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Warning: Hexabits are addictive

DragonflyOne day, a salesperson sat down at my desk and pulled out a plastic baggie filled with small, flexible hexagon-shaped pieces that interlocked. A new construction toy. I don’t think I paid attention to another word he said. I was totally captivated by my creative efforts, and I was reluctant to return his sample an hour later. Now Hexabits have arrived, and anyone who loves construction toys should pick up a set.

Hexabits require a good measure of manual dexterity and finger strength, so they are best for older children (and adults, ahem). You can create flat landscapes of virtually any size, or capitalize on the flexibility of the pieces to create interesting three-dimensional objects. The Hexabits website has downloadable grids that you can use to design mosaics, and you can also create a customized color mix, if you’ve got something really specific in mind. Otherwise, just grab a small set and start playing – if you’re anything like me, you’ll have a hard time putting them down.

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