For fun over the Halloween night the people from XLC blog made a simple "Monster box" powered by an Arduino, small servo, and an infrared distance sensor. When someone or something approaches the box, the lid will open for a period of time and then close again. Once the box has been decorated as shown below it would be quite amusing for younger children:
It could be used at any time of the year, and also a fun example of an Arduino project you could share to help inspire younger people. Click here for the instructions and more demonstrations. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
The package includes a wide variety of parts, sensors and modules including: a servo motor, lights, buttons, switches, sound, sensors, breadboard, wires and more. Furthermore a Freetronics Eleven Arduino-compatible board is included to make this an extensive hobby experimenter, inventor and starter kit. However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects!