The CircuitPlayground and CircuitPlayground Express are great boards for learning with. This is largely due to the abundance of sensors and actuators built into the design.

While there is a pile of builtin hardware, it doesn't include everything.  Fortunately it does have several useful connections run out to the alligator clip pads around the edge of the board. That means you can connect to it using alligator clip jumpers, like one of these:

Small Alligator Clip Test Lead (set of 12)

Connect this to that without soldering using these handy mini alligator clip test leads. 15" cables with alligator clip on each end, color coded. You get 12 pieces in 6 colors....

Small Alligator Clip to Male Jumper Wire Bundle - 12 Pieces

For bread-boarding with unusual non-header-friendly surfaces, these cables will be your best friends! No longer will you have long strands of alligator clips that are grabbing little...

This can be great for a quick & dirty test, but isn't very robust. I got to thinking about how I could deal with this and took some inspiration from some Micro:bit products I've seen. My solution: a series of shields that bolt on through the clip holes.

This guide was first published on Jan 04, 2018. It was last updated on Jan 04, 2018. This page (Overview) was last updated on Jan 03, 2018.