From Elenco comes the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100, a great way for kids age 8-12 to learn about electricity without a shocking price tag. The idea behind the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 is to make electricity both interesting and accessible to kids, and this is done by making the kit as simple as possible. The 30 parts included in the kit easily snap to the included plastic grid – hence the name – and take out a lot of the potential danger when it comes to setting up electronic gadgetry.
By hiding the bulk of electronic components behind easily color-coded housings, the Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 avoids the dangerous look of most electronics kits along with most of the problems inherent in such toys.
The SC-100 comes with a simple and detailed instruction manual that easily demonstrates how each project should go together – and there are a total of 101 to complete. With only minimal adult supervision, kids can get started on their own projects and parents need not fear that they will accidentally burn down the house or singe off their eyebrows.
Projects included in the kit range from doorbells to alarms as well as standard light bulbs and gadgets which work based on light or sound. Reviews of the under-$25 product on Amazon are overwhelmingly positive, with 219 five-star reviews and only 1 from each of the other star ratings.
Frankly, it’s easy to see why with this one. The kit is simple and straightforward and eliminates much of the guesswork involved in standard science-type learning. Not only that but a host of upgrade kits are available, each with progressively more complex projects but the same basic snap-in structure that sets the SC series apart.
Brilliant? For a kid’s toy, absolutely. Electrifying, even.