Kids are natural tinkerers… they can learn so much just by fiddling around with things. It’s why I love the art of strewing so very much. Putting things out for the kids to discover is a great away for them to find new things to get excited about and rabbit trails to dive into.

While I always follow the most important rule of strewing — put things out without expectation — I do often strew things that I know have the power to get my kids excited about a topic that they haven’t spent much time with yet.


Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs


And, since the younger kids haven’t spent much time yet with wires, circuits, and the like, I was thrilled to introduce them to MandLabs KIT-1. We had the amazing chance to get our hands on this kit recently and my kids are having so much fun with it. And, I’m loving that the entire thing is organized and contained within its own box — that doubles as a workstation.



Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs

Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs


This thing is so incredibly cool. There are over 130 different components that combine to create more than 50 different projects. And, the box has drawers, flip open pockets, and shelves. It even has a portable carrying case to protect the breadboard with a work-in-progress. It’s fantastic.

While the kit itself is geared towards kiddos who have little to no electronics experience, it feels so much more advanced than that upon first glance. Seriously… the kids are having a blast building things like a burgler alarm, night light, DC motor, and an LED flasher. It’s intuitive, but more advanced than the snap together circuits my kiddos have played with up until this point.


Learn Electronics at Home with Mandlabs


There are three project books that come with the kit, along with an app kids can access and hours and hours of video-based lessons online. The folks at Mandlabs aren’t kidding around with the education offered in this kit. It’s a full homeschool STEM program all put together in one simple set. Watch the video to learn more:



Mandlabs is launching the new and improved version of their “Personal Learning Kit for Electronics” via Kickstarter from November 21st through December 5th. And, better than that? If you’re one of the first 1200 to back the project on Kickstarter, you’ll get your kit in time for Christmas! Who in your life needs this? Make sure you head over and support the Kickstarter!

Colleen Kessler

Colleen is an explorer, tinkerer, educator, writer, creator, and a passionate advocate for the needs of gifted and twice-exceptional children. She has a B.S. in elementary education, a M.Ed. in gifted studies, is a sought-after national speaker and educational consultant, and is the founder of the popular blog and podcast Raising Lifelong Learners, as well as Raising Poppies, a community of support for parents of gifted children. She lives in northeast Ohio with her four bright and quirky kiddos, patient husband, and ever-changing collection of small reptiles, mammals, and insects.

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