Soldering is one of those things that fun and easy even though to the uninitiated it appears serious and tricky. The truth is, it’s cool and the foundation of so many maker project, so why not instill these skills in the next generation while they’re young? KITS for KIDS has several different beginner soldering kits, but the UFO Alien is perhaps my favorite.
The purpose of the kit is to teach soldering skills, but it also uses an astable multivibrator instead of self-flashing LEDs for a little tech history. The 1206 components are also easy to solder for beginners, along with the 3528 LEDs.
If you’re looking for other designs, be sure to check out the full selection of soldering kits to see all the different options.