But this year for Christmas, this great Snap Circuits Jr set was on Max's list and my wonderful Aunt and Uncle sent it for him. In the joy of Christmas morning, he looked at it, said "cool!" and "thank you" but then swung back to his Legos. It was about 2 days later that we actually opened it up to play with, but then he was hooked.
|I see a bit of Evil Genius shining through here.|
He said he was hungry, so I left him to go make lunch. Midway through cooking he screeched and I whipped around. No need to be alarmed, though; it was a squeal of glee that he'd gotten the motor and propeller working on his own! He kept right on going through projects without me, then started making up his own circuits. We discussed the difference between connecting things in series and in parallel. We talked about why batteries run out.
expansion set for his birthday. I heard the buzzing of the motor one evening as I was doing dishes and asked what he was doing. He nonchalantly told me his dinner was hot so he'd built a fan to cool it a bite at a time. And indeed he had.
|The Max-designed dinner-cooling fan.|
Circuit Stickers are exactly what they sound like: a way to make real, functioning circuits on paper (or just about any surface) using stickers! Just imagine what kinds of projects that opens up!
When you're ready to do more, go get yourself a Circuit Scribe. These pens have conductive ink which let you literally draw out your circuits, then watch them work!
To go a step farther, check out these real, working electronics ready to assemble on a piece of paper:
Wired explains just how that's done.
There so much great stuff out there! And there's room for both all-natural no-tech toys and these awesome STEM-skill-building goodies in my kid's life. Hopefully yours too!