'Electronics for Kids' is a great introduction to electricity and electronics (and not just for kids!). Printed in full colour with many illustrations, it introduces common components with simple but interesting projects to build at each stage. The book starts by assuming no previous knowledge then carefully builds up straightforward explanations of how components work, plus practical techniques including wire-stripping, soldering and using a multimeter.
Highlights include lighting an LED with lemons, using a relay to flash an LED, building a musical instrument, making a sunrise alarm, a colour-guessing game, a secret code checker and the final project uses three ICs to make a great game.
The author, Øyvind Nydal Dahl, has done a great job in providing clear step-by-step instructions with breadboard (or stripboard) layouts as well as circuit diagrams for projects. As Technical Reviewer for the book I've built all the projects myself and I'm very happy to recommend it to anyone looking for a fun and educational introduction to electronics.
These books are great for starting to learn about electronics.
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These books are a good source of circuit diagrams for projects but you may need to design your own breadboard, stripboard or PCB layout to build the project. Some of the project books explain the operation of their circuits and this can be a good way to learn how they work. I recommend 'Electronics for Kids' - it has clear step-by-step instructions with breadboard (or stripboard) layouts for projects.