Here's a cool family-friendly project for the summer holidays: create and build your own toy or gadget with a littleBits kit. LittleBits' LEGO-like electronics systems that snap together with magnets are easy enough for kids and adults with no programming experience to use.
In addition to the maker kits and individual parts, littleBits offers step-by-step tutorials and project guides. A new holiday kit ($US49) can help you create a light-up tree ornament, dancing skater, New Year's party hat, or whatever your mind can conjure up. Other projects you can make with littleBits include a back massager and bubble maker.
These kits are a great way to get kids interested in electronics and science -- and started on the path of DIY pride.