eLECTRONICS KITS FOR THINKERS & TINKERS
Many parents want their kids to learn hands-on engineering and real skills. But where to start?
Our "make" kits have been designed to help kids, teens (and adults) make something useable. Our "invent" kits help them learn the skills to invent using electronics.
Parents tell us they also like knowing they are getting an NZ designed kit that uses wood not plastic.
Thanks for your support New Zealand!
Sophia & Stefan Sharpe
Make a Wooden Torch
WOODEN TORCH KIT
Wooden lasercut pieces and 'bare' electronics make up into a real working durable torch.
Visit our "How Tos" page to see the instructional videos of this kit or visit our shop to get full details of this kit.
MARSHMALLOW LAUNCHER 3000!
Make up a wooden kit and the electronics to create two spinning wheels that fire out marshmallows.
Kids experiment with motor position, angles and more, to launch a marshmallow higher or faster. This naturally promotes interest in physics principles.
AGE: We suggest 11+ (younger if a parent helps)
LEARN MORE: This kit uses Tinker Tiles so you can invent something else! The "how tos" page shows an example of a car we made using this kit.
FOR TEENS & MAKERS
DIY BLUETOOTH SPEAKER KIT
Make a compact wooden bluetooth speaker with quality electronic components. This is not a toy, so you can expect good sound and a long life for this speaker kit.
AGE: 12 or 13-year-olds should manage this kit if they follow instructions carefully.
LEARN MORE: You can read this article by Stefan here to see more about what we considered in making up this kit.
INVENTORS & YOUNG ENGINEERS
TINKER TILES BASE SET
A wooden baseboard, screwdriver and ten electronic Tinker Tiles designed by us for kids that just want to "invent stuff".
AGE: 11+ because the child will get more out of it if they are willing to read instructions and have some patience.
LEARN MORE: We have put together ideas and circuit diagrams for this in with our free eBook: Wire Up Your World. This may help you see if this is right for your child. You can get the eBook free here.
WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH A MOTOR?
GO MOTOR PACK
A battery, motor, switch and fan can be used to make multiple projects. Firstly your child makes up their own battery box and then can make up a simple series circuit.
This is a "lite" Tinker Tiles set which gives you a chance to see how the tiles work on a smaller scale.
LEARN MORE: A good project to get you started is the "Art Spinner" found on how "How tos" video page.
HANDS-ON ANGLES & WEIGHTS
DOODLE NOODLE DRAWBOT
There are several open ended decisions kids need to make in this kit.
Children decide where to place the motor and what level they want the teardrop set to. They also adjust the pen height and angle.
Once the kit is moving, it might shudder in a line or turn in a circle. Kids predict and then manipulate all the variables to try getting it to do something else.
AGE: 9+ although kids may need help with rubberbands and there are a lot of screws and fine motor skills.
IDEAS & RESOURCES TO GET KIDS MAKING
HOW TO VIDEOS
New video! Sophia hacked our "Marshmallow Launcher 3000!" kit and this is what she made. Our Tinker Tiles kits are made to be made and then...well broken up into bits and re-made.
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"I'm enjoying reading your emails, they are full of good ideas - particularly for school aged kids (as mine are). Keep it up!"
WOODEN TORCH KIT
"High quality product, made in New Zealand, great service and looking forward to seeing the new products coming up."
CHRISTMAS SPARKLE TREE
"...as a homeschool Mum I’ve tried a lot of products like this! It was just the right amount of challenging with jobs I could get my 10 and 7 year old to do.
They are so impressed with themselves that they “made a lamp with stars”. Amazingly sturdy design, great instructions and a gift that is useful, educational and delightful."
5.30am on Christmas day. Fav present from his stocking!
GET GIRLS INTO STEM
"I nabbed a torch for my niece for her birthday and she loved it. When asked what she wanted for Christmas she said more things like that!"
BLUETOOTH SPEAKER KIT FOR HIGHSCHOOL
"Two secondary school students assembled the bluetooth speaker all by themselves today. No guidance from the teacher...Once they had completed the speaker successfully, they had a sparkle in their eyes and said: "Sir, can we take it home we want to show it to our mum?" They further commented: "It really sounds good; the bass is excellent for such a small speaker! The two proud brothers left with the bluetooth speaker carefully wrapped in their school bag. Success!"
- Huntly College, Waikato
Yes! Your child uses a kitset which includes laser-cut pieces, electronics and instructions. Go to the shop to see what they can make.