Whether you love coming up with awesome inventions or are looking for a fun hobby that will challenge your brain, do-it-yourself electronics are a super entertaining way to build something cool while learning about engineering and science.
It’s like having your own grownup science fair, but this time you win. And because you can’t really “just go get started” with DIY electronics, a kit to guide you is really the best place to start. Got kids or nieces and nephews in your life? There are some great kid-friendly options that are a lot better than watching Frozen II for the fifth time in a row.
The kits start at just $14.99 — so go wild.
Beginner Raspberry Pi and Inventor Kits
GrovePi+ Starter Kit for Raspberry Pi
If you want to get on the fast track to prototyping hardware and bringing your inventions to life, this kit has everything you need. Take a stab at putting together a GrovePi+ board (which you can then slip over your Raspberry Pi) all on your own for $89.99.
Grove Base Kit for Raspberry Pi
Another beginner-friendly kit is the Grove Base Kit for Raspberry Pi (on sale for nearly 19% off). It comes with physical equipment, as well as an easy-to-follow demo that helps you get comfortable with Raspberry Pi without requiring soldering or complicated wiring. Get it for just $32.
CrowPi Raspberry Pi Accessory Kit
Ready to take your Raspberry Pi inventions wherever you go? This portable kit contains a variety of DIY components, as well as a built-in touchscreen and camera that doubles as a mini computer. And right now it’s on sale for $220.
Grove Inventor Kit for micro:bit
To get the most out of your micro:bit (aka a pocket-sized computer), you’ll want a core board, as well as sensors, displays, and an actuator that can allow you to expand the breadth of projects you can work on. This Inventor Kit, which is on sale for $55, brings it all.
Crowtail Starter Kit For Micro:bit 2.0
Another way unlock the full potential of the Micro:bit 2.0 is with this affordable $89 Crowtail Starter Kit. With one of these in your back pocket, you’ll be able to create robots, musical instruments, and everything in between, even if you have little to no coding background.
Grove: Starter Kit for Arduino
Arduino gives you the ability to create a certain output based on a sensor (such the touch of a button making a certain noise). Let your creativity soar with this starter set, which comes with a step-by-step manual designed for novices, just in case you have absolutely zero clue where to get started. It’s valued at $49.90, but it’s available for just $39.99 here.
Elecrow Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit
Ready to build a computer that can surf the web? This Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit has you covered, with an LCD touchscreen, WiFi adapter, and of course, an instruction manual, to get you started. It’s just $108 in the Mashable Shop.
Kid-Friendly DIY Electronic Kits
DIY Robotic Art Kit for Ages 6 to 9
Introduce the kiddos in your life to the fascinating world of STEM with this Robotic Kit. It comes complete with a variety of creative DIY projects that allow them to explore not just science and robotic technology, but art, too. Normally $69, it’s just $49 here.
DIY Robot Curiosity Kit for Ages 8 to 10
This robotic set its a great stepping stone for kids learning to develop and design functioning robotic technology. It’s a great way to get them interested in STEM. It also doesn’t hurt that it’s on sale for $99, down from $119.
DIY Coding Kit for Ages 8 to 12
We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: coding isn’t going anywhere. So start ’em young on their computer programming journey with this interactive coding kit (created for kids aged 8 to 12). Its electronic modules have all the essentials children need to build something cool while gaining the basic fundamentals of computer programming. Normally $99, it’s on sale for just $79.
TinyTesla Musical Tesla Coil Kit
Remember when potato alarm clocks used to be our go-to science fair project? Nowadays kids have the TinyTesla Musical Coil Kit, which can shoot sparks and make music at the same time. It’s on sale for 14% off, just $197.
3D Printing Kits
SparkMaker Original SLA 3D Printer Starter Bundle
Want to 3D print your digital designs? With the SparkMaker Starter Bundle, all you have to do is insert an SD card with your pre-loaded design, and then in a matter of minutes, you’ll start to see your creation come to life. Normally $396, this starter bundle is just $299 here.
3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set
When a 3D pen has a number of awards attached to it (including the Toy of the Year Award and 2016 National Parenting Product Award), it’s safe to say, it’s good — read: really good. The 3Doodler uses low-heat, BPA-free plastic to create illustrations and figurines in IRL. Bring it home for $49.99.
3Doodler Create+ Master Creator 3D Pen Set
For those on the hunt for the new and improved version of the 3Doodler, as well as a variety of nozzles that can help change the shape and texture of your designs, additional plastic refills, and a 144-page project book to boot, look no further than this Master Creator Set. Get the entire kit for $149.99.
3Doodler Create+ Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set
If you’re looking for the latest version of the 3Doodler, the Create+, but without all the extras that come with the Creator 3D Set, the Essentials 3D Printing Set ($79.99) fits the bill.
3Doodler Start Mega 3D Printing Pen Set
Last, but not least on our 3Doodler list is the Mega 3D Printing Pen Set. For young creators, it comes with a variety of resources (including the 3D pen, 3Doodler Eco-Plastic, DoodleBlocks and activity guide) that makes 3D printing possible pretty much anywhere. Get it for just $99.99.
Beginner-Friendly Circuit Kits
Circuit Scribe: DIY Circuit Kits
Circuit Scribe takes a seemingly ordinary piece of printer paper and turns it into a working circuit board for creating blinking lights, noisy buzzers, and motors. If you want to get started with circuits, these kits have everything you need to for $32.99 (normally $59.99).
More DIY Fun
BONDIC® Starter Kit + Extra Refill
Superglue doesn’t touch BONDIC. This liquid plastic (which only solidifies when you cure it with UV LED light) will be your ultimate fixer-upper tool, allowing you to repair tricky items (like insulating and connecting wires or attaching pieces of broken ceramics back together) that might otherwise have been destined for the trash. Normally $24,99, this kit and an extra refill are on sale for just $14.99.
DIY Bionic Robot Lizard
We have a few robotics kits on this list that are designed for kids. But what about the kids at heart? If you fall under that category, consider the DIY Bionic Robot Lizard kit, which gives you all the tools to build a fully functional robot that can be controlled through visual programming language software. It’s usually priced at $65.99 but is available for $54.99 right here.
Crowtail NodeMCU Internet of Things Kit
With a total of 19 DIY lessons and 30 different modules you can build, the Cowtail NodeMCU lets you dive headfirst into building electronic hardware — all for just $89.
SunFounder Robotic Arm Edge Kit for Arduino
Always wanted a robotic arm to do whatever you tell it to do? You’re in luck. All you need is the right tools and instruction to get started, both of which you can score with this SunFounder Robotic Arm Kit (now on sale for $54.99).
SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit
What’s the most fun way to learn robotics? By programming this “Sloth” robot to dance, play a game of soccer, or walk around the house, of course. You won’t even realize you’re learning how to code like an absolute pro. Normally $59.99, it’s just $46.99 right now.