Snap Circuits Jr. Review
Review of Snap Circuits Jr. 100 by Elenco
Snap Circuits® Jr. – Model: SC-100
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Create Working Electronic Circuits Snap Circuits Jr (SC-100) comes with over 30 components to create 101 different electronic projects. The pieces, which include snap wires, slide switches, an alarm circuit, a music integrated circuit, and a speaker, snap together easily on 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. With its easy-to-follow instructions, Snap Circuits gives your child a hands-on education in how electrical circuits work to run the everyday devices that they're familiar with. They'll also gain valuable lessons in building and in following instructions. The project manual includes large color illustrations and simple directions for each project. The projects include a sound-activated switch, a musical doorbell, a voice-controlled lamp, a flying saucer, and a light police siren. With these projects, children will experiment with things like electric switches, integrated circuits, digital circuits, fuses, and the transformation of circuit sounds into other sounds. Includes: Plastic snap-grid, 32 electrical components, and 1 project manual.Recommended for children 8 and older.
High Quality Kit; Great for Superstar Children or "Normal" 12+-yr olds
I purchased this as a gift for a clever 6 year old, although I know the box says 8-108. The idea was to show her how it worked to see if she had any interest in electronics. I was concerned it wouldn’t maintain her attention, so before gifting it my partner and I decided to try it out so that we could explain it to her. We both have Masters degrees, and his is in engineering, so we figured it would be a piece of cake. He also played with similar, though much more complex kits, beginning at the age of 9 (but he was far more advanced in engineering skills than his peers) and had a blast.
Great for getting kids interested in circuits but lacking any deeper explanations
These Snap Circuit sets have been recommended to me by other involved parents since my son entered preschool. At first I was resistant to buying one of these circuit sets for him for the reasons below but eventually I decided to order one and then let my son experiment without saying anything just to observe his interest and learning curve. Over the past few months or so, my son has worked through perhaps 50 of the circuits (although, most children could build all the circuits in the manual in a few weeks if they so desired) and enjoys seeing what the next project will entail. As I have watched him put together the circuits and experiment, I have formed two different opinions about the Snap Circuit sets, with one centered on using the Snap Circuits set to introduce circuits to small children and the other detailing the actual learning of basic circuit principles.
You HAVE to Get This! EXCELLENT PRODUCT!
This electronics set is THE BOMB! Although the suggested minimum age is eight, my 4-year-old grandson loves it, is pretty good at following the diagrams to help me build each experiment, and has quickly grasped the concept of flow of current. Okay, he’s pretty bright for his age. If you have a very bright/curious child under eight consider this. He even hypothesized once what would happen if we tried something different.
Wonderful kit…buy it!
I bought this for my 5 and 6 year old granddaughters. They just loved it! It was the perfect starter kit, not too big to be overwhelming with too many parts and projects, but big enough to be engaging. They learned how to put things together on the grid board and to put the pieces away in the proper space. A couple of months later I bought a bigger kit. Without having started with the smaller kit, the big one would have been too frustrating. So, start with the little one unless your child is the recommended 8+. The junior kit easily and quickly gets younger children ready to use the bigger ones. Another great aspect of these kits is the replacement policy. This I didn’t know until I was looking for another kit last week. The girls must have broken the connection to the lights on the fan blade in the junior kit- they liked stopping it when it was moving. The fan worked, just not the lights. When I read a review last week, someone mentioned the great replacement policy. Took a minute to fill out form, new part arrived 4 days later!
Just enough lights/noises/motion to make him laugh, and challenging enough that he keeps coming back to it.
My 5-year old has worked through the first 30 experiments. I helped him figure it out, and once he got the logic of the diagrams, it was all over. Occasionally I have to troubleshoot a circuit, but for the most part, this is a great tool to support STEM education. Just enough lights/noises/motion to make him laugh, and challenging enough that he keeps coming back to it. I will say that you need to work through the first several diagrams and explain it, esp if your kid can’t read at a a minimum 3rd grade level. The instructions are somewhat technical, so take your time to read through it before you start putting pieces together, and then use the different “exercises” to teach the point that the toy-maker imparts for each lesson. I expect we will be playing with this game for a long time… Even redoing the easier exercises and learning things that were hard to grasp the first time. Solid, well built components that can stand up to “enthusiastic” handling.
Fun and educational for all ages!
What I like:
My 6 year old twin boys love this! One of their favorite birthday gift.
Fantastic toy! My 6 year olds can do this themselves. They received this for their 6th birthday last night. They have a little trouble snapping the pieces, but are quickly getting the hang of it. They really like what it can do. Plus they got it for their birthday and it sings “Happy Birthday”! I showed them how to do the first 4 projects, then they did the next 2 on their own. I am having to emphasize putting back the pieces from one project before starting another, but the rest of it they are doing on their own now! They received this for their 6th birthday and it is the perfect age for this. I would recommend at least a minimum supervision to make sure the kids don’t lose the pieces. They are big, sturdy and durable, but little kids don’t put things away and durable doesn’t always mean able to be stepped on. We will likely do all 100 projects on this, then get the next kit or an extender kit.
I have to admit – it’s better than I expected.
We gave this to a very bright 7 year old last year for Christmas… he asked for it, and I was more than happy to lure another young mind to the dark side. This year he’s asking for an expansion pack, and still putting projects together. His younger brother wants his own set, too. It’s a hit.
I bought this kit for my 7-year-old granddaughter and it was a HUGE hit. She enjoyed following the diagrams to put together the various circuits that really worked. The kit was excellent for introducing vocabulary such as integrated circuits, polarity, and terminals, but she needed me to read and help explain these concepts. She would have been happy to just snap the circuits together without understanding the underlying principles. That might be different for an older child or one who has more of a natural interest in the science. I believe this sparked her interest enough that she will enjoy pursuing more detailed and complex kits in the future. I had a lot of things for her to do on her recent visit (puzzles, books, dolls, science experiment kit, Legos, etc.) and this was definitely her favorite activity.
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