The best gifts for kids teach them — without looking like they’re anything but cool. Take the Snap Circuit from Elenco for instance. Powered by two AA batteries, it walks youngsters though building everything from an AM radio to a burglar alarm, all via easy-to-understand guides utilizing snap-together components.
The kit comes with about 100 color-coded pieces that mix and match to form cool circuits. The best part is that the kit doesn’t require any tools — the components just snap together.
Street pricing starts at $30 for the basic kit with upgrades available for around $20.