I've been making these little kits for kids (and kids of friends!) as well as school groups. its a nice way to get started playing with LEDs, batteries and switches

Did you know...

"An LED (light-emitting diode) is a special kind of diode that emits light when a current flows through it. The LED has two terminals, an anode and a cathode. Because it is a diode, electrons can only flow in one direction. When the electrons cross the barrier between the anode and the cathode, they release a photon, which produces light."


"A diode lets electrons flow in only one direction. It works like a switch: when current is flowing one way, the switch is on, but when current tries to flow the other way, the switch turns off. Sir John Ambrose Fleming is best known for inventing the diode, originally called the kenotron."

So much awesome knowledge!

And, here is a way to share this blinky awesomeness.
A list of materials you will need.
Optionally, you can include a LED sticker, badge, or both in your kits.

If you don't have any of these tools, you might want to consider Ladyada's Electronics Toolkit. It has everything you need... and more.

If you plan on soldering any of the components, I recommend using SAC305 RoHS lead-free Solder... especially if your kits are going to be in tiny hands.

This guide was first published on Jan 06, 2014. It was last updated on Jan 06, 2014.

This page (Tools / Materials) was last updated on Jan 04, 2014.

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