Innovation is the name of the game for lots of the new toys, and this is certainly true of Project Mc2 Circuit Beats. What is it and what does it do that is so different? Read our full hands-on review below to learn more.
Project Mc2 Circuit Beats allows you to make music out of almost anything. As long as an object conducts electricity it can be used to create a circuit and make music. To make it work you simply connect the circuit board to the object of your choice such as a banana, hold the ground wire in your hand creating a return path for the electricity, then by tapping one finger of your other hand on the banana you complete the circuit and you are making music. The circuit board allows you to select from five different sounds: piano, drums, guitar, cat sounds or you can even record your own sounds.
• Circuit board
• 7 wire clips to connect your choice of objects ( objects not included)
• Cat ear speaker headband
• Sticker sheet to decorate your Project Mc2 Circuit Beats
• Requires 3x AAA batteries (included)
It is rated for ages 6 and up but is fun for all ages. Parents and grandparents take note any child would love to receive Project Mc2 Circuit Beats as a gift. It is educational as well as fun so teachers would also benefit from the product whether in a classroom or a homeschool setting.
Things We Like About It
First and most importantly its fun for the whole family, even adults love to get in on the action.
The kit is cute and colorful, and we love that is comes with stickers that allow your child to personalize it to their own taste.
There is nothing better than having fun while learning and Circuit Beats is definitely educational. The kit encourages children to experiments just to figure out which fruits/veggies etc will conduct electricity. Your kids will enjoy learning about music and science through play.
Parents will love that it comes WITH 3 AAA batteries already installed. The preloaded sounds are fun but kids love the record option that lets you record your own sounds. We all know kids that never get tired of hearing the sound of their own voices so it’s a good thing that the kitty headset isn’t just adorable, it also delivers great sound.
Things We Did Not Like About It
Some people found that it took a while to get the product to work consistently but for some that was part of the fun. Others couldn’t get the product to work at all. The clips are extremely picky, and you need to be sure that they are pushed in all the way. Some reviewers felt that the instructions were unclear and should have specified that in order to complete the circuit the user had to hold on to the metal part of the ground wire.
Some people found that the headphones didn’t work or that they were too small for the child’s head.
One thing that we felt would improve the product would be a case that all the separate parts could go into to make putting it away easier.
Is It Worth The Money?
For those that were able to get the product to work it was a cute, engaging and educational toy and children and adults alike enjoyed playing with. Despite the difficulties that some people had getting it to work, the low price makes the gamble worth it.
Where Can I Buy It?
The Project Mc2 Circuit Beats is available online through Amazon and in stores like Wal-mart and Toys’r’us.
Circuit Beats is one of those rare toys that are able to combine fun and learning and engage the whole family.