While we are unsure what the right age is to introduce tech to a child, we've lately had a couple of primary school aged children in our lives express an interest in breaking out a soldering iron. While projects involving soldering irons are not something this age group should be doing unsupervised, we are more than happy to work on some basic electronics projects with them. It is with these young friends in mind, that we have rounded up 8 great DIY projects to create with the youngster in your life.
- Bird-Electron EZ17-B iPod Recycling Speaker: This DIY kit requires zero soldering and comes together to make a portable boombox.
- MintyBoost: With kits available for this battery powered USB charger, only light soldering is required to assemble.
- Sparkleball: Although these are usually spotted around the holidays, we think they would be fun to make year round. After all, what kid does not want a UFO-like lighting solution?
- Scrub Bot: This nifty little robot is made from old computer fans, so not only will the youngsters learn some basic electronics, but also the value of upcycling!
- Altoids Tin Mini Speakers: Another DIY project involving Altoids tins, this one uses playing cards and old computer speakers to make super portable mini speakers perfect for an iPod.
- T3 Solar Powered Robot: Although this is not a "start from scratch" DIY, it does require assembly and allows kids to remake in different ways (think ultra flexible Transformer) a very cool solar powered robot.
- Inchworm: Use a ruler and comb to create this fun little robot that is difficult for anyone to resist playing with.
- Magnetize a Screwdriver: While this project does not yield a cool robot, it is an easy way to teach kids about magnetism.
What's a great DIY project you've done with a kid?