Here’s a coolly educational DIY project that may get the kids off the Playstation for a couple of hours. Neatsolarstuff.com offers a bunch of funky looking solar robot and vehicle kits, and they’re suprisingly cheap. Have rewarding human interaction with your offspring as you struggle to read directions, use a screw-driver and actually build something while exposing your progeny to solar technology. Does it get any better?
This solar powered motorized kit includes: a solar panel, motor, metal body, wheels and gears — axle shafts. No batteries needed.
for kids 10 and up
$19.99 @ 4lots.com or $29.95 @ conscious-balance.com
(note: this item was not tested by the alternative consumer)