Last fall while I was shopping a local consignment sale I found a box of Snap Circuits for really cheap. I’d been looking at them on Amazon, but I wasn’t 100% certain about the purchase. Finding them at the sale was perfect! I grabbed them, paid for them….and then stuck the set in my closet and totally forgot about it!
Last week the kids and I were volunteering for a local rummage sale, and one of the perks about volunteering is getting first dibs on the stuff! I saw three smaller snap circuit kits, and remembered the large one I had put away. I brought the smaller kits home and while I was making dinner Sophie saw the boxes and asked if she could check them out. Before I could say yes she was off and running.
Both girls disappeared after dinner, and when I peeked into the school room I saw them huddled over a pile of snap pieces reading instructions and working together. Sophie was able to figure her set out in no time flat, but Bella was struggling a bit. Instead of getting frustrated though, she asked Sophie for help and together they completed the flying saucer set. Her look was pure triumph when she pressed the button and away the flying saucer flew!
The next day I found the large set I had purchased months ago and dumped the box on the table. Their instructions were simple: work together to create a complete project. Of course, once Sam saw what was going on he wanted in as well!
Bella was able to recreate the flyer saucer she had created the night before and helped Sam build one for himself. Sophie built this huge set that played music and lit up, depending on which way the switch was flipped.
But Bella was my star. Not because she was the fastest, Sophie was. Bella has a tendency to give up when she doesn’t understand why things work, or when she gets frustrated. However, she stayed on task and figured out what she wanted to build, and then she built it. Not only that, then she took her creation apart and built it a different way….and then she figured out how to add on to it.
If you aren’t sure what Snap Circuits are, here’s the basics:
- Create Working Electronic Circuits
Snap Circuits comes with over 60 pieces to create 305 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, a slide switch, a resistor, a microphone, and capacitors, snap together easily onto the included plastic grid–no soldering required. Each piece is numbered and color-coded to make identifying them easy. These components combine to create working circuit boards just like the ones found inside televisions, radios, and other electronic devices.
- Simple, Fun Projects Let Kids Learn While They Play
With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits run the everyday devices that they’re familiar with. They’ll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manuals include large color illustrations and simple directions for each project.
- Grow as You Go
Because the projects are arranged in order of complexity, kids can build on their skills as they progress through the manual. The lessons start out with a simple electric light and switch project that demonstrates how electricity is turned on and off with a switch.
- Design Your Own Circuits
Once children have mastered several of the techniques introduced in this kit, they can use the components to experiment and create their own customized circuits and electronic devices.
I think this was the best school day we have had in a long time. All three kids were engaged, thinking creatively and having fun – and they worked together really well. These days are my reminder of why we choose to homeschool!