UNBOX  IMAGINATION

UNBOX
IMAGINATION

Creativity delivered to your door.
Learn HOW with Howtoons kits.

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ADVENTURE  TOGETHER

ADVENTURE
TOGETHER

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Celebrate the victory!

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BE A HOW-TO HERO

BE A HOW-TO HERO

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Build your world.
Live the adventure!

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HOWTOONS KITS.

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Monthly Subscription
Monthly Subscription
Get creativity and learning, conveniently delivered right to your front door. Sign up and receive a brand new imaginative project kit every month.
Single Kits
Single Kits
Now our most popular projects are available as single kits that include all the parts you need. Browse through our
selection.

What’s in the Box

  • Materials

    All the parts you need to build a working science experiment or engineering marvel.
  • Hands-On Learning

    Every project inspires kids to explore their world by putting science, technology, engineering, arts, and math to work in cool, tangible ways they can see.
  • Comic Book

    “I’ll never use this in the real world!” complained every kid ever. We beg to differ. Follow our eclectic crew as they show how brains, curiosity, creativity, and willingness to find a solution lead to breakthrough answers to the head-scratchingest problems.
  • Instructions

    Each included comic book sequentially guides thinkers through each phase of the project. In our world, creative problem solving is never an afterthought—it’s the star of the show.

How It Works

Order
1 Order
Sign up for a subscription to receive a new imaginative kit each month or order from our single kits. Recommended for ages 7–12.
Unbox
2 Unbox
Open your kit, arrange the contents, and embark on a new adventure of creativity and learning.
Discover
3 Discover
Follow along with Howtoons characters as they apply their smart to create solutions, then roll up your sleeves and build neat projects while learning about the science behind them.

LEARN THROUGH PLAY

What is STEAM?

STEAM is a group of topics defined as Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Howtoons projects are designed to help kids learn and build intuition about how the world works in a hands-on way. We wrap each lesson in stories and real-world creations to make the abstract concrete because the best way to understand a concept is to put it to work — or in this case, play.

WHY COMICS?

Our visual storytelling style immerses and engages kids, sparking imagination. Combining words with pictures is proven to be an effective way of communicating complex ideas. Stories give our projects meaning. Kids build, learn, and live the adventure.
LEARN THROUGH PLAY

About Us

Get to know our founders
Dr. Saul Griffith
Dr. Saul Griffith
An inventor trained as an engineer, Dr. Griffith received his Ph.D. at MIT and currently runs Otherlab, an independent research lab in San Francisco. Otherlab is working on renewable energy, robotics, and advanced manufacturing technologies. He has earned numerous awards for invention, including being named a MacArthur Fellow in 2007.
Nick Dragotta
Nick Dragotta
A comic book creator, and co-creator of the New York Times bestselling, Eisner-nominated comics series East of West. Nick’s career began at Marvel Comics, where he worked on titles as varied as X-Statix, X-Men First Class, Captain America: Forever Allies, Fantastic Four, FF, and Vengeance. He also works at Otherlab visualizing concepts.
Ingrid Dragotta
Ingrid Dragotta
The lead designer for Howtoons. She earned her BFA in Product Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design, and a DMBA in Design Strategy at California College of the Arts. Before Howtoons, Ingrid worked in the children’s apparel and toy industries at New Balance Athletic Shoe Inc. and Hasbro, Inc.

Our Mission

We believe that learning is a product of the hands, the mind, and the imagination. And that creativity is the beating heart of problem solving. We believe in a continuum of creativity from art to science that is bigger and richer than the sum of its parts. We empower children and their friends, parents, and mentors to make their own toys and invent their own fun. We seek to inspire the highest heights of imagination with fabulous adventures that give kids lifelong skills in science, crafts, creativity, using tools, and engineering. Because the world of the future is only as awesome as the one we wish to create.
Our Mission

Our History

Howtoons was first conceived by Saul Griffith and Joost Benson while at MIT. Inspired by beloved classics like Tin Tin, The Little Prince, and Calvin and Hobbes, they began to imagine how much better classic how-to books like The Boy Mechanic would be if they were more current, more visual, and more adventurous for a new generation of young experimenters. They realized how adding art and story could enhance the experience of learning and doing, and reached out to artists to help them bring their idea to life. As luck would have it, they found Nick Dragotta, a world-class comic book illustrator, and his wife Ingrid, a toy designer. They joined forces with Saul’s wife Arwen, a magazine publisher and veteran of Make magazine, and the Howtoons team was born.
Our History