This week, I took apart a toy that is designed to help kids learn their ABCs. You could press the letters to hear each letter and the sound it makes (plus learn some shapes and numbers), it could quiz you to find the right letter/number/shape, and you could make it play music.
What You Need:
Something to take apart
Tools: screwdrivers, pliers, wire cutters and scissors
What To Do:
I recommend starting just by looking around the outside of what you are taking apart. You’ll quickly find the screws holding it all together. Some plastic toys are held together by hidden latches, so you may need to use a flat-head screwdriver to help pry it apart, but first double-check for screws, especially under stickers.
I recommend against cutting wires until absolutely necessary, as that usually ends your ability to trace the path to how things work.
Salvage what you can. From the ABC toy, I kept: the batteries, a speaker, a slide switch, and two lights for future project ideas. Make sure to recycle as much as possible as well (i.e. put the plastic into the recycle bin).
Take your time, ask questions (you may need to do some research on the Internet), and have fun!