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14 Best Electronic Kits for Kids: Circuit Building

14 Best Electronic Kits for Kids: Circuit Building

There’s something so exciting about electronics! Imagine building your own computer or inventing your own game.

These electronic kits are perfect to teach children all about circuits. Plus parents can spend time with their kids playing with something educational for both. Who knows what you might learn?

In school, circuits are engaging STEM projects letting students design and create something amazing.

Kids electronic kits are now so easy to use and provide many intellect-building lessons and challenges. From as young as 4 years old, with parent supervision, kids can experiment with an exciting technology that makes things move or light up.

What’s actually inside an iPad or a mobile phone? Electronic kits help answer these types of questions and will make kids think about the objects and toys in their life. The electronic projects that can be created are creative, and will help develop a child’s thinking skills while keeping them entertained.

Teach kids all about circuits with these 15 cool electronic kits for kids, available now.

1. Kano Computer Kit Touch

The Kano Computer Kit teaches kids how to make a laptop with a wireless keyboard, a wifi dongle, a speaker, Raspberry Pi 3, memory and cables. This new kit includes a Kano Screen to complete the experience.

2. littleBits Kits

If you’re already a fan of littleBits, then the Droid Inventor Kit will be top of your gift list. Kids can build a pretty cool looking R2D2 with electronic components compatible with other littleBits parts. Using an app, the droid can be controlled and makes 20 sounds from the Star Wars films. The fun doesn’t stop there. Each kit is customisable, so you can get creative and build your own droid! New kits available in the range include the littleBits Base Inventor Kit, Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, and the littleBits Space Rover Inventor Kit.

3. Snap Circuits Electronics Discovery Kit

The Snap Circuits Electronics Discovery Kit allows kids to build up to 300 projects. The circuit kit comes with 60 parts that are snapped together to create each project. The projects include: automatic street lamps, AM radio, radio announcer and water alarm to name a few. It’s a great electronic kit for younger kids as it’s very visual and easy to use.

4. SmartLab Smart Circuits

SmartLab Smart Circuits is a modular circuit building tool, similar to littlebits but without the accessories. Kids use a microprocessor module and connect different modules to the board using jumper wires. It’s a great introduction to electronics, letting kids make their own simple games and gadgets.

5. Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst

The Electric Motors Catalyst from Tinkering Labs is designed to inspire kids to invent their own creations. The kit comes with a set of challenge cards to get started, with fun projects like building a machine that can draw curvy lines, scramble an egg or a machine with a suspension system. For kids aged 8-12 years, in the box, you get everything needed for the electronics and robotics projects.

6. Circuit Cubes

These cool electronics kits from Circuit Cubes are sure to unleash your child’s imagination and let them build exciting and out of the box creations. This three block set includes a battery cube, a motor cube and a LED cube. With these three cubes you can create artistic patterns. They are easy to connect and place inside a lego creation or connect them inside of an empty toilet paper roll to create a flashlight. Read my full review here of Circuit Cubes Smart Art.

7. littleBits Gizmos & Gadgets Kit

One of the coolest electronic kits for learning all about circuits is littleBits. The kit comes with various buttons, wires, and controls that allow children to create fun things. littleBits is a well designed educational tech toy for kids that will keep them entertained project after project. Another great kit to look at is the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit.

8. The Arduino Starter Kit

The hugely popular Arduino Starter Kit – K000007 has up to 15 different projects for your child to complete. The kit comes with an instruction manual, various motors, sensors and LED lights. With these parts you can make projects such as musical instruments, digital hourglasses or a touchy feel lamp.

9. Makey Makey

Makey Makey is a kids invention kit that will enhance your child’s imagination and turn any ordinary object into a functional keypad. Through a laptop or tablet, children can connect the kits various control plugs into an object like a banana or a loaf of bread and create music, games or whatever they imagine. There is a great community of Makey Makey users and they provide many lesson plans for teachers and guides for kids to follow.

10. Technology Will Save Us Kits

Technology Will Save Us have a range of electronic kits  suitable for all ages. The DIY Electronic Dough Kit is something that kids as young as 4 years old can play with their parents. The kit gives you instructions on how to make your own dough, but to save time (and mess), you can use simple Play Doh to jump right in. Also just new is their larger Dough Universe set that comes with the dough and looks to be very exciting. Read my review of the Electro Dough Kit. The company’s latest addition is the Micro:craft Pack that uses the BBC micro: bit.

11. Piper Computer Kit

When it comes to unique invention kits for kids, the Piper Computer Kit is one that stands out among the rest because this kit gives your child a true computer building experience. It has its very own set of blueprints as well as a multitude of computer parts such as a screen, wires, speakers so kids can build their first computer.

12. Elenco Electronic Playground

One of the most experimental electronic kits for kids, Elenco teaches the basic principles of electronics, electricity, physics and magnetism. Some of the projects you will do are creating an AM broadcast station, an electronic organ, a LED strobe light, a timer and creating logic circuits. The included manual is easy to read and contains illustrations.

13. Circuit Scribe

Kids love doodling, so what better way to teach them all about circuits than to let them draw. Circuit Scribe comes with a special pen that contains non toxic conductive ink. You simply daw on some paper and place the provided circuit objects on top. Originally a kickstart project, this is a unique circuits for kids maker kit.

14. LightUp Edison Kit

The LightUp Edison Kit lets you take control and build working models that you can use in everyday life. The pieces are magnetic and snap together with ease. If you are having trouble with the kit working, simply take a photo with your smart device in the Edison app and it will tell you how to fix the problem. You can build a flashlight, a sensitivity alarm and much more. With additional kits you can explore more coding play.


Last update on 2020-09-24 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API