When you buy our kits you know you are getting NZ made, eco-friendly, no screens plus hands-on science, electronics and physics. What’s not to love? We work hard on all our kits to ensure a high standard, durable and challenging kits for kids age 9+
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Need It Now Add-On Pack$29.00
Where’s the screwdriver? The glue, the batteries? You can buy all this yourself but, just in case, here’s our “I don’t have it at home” pack to help.
We don’t buy junky glue or batteries so you will get a quality (bio-oil handle) screwdriver, PVA aliphatic wood glue (30 ml bottle) and an Eneloop AA rechargeable battery.
Marshmallow Launcher 3000! (Tinker Tiles Kit)$49.00
It had to be called 3000! because everyone agreed it was just too awesome to not have numbers. Most kits for 9+ year olds are a bit babyish or too serious. Why not learn physics the fun way by launching marshmallows?
Your child builds the structure and has to wire up the two motors firstly in parallel, then ensure one of them is wired in reverse so the motors will turn in opposite directions.
Adjustable motor position and the legs have different slots to allow your child to experiment with angles, trajectory, distance and speed.
Less plastic, New Zealand Made – time for a SharperThinker kit!
Go Motor Pack (Tinker Tiles)$29.00
Everything you need to make multiple creations zoom – a motor, fan, switch and battery box! And this March, right now, we have FREE SHIPPING. So now’s the time to put this on your order because extra battery boxes and motors is useful – especially with multiple kids! Our Tinker Tiles can be screwed, glued, hotglued, blu-tacked, sewn…um taped and rubberbanded – that’s all the ways I can think of right now. Once you’ve enjoyed your art spinner, lego car or wobblebot, you can re-use your tiles in another project.
The PCB tiles are solid and feature “real” electronics the kids can see. This way, they don’t have to struggle with tiny electronics but can still see them and understand how they work. We have a lot of different tiles in our Tile Library coming soon – start building up your collection today!
The Doodle Noodle Drawbot (Tinker Tiles Kit)$45.00
It doodles. It noodles. It draws! There’s a lot to do in this STEM physics kit. Your child makes everything, including their own unique face for this Drawbot. After it’s made they can experiment with the angle of the pens to get their Drawbot to go in straight lines, circles or wobble.
We also include a ‘teardrop’ weight for the motor which has several settings – this also changes the way the Drawbot moves. It’s hands-on maths and physics the fun way!
DIY Bluetooth Speaker Kit$149.00
We all want our tweens and teens to get out of the mindset of being a “passive consumer”. We know they need experience with problem solving. They also need early success to be encouraged into becoming an “active thinker”. Our Bluetooth Speaker kit enables them to make their own set of quality Bluetooth Speakers they’ll be proud to own and use. We provide full instructions in our YouTube videos.
“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 (age 13 and 14 years) left with the Bluetooth Speaker carefully wrapped in their school bag. Success!”
(Huntly College Highschool Teacher, Feb 2020)
* Due to the costs and handmade nature of this product we only stock it in units of 10 at a time. If this product is out of stock/on back order, it means we are currently making another set of 10. You can contact us to check or you can order with confidence – we will let you know delivery time. If you are a school or need to place a bulk order of more than 10, please get in touch as we will need to make a custom order for you and delivery may take up to 8 weeks.
BULK BUY: Buy 2 Wooden Torch Kits$69.00
Get ready for all the birthdays! Get a box with 2 Wooden Torch Kits. Keep one and gift the other or make them for a weekend togetherness project. Learn STEM in a fun hands-on way.
This is the perfect gift for everyone who likes crafting something that they can use. We estimate this will take an hour to make for a 12-year-old – but it depends on your “makiness” level. It’s not just a “plug and play” type build so the recipient will need fine motor skills, the ability to concentrate and follow instructions. We recommend going to the “How tos” section of our website and watching the YouTube tutorial – Stefan will guide you step-by-step through this project.
Our kits are “gift ready” by being individually wrapped in bright tissue paper. We’ve thought about the environment so you can compost or recycle our packaging. All the wood in our kits are sustainably farmed – we don’t use rainforest or native timber. We use silicon rather than plastic wires and encourage you to use re-chargeable batteries. It’s all good.
Wooden Torch Kit$39.00
Update: May 2020 – Out of stock but not for long! We are making more and hope to have some by mid-May. You can backorder and we’ll keep you updated.
What’s in this kit: Lasercut wooden pieces (made from ecoply), silicon wire, spring/screws, LED SharperThinker Tile, torch bulb, resistor. This is the most common birthday present choice in our kit range and is recommended for ages 11+.
Like all our kits, this will make a quality product and work well. We use non-rainforest ecoply, cut the wood ourselves to our unique design and use 100% paper and cardboard packaging. See our SharperThinker YouTube tutorial to give you an idea of what is involved in making this kit.