I know the best educational toys stimulate open-ended play. Things like blocks, balls, and art supplies. Okay, and cardboard boxes. But I’m a sucker for gadgets that stimulate interest in technical areas such as electronics. That’s why I was happy to discover Elenco Snap Circuits. These kits are recommended for ages eight to 15 (and have small parts making them unsafe for children under three) but most five-year-olds will enjoy using them with some parental assistance.
Kids can’t help but learn as they have fun assembling, creating variations, and playing with kits such as the Snap Circuits Flying Saucer, the Snap Circuits Musical Recorder, or the Snap Circuits RC Rover. Larger kits with many more projects are available including Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit and Snap Circuits Extreme SC-750. Avoid using the batteries these toys require by ordering a Elenco Snap Circuits Battery Eliminator. Each additional kit functions as an add-on, making the toy more versatile. And don’t forget blocks, balls, and art supplies!