By Discovery

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2007

It's a rare kid who isn't instantly thrilled by the prospect of hooking up electrical wires and switches to a couple of batteries, and getting cool stuff to happen. The question for parents, of course, is how to set up these opportunities without burning the house down. With this must-have kit, Discovery Kids has bridged the divide. Working with a plastic "base grid" that simulates a circuit board, young electronics buffs snap in wires, switches, and electronic elements ranging from light bulbs to small music speakers, and even a whirring fan. A bright, readable manual leads kids through no less than 101 different configurations and activities, teaching valuable science lessons at every stage. You can expect this toy to appeal to your kid for years: our teen reviewer gave it a big thumbs up, too. (Discovery Kids, $29.95)