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Tiny Techies: The 6 Best Electronics Kits for Kids Under $100

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* Electronic model kit offers a whole new way to play
* Offers kids hands-on experience with planning, designing and building
* Create a working RC car or a light-up Death Star model

Have a few young techies (or early-early adopters) on your holiday shopping list this year? Instead of going for that generic action figure set, venture outside the box with one of these awesome electronic kits.

In addition to providing hours of educational fun, these model kits also help instill real-life skills, such as problem-solving and critical thinking. Who knew learning could be so fun?

1. Elanco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit

Designed for kids grade 2 and above, this snap-together electronic kit includes easy-to-install pieces and tons of extra features. With more than 30 separate pieces and 100 different build options, it’s sure to keep kids entertained for weeks on end. Projects include a flashing light, photo sensors and an adjustable volume siren.

Elanco Snap Circuits Jr. SC-100 Electronics Discovery Kit Image courtesy of Amazon

  

2. Uncle Milton Star Wars Death Star Electronics Lab

The only thing cooler than watching the Death Star on TV is seeing your very own model come to life before your eyes. This immersive electronics kit features more than 70 components kids can use to create their own Death Star model. Includes working lights, tractor beam and even a battle alarm.

Uncle Milton Star Wars Death Star Electronics Lab Image courtesy of Toys R Us

  

3. Smithsonian Jet Works Working Model Kit

This ultra-cool model kit lets kids build a working model of a real jet engine. By assembling the pieces, they’re able to control the engine’s thrust and sync various lights and sounds. With 83 separate pieces, this model kit lets kids have fun while also encouraging problem-solving and helping to develop their motor skills.

Smithsonian Jet Works Working Model Kit Image courtesy of Toys R Us

  

4. Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Electronics Discovery Kit

This cool discovery kit offers tons of different ways to create. Simple, snap modules make it easier to build without having to worry about any tedious force or use. And with 50 different snap-together parts, kids are able to mix and match, giving them more than 150 different projects to work on.

[caption id="attachment_92744" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snap Circuits 3D Illumination Electronics Discovery Kit Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]

  

5. Elenco Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit

This mammoth electronics kit includes a whopping 175 different model projects and more than 55 different color circuit components. By syncing this kit to your smartphone or tablet, you can watch as they trigger the various lights and circuits in real time. Best of all, the snap-on parts are safe, simple and easy to handle.

Elenco SCL-175B Snap Circuits Lights Electronics Discovery Kit Image courtesy of Amazon

  

6. Snap Circuits R/C Snap Rover Electronics Discovery Kit

Easy to build with tons of play factor, this snap-together rover kit comes with a wireless remote control and a super clear and concise instruction manual. With the ability to sync up to three rovers at the same time, playtime will never be the same again.

[caption id="attachment_92742" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Snap Circuits R:C Snap Rover Electronics Discovery Kit Image courtesy of Amazon[/caption]

  

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