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Top 10 maker kits for kids

11 Aug 2015  | Cabe Atwell

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There are many ways to keep your kids learning while having fun during vacations. Keep on reading if you are a maker yourself or if your child has the potential and inclination to be one. This list highlights the best engineering, electronics, robotics and energy kits money can buy so you kid can grow up to be the next Tesla.

Build your own SLR camera

Konstruktor's DIY 35mm SLR camera is first on the list. It encourages a child's natural desire to learn, while fulfilling her obsession with capturing the world on film. This is a project that will continue to provide your family with memories, and keep your child engaged with the world, if he likes taking photos. The kit comes with everything you'll need to build your own analogue SLR camera, so you'll know exactly how it works and perhaps how to fix it if you drop it in the pond while taking pictures. Once it's fully assembled, however, it's a fully functional camera and can encourage your child to become more aware of his or her surroundings. Few things teach one to pay attention like photography and learning how things work.

This kit combines the best of both worlds and allows your child to bring his explorer sprit everywhere he goes. And since it retails for $35, good luck finding a cheaper camera that will keep him as enthralled. Shoot, for that price, it's the perfect gift for anyone.

Paper instruments never sounded better

If your kid is into music, but you don't want to buy him another guitar that will sit in his closet, consider the Drawdio. You can purchase the unassembled kit or the finalised product, but the electronic pen has conductive properties that link ink with sounds. This means you can draw a paper instrument that produces real musical sound. The price varies, based on whether you want it pre-assembled or DIY, but it'll cost you $20-25 a pop.

If this is too elementary for your mini-Watson, try Bare Conductive's Electric Paint and Touch Board, which allows you to go off-road with your paper-instrument creations, if you will. You can make anything from pillows to stuffed animals conductive and program them to produce sound. Grand Master Teddy B reporting for duty. Electric Paint starts at $7 and Touch Boards retail at $62.50.

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