When I heard about Kithub, a monthly electronics subscription service for maker-type families, I knew I had to try it. We have now been subscribers for 4 months, so I feel that I can write a pretty informed review at this point.
First, my favorite thing about Kithub’s kits is the open-ended nature of them. I’m wary of kits that are basically supplies and directions for one predefined project. Kithub’s boxes are instead packed with ideas. They also happen to contain the supplies you might need to make those ideas happen. Second, I love that the supplies themselves are not proprietary. If I need more of a particular item (LEDs, battery, copper tape, DC motor, etc.), I can easily pick them up at my nearest Radio Shack (we still have two nearby!) or through Amazon (I’m spoiled by Prime).
The Kithub website has instruction videos to give subscribers an idea of how to do the projects that each kit describes. Also, Kithub sends occasional emails to subscribers with further project ideas. These emails are along the lines of: “Hey, do you have any of that copper wire leftover? Here’s another project idea for it!” I definitely feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth.*
Now, I mentioned that the supplies themselves are not proprietary. So, could I save some money by getting similar supplies each month and coming up with my own ideas for projects to work on with my kids? Maybe. But I could not duplicate the excitement of the box arriving on our porch. “Mom, a new Kithub is here! When can we do it?” That is magical. Plus, projects that I might come up with could never be as cool, because I’m just mom.
The biggest benefit of doing projects like these with your kids is that you help them build a Growth Mindset. Even if your natural inclination when given an electronics challenge is to say “I’m not good at this; This is too hard; I can’t figure it out,” you can try instead “I don’t know how to do this, but let’s figure it out together.” Trust me, your kids can hear the difference and they will follow your lead. Which message do you want them replaying in their minds?
*Of note: I am an actual paid subscriber. I did not receive a free product in exchange for this review.