What A Difference A Toy Makes


I’m the sort of parent that fully supports toys for children that promote their product ” Now! With Just One Piece! ” Love those. Any number above that, screaming in bold caps at toy consumers, captures people without children or my mother. 25 pieces!  35 pieces! 75 pieces!  It’s a perk!  More for your money!  My mom would pay extra if those 75 pieces also made noise and did not require batteries.  BUT ( and what is your big BUT? )  this 75 piece set has learned me something new.  Snap Circuits Pro, is amazing.  Durable.  Levels.  Information.  Fun for a girl or a boy.  75 pieces and hundreds of exercises teaching this dude electronics.  He can’t stop himself.  He loves lego sets, but once assembled ( t = 6m23s ) he looks around for something to do.  He did the first three “sets” in the book and couldn’t wait to do more.  Actually, he got so excited, he finished exercise 3 and then skipped to exercise 215. He asked Dad for help.  We had to rein in his instant gratification tendencies and said, ” do each level and check it off as you go. ”  Can’t blame him, who wouldn’t want to chuck off a helicopter by sound and make a happy birthday song with a circuit.  It’s the sort of toy that I sat by him, doing a bit of computer work waiting for him to go to bed.  Then saying, “well, I think you should wrap it up and get some sleep.”  He would be at it all night.   I’d find him in the morning with slober on a little green piece that met a blue piece.
This toy also embraces failure.   Otto set up a circuit to fly the red propeller thing.  Round and round it went, but it did not fly.  “Mom watch this!!!”  But it did not fly.  He miserably turned off the circuit and the little red propeller flew high in the sky.  Oh the laughter.  From Otto and from me.  It WORKED!

I’m absolutely not paid to write these words.  I am impressed with this set and all its pieces.  I felt the need to share the love.

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