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We hope you and your family are having fun learning how to solder. If you are, take some pictures and load them to the MAKE Flickr pool. The first five people who load family soldering pics and tag them “MAKEcation” will get a free Maker’s Notebook.

To help give you some ideas for projects you can do, we’ve put together some of our favorites from the site. We tried to pick ones that are easy enough that a beginner can handle, but where you also get something useful (and/or fun) for your effort. If you are working on some soldering projects with the family, please tell us what they are in the comments.

Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Projects Podcast
Make a pocket LED cube – Weekend Project PDFcast


Tiny Cylon Kit (one of the three kits in the Teach Your Family to Solder bundle)


MintyBoost USB Charger Kit v2.0


LED Micro-Readerboard Kit


Herbie the Mousebot Kit


Make a Joule Thief – Weekend Projects Video Podcast
Many other Joule Thief projects on Make: Online

How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots


How-To: Build BEAM vibrobots


LED Hula Hoop
Maker Shed also offers an LED Hula Hoop kit with everything you need.

In the Maker Shed:

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And don’t forget, the Maker Shed has a special “Teach Your Family to Solder” bundle:

Our MAKEcation Family Solder Bundle is a fun collection of electronic kits that will have you soldering like a pro in no time. Each bundle includes 3 easy to solder kits, a Maker’s Notebook, and MAKE, Volume 01 featuring a great learn to solder tutorial.
 
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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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