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Picture of Kid's Toy Light Switch Box + Games Remix

This is a remix I just had to do ever since I saw two awesome instructables and couldn't stop thinking about combining the two! This mashup basically combines the interface of the Light Switch Box with simple games (Simon, Whack-a-Mole, etc...) on the Arduino. Like the original author of the Light Switch Box mentions, I have no idea why toddlers love to play with light switches so much, but this project gives them their fix! I adapted the simple electronics to add the Simon Arduino game and then multiple game modes so my older kids can play too! I also made one major enhancement for the LEDs and used ping pong balls to diffuse the LEDs because it looks so much cooler than the original!

It should be an easy way to get into electronics and take it one notch further to simple Arduino'ing. Check out the original inspiration - here are the links!

Aside - My Motivation:

My 4 kids mean everything to me.

At their young ages right now (7,5,3,and 1) it takes a lot of attention and work to keep everyone sane! That doesn't leave much time for tinkering, Arduino'ing, writing Instructables, etc. But oddly enough it's those types of projects and hobbies that keep me sane. Anyone else feel similarly? For whatever sad, strange reason that my wife tries really hard to comprehend (bless her heart), I absolutely love getting sucked into a good project for hours on end that gets my creative thinking going, makes me problem-solve, and gives me the opportunity for hand's-on engineering.

And that's what I love about Instructables!!!

I get to see the passion in other's projects - so many great ideas and my mind starts racing! So at least when I gear the project towards my kids right now and involve them in the process I feel like I'm giving them a taste of the hobbies that I love. And who knows? Maybe one day they'll turn out to be some famous inventor, designer, entrepreneur, hacker, etc. But as long as they can be creative, finding passion in their work, it will all be worth it.

Let's get started!!!

Step 1: Materials and Tools

Picture of Materials and Tools

Materials List:

--- Hardware Store ---

--- Walmart or Amazon---

--- Electronic Components Online ---

Tools List:

--- Workshop ---

  • Jigsaw
  • Drill with bits (1 1/2" flat boring bit, 1/2" flat boring bit, then standard 1/2", 1/4", 1/16")
  • Screwdrivers (phillips and flat head)
  • Tape measure
  • Utility knife
  • Sandpaper and paint (optional)

--- Home and Electronics ---

  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Wire strippers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
ChristyI2 months ago
Really nice job with the Instructable, I hope to make a "puzzle" version
jiangann3 months ago
  • Very detailed step explanation, benefit a lot