When you think of educational toys, building blocks and games that teach children the sounds farm animals make generally come to mind. However, with the growth of STEM education, children have begun learning much more complex, interesting skills through playtime. And, although it may come as a bit of a surprise, those skills now include programming electronics.
The Snap Circuits 300 Experiments Electronics Learning Labs (or just the SC-300 for short) is the ideal tool for your future circuitry genius. The toy, which is made by the educational entertainment experts at Elenco, utilizes 60 different parts which can be snapped together in order to complete over 300 different projects.
The toy, which has been awarded the National Parenting Center-Seal Of Approval, is more than just your basic educational project. Featuring the ability to create a functioning doorbell, burglar alarm, AM radio, and more, the SC-300 provides hours and hours of astute playtime.
For parents looking for a simpler experience, Elenco also offers the Snap Circuit Jr. SC-100, containing 30 parts with 100 projects. However, making the choice between the two shouldn’t be too difficult, as the SC-300 contains all the projects of the SC-100, giving children the best of both worlds. Elenco has been creating compelling projects such as the Snap Circuit series for years, and continue to offer interesting combinations of fun and learning to this day.
With STEM toys allowing children to learn something as complex as computer coding and robot functionality at a young age, it makes sense for more intuitive projects such as programming electronics to be available as well. Additionally, it’s much more fun (and safe) than letting them try to work with electronic circuitry on their own.