Children are learning from day one, and there's a multi-billion dollar industry to help us promote learning through the purchase of various entertaining and interactive toys. However with a little thought and experimentation - you can make your own and save money while customising the unit to meet your own needs (i.e. that of the child!). Instructables user "xLisax" has done just that by creating a circuit based on an Arduino that allows for various LED effects, a buzzer and so on. This is then mounted inside a 3D-printed enclosure designed in Tinkercad - as shown in the following video:
The neat thing is with this kind of project you can always update the sketch in the Arduino to alter the behaviour of the input and output devices, keeping the toy current. Overall it's an inspiring project - you could make one from scratch, or add the controls and output devices to existing children's' toys. Either way, visit the project page for more information. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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