keyboard with Makey Makey.  It’s a simple invention kit for anyone doing art, engineering, and everything in between.  Connect the alligator clips to an object – be creative! – and the computer thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Makey Makey by Sandy Ng


The My First Lab Duo-Scope Microscope functions as a compound and stereo microscope in one unit. This allows you to view microscope slides as well as three dimensional items such as rocks and leaves.  Suggested age: 9+

Included: The Ultimate Guide to Your Microscope by Shar Levine

Ozobot Bit

Ozobot is a little robot that blends the physical and digital worlds – and teaches kids programming.  It introduces basic coding and robotics concepts, and prepares children to make their own Color Code creations.  Suggested age: 6+

Included: Controlling an Ozobot by Amber Lovett

Snap Circuits

Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits contains over 60 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices.  This set offers 305 do-it-yourself projects that will give an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Electronics for Kids by Oyvind Nydal Dahl

Snap Circuits Jr.

The Elenco Electronics Snap Circuits Jr. kit gives an introduction to electronics.  It contains over 30 color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices.  This set offers 101 projects – giving your child an entertaining, concrete education on how electronics work.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Circuits by Theodore Buchanan

Squishy Circuits

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way.  Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs and make noises with buzzers.  Suggested age: 8+

Included: Building Squishy Circuits by AnnMarie Thomas


Learn about engineering and develop problem-solving and motion skills in a fun way. Explore mechanisms and movements with connectors and construction straws designed to be used multiple times and combined with different materials.  Suggested age: 6+

Included: Make This! by Ella Schwartz


The Celestron 21035 Travel Scope 70 is a compact 70mm refractor telescope that is easy and convenient to set up.  It allows you to view the planets, moon, and star clusters, as well as brighter deep sky objects.  Suggested age: 9+

Included: Night Sky by Howard Schneider


As a tactile learning toy, the 3Doodler Start inspires creativity, design, planning, building and spatial understanding.  This 3D printing pen exudes low heat plastic that hardens almost instantly, allowing kids to literally draw in the air.  Designed with no hot parts and safe for kids.  Suggested age: 8+