Snap Circuits

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AM radio
An AM radio made from a Snap Circuits kit

Snap Circuits is a line of electronic kits manufactured by Elenco Electronics and aimed at children eight years and older.[1] The kits come in a variety of sizes, and may include capacitors, diodes, electric motors, lamps, LEDs, radios, electromagnets, speakers, resistors, transformers, transistors and voltmeters. The kits contain a plastic baseboard into which the various components and wires can be snapped to easily create a working circuit.[2] Snap Circuits was first released in 2002.[3]

Snap Circuits has been praised for exposing young children to elementary engineering concepts.[1][4][5] A related line entitled Snap Circuits Jr. is geared towards younger children.[6] The different sets are all compatible with each other so you can combine sets and the company sells "upgrade" sets as well.[7]

Elenco was founded in 1972 and originally developed products for the testing of electronic equipment. It later developed educational materials for schools to provide hands-on experience in electronics building. A toy division was created in the late 1990s, and Snap Circuits, first released in 2002, soon grew in popularity. By 2015, Snap Circuits were among Amazon's Top 20 best selling toys.[8][3] As of 2020, Snap Circuits have won more than 30 awards by different toy and industry groups.[7]


  1. ^ a b Wright, Anne Margaret (n.d.). "Electronic Snap Circuits". The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  2. ^ Mills, Joey L. (16 March 2016). Snap Circuits Uses Construction to Teach Electricity Basics, GeekDad
  3. ^ a b (January 2022). Elenco is Positively Charged for Snap Circuits Celebrations in 2022, ANB Media
  4. ^ Christy (25 November 2012). "Snap Circuits review". Quirky Tech It concludes of 125 different activities. Retrieved 29 August 2013.
  5. ^ (10 December 2019). Under the Radar's Holiday Gift Guide 2019 Part 8: Toys, Under the Radar ("A goldmine for STEM learning expertly disguised as a plaything,")
  6. ^ (12 May 2022). Best toys for 7-year-olds, KX Television
  7. ^ a b Kara Kamenec (3 April 2020). "The best educational toys for kids". Insider. Retrieved 13 June 2022.
  8. ^ Purdy, Chase (31 December 2015). A tiny electronics company makes some of the most popular toys on Amazon, Quartz