For today’s Gifts for the Gifted post, I’m going to rewind all the way back to July of this year. Back then, I wrote about a product called Circuit Stickers from Chibitronics. I realize that the word “stickers” might make you grimace. But don’t stop reading, because these are not your ordinary stickers you can buy in packs of 4 sheets at Walmart. These are stickers that light up – if you arrange them the right way.
- 12 white LED stickers
- 6 each of red, yellow, and blue LED stickers
- 1 roll of copper tape (5 meters)
- 2 CR2032 coin cell batteries
- 2 small binder clips
- 1 swatch of conductive plastic
- 1 swatch of Z-conductive tape
- 1 copy of the “Circuit Sticker Sketchbook” by Jie Qi, an introductory guide to using circuit stickers.
The Sketchbook is very important. It’s kind of a workbook, and very helpful to non-electricians like my daughter and me. I’m embarrassed to say that I never made a circuit in my life until I ordered this kit. The workbook is very good at scaffolding circuitry, and suggesting ideas to build on each little project.
Once you “get” circuits, you can really get creative with the stickers, as the video from Chibitronics will show. You can design cards and make fun jewelry or other fashion statements.
Speaking of cards, you can buy a holiday greeting card kit from Chibitronics here for $25. It includes L.E.D. stickers and materials to make 3 cards.
If you have a child that is in to “making,” then you should definitely check out the Circuit Stickers. For other Maker ideas, check out my Make Pinterest Board.
My Gifts for the Gifted series of posts will appear every Friday in November and December. Here are links to the first two that I’ve done so far this year: Osmo and Shell Game. You can see even more gift recommendations on this Pinterest Board.