We have reached Day #11 in our 12 Days of Wonder. Today’s spotlight science toy is Snap Circuit Deluxe Kit.
We only have one more day to go.
Steve Spangler Science is celebrating the 12 Days of Wonder and highlighting our top 12 science toys and kits that are perfect to put under the tree. My husband spent time with our girls with this kit and his review is below. Steve Spangler Science also found 12 respected, popular mom bloggers to each test and review one of our 12 science gifts. I will include a link to their blogs and their honest reviews of each gift idea at the bottom of this post. Today, Melanie from 2 Boys + 1 Girl = One Crazy Mom shares her review. The kit is also the Deal of the Day.
Day 11 of the 12 Days of Wonder features the Snap Circuit Deluxe Kit.
Today only, this kit is our DEAL of the Day for $51.99. Regular price is $64.99.
Opening the box and seeing all the components in the Snap Circuits kit was initially daunting. But after getting into the booklet, it was obvious that this was a well thought out kit. Every piece fits easily together and the example diagrams were very easy to follow. In about 3 minutes, I was able to build a basic circuit with my 10-year-old and turn on the light. That light was the perfect opportunity for me to explain what was happening right in front of her.
The examples have both a diagram and a corresponding explanation of what each circuit setup is doing (why the light turns on; why one light is brighter than another…) A favorite in the kit was the motor and propeller. After you get the motor going fast and turn off the switch, the propeller floats into the air. The girls took turns catching the propeller. It was fun to learn why the propeller would or would not fly off the motor in certain setups.
What surprised me most was that the kids took over the kit completely and began trying circuits from their own imagination. There were circuits with one or two of the sound modules playing before sending the propeller up. They actually got into arguments over who gets to build the next circuit.
The parts are very robust and feel like they will last a long time. They are sturdy and good for little fingers to snap in place. Overall, I was very happy with this kit – except maybe that it is making me try to resurrect long-forgotten memories of when I learned about electricity, which wasn’t nearly this fun.
Read the Review from Melanie from 2 Boys + 1 Girl = One Crazy Mom >