Saturday, March 21, 2009

Snap Circuits

Here's another idea for a box item. We've had these Snap Circuits for a few years now. They are a great electronic toy. Remember using wires with batteries and hoping all the circuits were complete? With this set, it isn't so finicky!

You buy these in different sized sets- 100, 300, 500, 750. We started with the 300 set and upgraded to the 500. It might be time for another upgrade to 750. Also there is a computer interface where the kids can watch the electrical impulses on an oscilloscope. They used to sell it separately so I need to see if we can still do that.

They come with directions on how to set up the circuits.

E10 enjoys setting up new projects

They are all built on this base and the pieces are color coded. the pieces literally snap onto each other so there's always a good connection. The tricky part is building the circuit correctly. It has a place for the battery packs and you can switch them out easily, but I noticed the other day they sell an AC adapter for the sets. That might be worth getting.

You can find these at Amazon and other places on line I'm sure. These were a gift from my in-laws, but Rainbow Resources carries a full line.

Snap Circuits are a great learning tool and a lot of fun!


School for Us said...

We love Snap Circuits, too, though we haven't used them as much as I would like. My daughter just got them out again 2 weeks ago. That is a great idea for one of the workbaskets!

rainydaymichele said...

Great idea, Heather. My guy would like this!

Jennifer said...

Simon loves these. It's how his brain works.

chubbycheeks said...

My son loves playing these with my husband. We got a great deal on the 300 set on Amazon for Christmas.

Christian said...

We have these and we love them, too! This reminds me that it's been a while since we've pulled them out. I'll have to do that this week!

momtofivekids said...

that last post was me. :)

marya said...

My son really enjoyed these for a few years. All he thinks about these days is cooking, though.

Debi said...

I just got the 750 today on sale! The boys were/are so excited. It even has the computer interface part in it with 70 projects.
I can't wait to let them at them.
We had a smaller set that my husband had found when we lived in FL, some one actually had thrown it away, yes we dumpster dive. LOL, hope that doesn't offend you.