Well... my children, anyways. (It's for the kids. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it!)
Snap Circuits is a line of electronic kits manufactured by Elenco Electronics and aimed at children eight years and older. The kits come in a variety of sizes, offering a range of building experience for the user, and may include motors, lamps and speakers. The kits consist of a breadboard with prewired interconnections, into which the various components can be snapped to easily create a working circuit.
You can start with the SnapCircuits Junior set for about $35:
Just follow the colorful pictures in our manual and build exciting projects such as a flying saucer; alarms; doorbells and much more! You can even play electronic games with your friends. All parts are mounted on plastic modules and snap together with ease.
Or jump straight to the SnapCircuit Pro set:
Contains over 75 parts including voice recording IC; FM radio module; analog meter; transformer; relay; and 7-segment LED display. Build over 500 projects.
Let's see, who has a birthday coming up? Crud, nothing until end of the year? Sheesh. No - wait! Valentine's Day! What girl wouldn't love a do-it-yourself electronics kit from her Dada on Valentine's Day, eh? Right?
Come on, folks. Work with me on this one. Otherwise I'm going to have to wait until the start of the next school year to be able to justify this!