Looking for the perfect gift for kiddos who enjoy science and gadgets that spin and whir? Want to jumpstart your young inventor? Penny Norman’s Science Wiz kit, Inventions, is sure to please. This kit is a highly acclaimed book-manual-kit for kids 8 and up, although young hands will need a bit of support from adults.
What makes this kit so special? It has fabulous illustrations to support the creation of devices from simple to complex, helps kids understand why and how these inventions work, and is loaded with everything you need to complete the projects (except for one D battery).
I used this kit with a budding, special needs inventor and we completed all the inventions, including a working radio. OK, the radio only picked up static, but that was pretty impressive for a paper towel tube and a myriad of wires.
As I’ve mentioned before, providing opportunities to excel in science can add social credit to kids who are on the fringes of a classroom. Taking a radio like this to school would likely be fascinating to peers (and teachers!).