Christmas has now been and gone. Turkey, tinsel and sparkly lights replaced with the cold, dreariness of January. The Christmas tree may be back in the attic but the living room is floor is occupied by new obstacles in the form of Christmas toys. The one I don’t mind tripping over is Hot Wires.
Made by John Adams, Hot Wires is a “plug and play electronics set”. Gone are the electronics sets of the past which my older brother used to possess. No more complicated diagrams and masses of wires that even an adult would struggle to understand. Hot Wires has simple, clear diagrams which guide you through making electronic circuits with the easy-to-use snap together components.
My eldest son asked for Hot Wires for Christmas and he’s really enjoyed putting together circuits. Clipping components together so that a light bulb lights at the flick of a switch amazed him because he did it. He built it. He thought the spinning disc circuit was hilarious and he was stunned when we helped him make a radio. “It plays the same music as the radio in the car” he announced and immediately took it up to his room to play with other toys as he listened to the radio that he built.
The box says Hot Wires is for age 8+. My son is 6.5 years old and he needed help at first, certainly will continue to need help with reading the wordy explanations of the experiments. However, you don’t need to read any of the words to build the circuits. They just give you extra detail about what’s going on. The circuits are built by following the diagrams which are very clear and my boy has built several circuits without help. I like that this is both something he can do on his own as well as being enjoyable for us to do together, certainly takes me right back to my school physics lessons.
We have really enjoyed Hot Wires, it’s already one of my boys favourites and I love that’s it’s both easy to use and educational.
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