Arduino is a great starting point for electronics, and with a motor shield it can also be a nice tidy platform for robotics and mechatronics. Here is a design for a full-featured motor shield that will be able to power many simple to medium-complexity projects. Build the kit, and learn how to use it with these detailed instructions.
Vintage radios can be beautiful, but many are beyond repair. Here's a guide to repurposing it as an eerie playback device that uses the original tuner dial, power knob, and speaker and grafts on a Feather ESP8266 Huzzah with Music Maker MP3 FeatherWing that can play creepy sound effects, and trigger a specific song when intrepid guests tune the dial to a specific frequency. Muhuwahahahahahaha!
If you'd like a compact display, with buttons and a joystick - we've got what you're looking for. The Adafruit 128x64 OLED Bonnet for Raspberry Pi is the big sister to our mini PiOLED add-on. This version has 128x64 pixels (instead of 128x32) and a much larger screen besides. With the OLED display in the center, we had some space on either side so we added a 5-way joystick and two pushbuttons. Great for when you want to have a control interface for your project.