‘Green’ Fun for Kids This Summer
Last week I got a rib cracked while I was playing with my nephews in their (too) long summer holidays. So, I decided to entertain them next week more educationally with some green/eco-friendly projects. We love the wind-powered LED Blow Light we got last Easter but I thought that since the sun is starting to peek out of the clouds again this week we’d do some ‘homework’ on solar power.
Here’s a list of the gadgets and gifts on my solar-powered project shortlist:
You can build the kit 6 different ways which means once you’ve finished making one robot, you can take it apart and turn it into a solar powered boat, windmill, or car.
It is rather cutesy, perhaps the rather more robust T3 Solar Robot is a more my scene.
Once you’ve built the T3, you can turn it into a tank, a scorpion or a standard robot. This 70-piece kit requires a screwdriver for assembly.
If we quickly lose the will to ‘make things’ then this Crazy Cricket solar powered model looks suitably silly. Crazy Cricket vibrates madly in sunlight making a realistic chirruping sound and waggling his feelers in a hilariously wild dance.
Made from laser cut plywood for easy, no glue, assembly, this wooden helicopter kit has a working rota powered by its own integrated solar panel.
The solar powered windmill kit is a demonstration of how efficiently modern solar cells work, even when the only available light is from a desk light.
The more the sun shines, the faster the fan turns, thanks to the solar panel on the top. This crazy solar powered cap is great for demonstrating solar power in action. The rotors stop turning when you put your hand over the panel.
I also spotted a solar powered sea gull but it doesn’t appear, thankfully, to be available from a UK retailer, yet!
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