A while back, I published 100 Engineering Projects For Kids. It is packed with fun, engineering ideas to inspire your kids. Since then, I have heard from many parents that this is their go-to list for rainy days, downtime, and when busy hands need something to keep them occupied.
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I have to admit. We have gone back to this list many times to keep my son engaged in something besides tormenting his sister and destroying the house with hockey pucks. To make it easy for him to use the list, we keep lots of items on hand in a kind of DIY engineering project kit. What’s in it?
What’s In An Engineering Project Kit?
Putting together an engineering project kit makes it easy for kids to do the projects found in the 100 Engineering Projects For Kids post and it allows for open ended play and exploration.
Here are some ideas for putting together your own engineering project kit:
- copper wire
- insulated wire
- wire clips
- mini light bulbs
- bulb holders
- breadboard – (Here is one that comes with wires!)
- empty paper towel tubes
- pipe cleaners
- clay (modeling or polymer)
- aluminum foil
- paper cups
- popsicle sticks
- rubber bands
Engineering Project Ideas
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