Boredom Buster: Old Electronics “Repair”

Kids always love to “fix” things – toy hammers, wrenches and screwdrivers are a staple of toddler play. So a great way to extend that play is to work with old electronics! Kids always wonder how things work, or what is inside. Old clock radios, stereos, phones, and even electronic toys are great to work with. 

Old electronics repair

All you need is an open space, preferable in a garage or on the driveway. Find an old electronic that you were going to throw out anyways. Take a screwdriver & hammer, and work together to see what you can do! Open up the cover, and discover what is inside. 

Our boys LOVE doing this.  They’ve taken apart old speakers (cool magnets inside!) a remote control car (and even rescued part of the motor!) as well as a clock radio and a toaster! 

Note: this activity is fun, but is best done with active adult supervision. Make sure all batteries are taken out and everything is unplugged, and dispose of all pieces carefully when finished. Basically, use good judgement! :)

How do your kids keep busy in the summer? Do you have any tried & true Boredom Busters?

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Marya R

I live in Bowmanville, and am a mom to four young boys - it can get a little loud in my house. I am a Christian, a part-time French teacher, a piano teacher and former homeschooler. I love finding the best deals, which will come in handy when our boys become hungry teenagers! We just moved to a house with more outdoor space, and I'm still getting used to life in the country (a walk around the block is a lot longer here!).

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  1. Interesting! I can see how kids would like this. Taking stuff apart to see how it works!

  2. This is interesting and it sounds fun. My son love to break up his toys when he was younger. Once he sees what’s inside and how it was made, he’d assemble it again.

  3. What a great idea. This would get the kids working and thinking at the same time. Adult supervision is a must, though.

  4. Great idea for boys! Just make sure that they aren’t tempted to plug in sockets!

  5. This is an awesome idea. both my boys love taking things apart and putting them back together.

  6. This definitely sounds like a fun activity! A great thing to do when the kids are tired of doing the same things over and over towards the end of summer!

  7. I can see how it would be awesome. I can also see how it needs adult supervision.

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