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Does the SC-300 come with the red fan and motor that is shown in the 100 kit?? Thank you in advance! Aug 7, 2014
yes! My two 8 year old grandboys, gravitated to this kit and both became competent with 24 hours. The experimented and created their own complex circuitry. They even 'invented' some unlikely ways to use the components. For example, the red fan blade became a helicopter blade that whirled off the motor and across the room. With a little organizational control and introduction from an organized adult, they followed the rules and quickly adapted to taking turns and encouraging each other. I was very surprised and pleased by the way they accepted the challenges and commanded the concept of using and controlling the flow of e- to do work.
Does this set partially duplicate the 100 set? We already have that set so if possible, I'd rather just get add-ons for the 100. If it's all totally new than maybe buying this one is a good idea. Thanks for your help. Jan 25, 2014
Yes, you can just buy the Elenco Snap Circuits UC-30 Upgrade Kit SC-100 to SC-300 - also on Amazon.
what age is this toy for? Aug 6, 2013
The toy maker says 8-108yrs. I purchased it for my 8yr old daughter and she has enjoyed it. I wouldn't recommend much younger without a lot of adult assistance. The toy itself is easy to assemble/disassemble, but reading the instructions can be difficult for younger children depending on their reading comprehension abilities. Her age also allows her to start grasping the concepts of electronics that can be learned by using a kit of this makeup. on the other hand, my 6yr yr old daughter would find it way too challenging. Hope this helps!
Is this appropriate for smart and curious almost 3 year old? He is obsessed with batteries, outlets and appliances. Dec 7, 2012
I'm sure a smart 3yr old would enjoy snapping the circuits together, but i would not classify this as appropriate. The projects require the child to read and follow the instructions to accomplish the finished product. In my personal experience with this, I'd not try it with children below 5 or 6, but if you're feeling that the 3yr old you're looking to buy this for is smarter than most 5-6 year old children and could supervise the use of this kit, then surely you can try it. If the child finds it hard, just put it away until they reach the level. Watch out for small pieces and batteries - they can really hurt a child if the child decides that they look tasty (if you're not familiar with children vs batteries, google it.) It seems like many small children are drawn to electric stuff, but i'd be very cautious.
I'd say still good for a 10 yo boy. Most 10yos have no clue about electricity; that's ok. If he likes building legos and can follow a lego diagram he can follow the diagrams in the directions. Might need a parent to sit down with him and show him how cool it is if he's never seen or heard of it.
pretty basic since my grandson is 8
Would this be appropriate for my 17 year old grandson. He is intelligent, I just want to spark an interest in something other than games. Jan 14, 2015
I think it's too simple for a teenager.
Go to www.snapcircuits.net I have not had to purchase any replacement parts but I noticed that they have a listing of replacement parts to purchase. Good luck.
Well, this is a good toy for some kids....you know the nerd type that want to learn how things work. My grandson did somethings with it, but he is a "computer" nerd, and would rather build imaginary things with Lego games. If you see your youngster as an electrical engineer type, I would recommend it. It is well built and there is a lot that can be learned with it. Most youngsters need a mentor to get them started in my opinion. Good luck..best wishes.