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#1 of 6 Old 05-16-2009, 12:28 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I am interested in getting a set for my 6 year old. I am trying to figure out which one.
I don't necessarily want to buy one of the biggest, most expensive sets. But, I don't want to buy a smaller set, need to get a bigger one and discover that half of the experiments are in the original set. does that make sense?

Is it possible to upgrade to newer, different experiments in one of the more expensive sets, even if you own a smaller set?

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I'm not entirely sure what question you're asking, but I suspect that this page may offer some comfort: http://www.snapcircuits.net/webprojects.html

Oh, and this page maybe even more comfort- you can get individual parts, and also upgrade kits from a smaller to a larger, so you're not paying for all the same parts again to get more pieces:
http://www.cs-sales.net/sncirepa.html

I'd probaby get a small-to-middling set, SC-300, and go from there.

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We bought the biggest snap circuit kit for my 7 & 5 yo. It certainly got a lot of use and they loved playing with it.

However, many pieces broke pretty easily. There were a couple that just stopped working (the ones that make sound--labeled U1 - U4--I don't remember exactly which ones).

THe kids have fond memories of the toy but they do say it didn't last very long.

You can buy smaller sets and upgrade as necessary.

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We bought the biggest snap circuit kit for my 7 & 5 yo. It certainly got a lot of use and they loved playing with it.

However, many pieces broke pretty easily. There were a couple that just stopped working (the ones that make sound--labeled U1 - U4--I don't remember exactly which ones).

THe kids have fond memories of the toy but they do say it didn't last very long.

You can buy smaller sets and upgrade as necessary.

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Really? That's frustrating.
We've had our set for years and it gets fairly regular play and we've not had anything break.

We have the SC-100 and one of the kids got the radio kit as a birthday. It's been enough for us although I wouldn't mind getting another one of the small kits, It's nice to have a more than one base plates.

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I'd get the biggest set you can afford. We picked up the SC-750 for about $85 on Amazon last year.

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However, many pieces broke pretty easily. There were a couple that just stopped working (the ones that make sound--labeled U1 - U4--I don't remember exactly which ones).
We haven't had similar issues, but if any part needs to be replaced, it can be done at a reasonable price here. I also highly recommend getting the students books as they contain the theory missing from the activity guides included with the sets. Careful though, for say, the SC-750, you'd need the all the student guides, not just the one titled SC-750. The teacher's guide isn't useful.
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Thanks everyone for your ideas. I think we are aiming for the 500 set, which will allow my son to pay for half kf it with his allowance. I understand that we can upgrade later when needed.
I didn't know about the books - thanks

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