Buttons box for my son

There is the project I’m going to give to my two years old son this Christmas. He like playing with all kinds of buttons he found everywhere. But they almost done nothing for him, except the ones on my dryer. So I decided to give him an experience box made of many kinds of button that take different action on lights and a motor.

There are only three little electronic circuits in the box. The rest is only wiring. One circuit is a flip flop to make the two red leds flashes and the other one is an And Gate to make the two arcade button light up the yellow led only when the two button are pressed, the last one is a bicycle flash hacked to fit the panic button.

There are nothing much more to explain about this box, the pictures and the video will tell you all.

The final product

The final product

Purchased buttons and other parts

Purchased buttons and other parts

Mesuring parts

Mesure all parts

Buttons and lights placement

Buttons and lights placement

The box

The box

Drilling the holes

Drilling the holes

Prototyping the flip flip and the gate circuit

Prototyping the flip flip and the gate circuit

Building the final circuit board

Building the final circuit board

The completed circuit board

The completed circuit board

The circuit is packed in an antistatic bag. This is for isolate it from the mess of wires you will see on the next picture.

The circuit packed in an antistatic bag

The wiring inside the box

The wiring inside the box

And finally a demo

11 thoughts on “Buttons box for my son

  1. Congratulations on creating! I really enjoyed and would like to know if you can pass the list of components and circuit schematic. It would be nice one of these to stimulate thinking and perception of the little ones.

  2. I unfortunately don’t have any schematics, plan or procedure to build that box. I purchased some buttons, LEDs and lights on an electronic supplier on the fly. I made a plan for the part disposition and start soldering thing together. Like you can see, it’s a total mess inside the box.

    But you can find the circuit for the flip flop here. I use the second circuit with the 2N3904. Try first on a protoboard for the resistor and capacitor values. If I remember correctly I use 100uf capacitor and 1k resistors. Not sure at all. For the And Gate I use this circuit here. Every LEDs need to be wired with a resistor. You can use the classic V=IR formula. In my project I use 470ohm. There OK for the high brightness LEDs, but to high for normal LEDs. For the rest, it’s only wiring a switch with a LED.

    You can also have a little more details on my Instructables project page : The Amazing Buttons Box.

    I hope I answer your question at best.

  3. This box is amazing. Did your son like it? I wish I could make such a thing because my son (almost 1 year old) is so fond of lights and buttons. He really needs to check out the washing machine a few times during every wash to see the lights on it, and the little light on the TV too.
    Thanks for sharing, maybe I will try to make a simpler version :o)

  4. Do you have a recommendation on how to learn to build the circuit board? I just want the lights to turn on when the buttons are pushed or when a switch is turned.

  5. I don’t think you need a circuit board. You can wire leds lights and switches without it. Mine used to make the flip flop led flasher and the and gate.

  6. Your switch box is great. I really love it.

    I had a similar idea and the parts (I wish I bought some arcade buttons though) from old projects to make one for my 1 year old son. I liked your banana plug idea I incorporated it into my design. Thank you.

    Here is a video of my switch box if you are interested. http://youtu.be/MjQCG5qPafk

  7. Hello, I am wondering if you sell or build the box for customer? The box looks amazing and I would love to have one for my 2 year old son, but I know nothing about building electronics. Thank you.

  8. Hi Lin, I’m sorry, but the box is not for sale. My newborn will use it soon I expect. And I think it will be too much time for the price to manufacture one for a customer.

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