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The Blinkybug Kit: Make Your Own Electronic Insects Hardcover – September 1, 2010

4.3 out of 5 stars 23 customer reviews

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About the Author

Ken Murphy is a programmer, artist, musician, and tinkerer who lives in San Francisco

Alexander Tarrant is an illustrator living in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Box edition (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811871401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811871402
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,610 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Rebecca M. Ballesteros on July 7, 2013
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Both of my kids loved this kit. It has good directions and the end product is cute and neat to see the eyes blink. It's easy to attach the legs to anything for display (We attached ours to some refrigerator magnets) My only complaint was the tube-bending definitely required an adult - would have liked my 6 and 8 year olds to be able to put the thing together independently.
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I purchased this for my 9yr old and 6yr old. The directions are made like comic book instructions and a lot of reading. I feel these are a bit more complicated to create than the value of WOW on them once created. I wouldn't purchase again.
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This thing was great, easy, and a perfect thing to do on a cold wet winter weekend. Because everything you need is right there it doesn't take long either.

I don't think there's anything negative I could say about this product. Great job!
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I was hoping that this would be something that my child could primarily put together, but I had to help him quite a bit to put together. Still all in all, it is a fun activity and worth purchasing if you are aware it will require some work
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I picked up Blinkybugs from the Maker Faire in 2009 - they were super fun to assemble - perfect for a project with kids. It's great they are now available in a completely self-contained format with cool cartoon instructions and a bunch of extra decorations and bling to choose from during assembly.
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When I saw this I thought it would be a good activity for a meeting. A call ahead to a couple of the dads insured we would have plenty of the tools needed. If you are going to use this for a group activity be sure to read the instructions carefully and you'll have nearly as good a time as the kids making them!
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Blinky Bugs proved an awesome Holiday present for my little brother. He was not only immediately excited to get into creating the bugs, but also attentive to the entire building process due to Ken's accessible and engaging project interface. The comic book style was appealing to Kaleb and very easy to follow. I also benefited from Ken's clear directives, as I am not at all scientifically inclined! Any adult can walk a child through building Blinkies, and most advanced or technically skilled children will do just fine on their own. I am hoping we can figure out how to access more parts as I assume Kaleb will want to build more than the three included bugs!
What a fantastic introduction to electronics!
Thanks Ken!
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Fun book at a great price! The "bugs" you make are pretty fun cause the lights/eyes flash and blink when you blow on the antennas or if you move them around. Great fun project and gift!
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