Feel like playing in the sun? There are a number of fun toys that can also introduce you and your children to some solar electricity basics.
The Photon Solar Racer is an assemble-yourself solar kit car, available from EfstonScience SuperStore and other vendors. It's powered by a 5 amp solar array, and it can travel 10 feet in 6 seconds under full sunlight. The car retails for about $35.
Solar Powered Wooden Kits are available in several kinds and varieties from Solar Village from Crystal Bay. The toy kits include a windmill, a wooden car and a bi-plane.
Crystal Bay also makes a solar powered energy kit, excellent for educating your kids and yourself in solar basics. All of these items retail for under $20.
The solar energy project is another solar powered energy kit, from SolarWorld.com. The kit provides kids with a simple experiment in using a solar panel to power an electric motor. The kit also comes with an informative booklet, and it retails for $11.95.
SolarWorld also retails a number of other education products, such as the Forever Light, which you assemble yourself, learning the basics of a solar electric system, for under $20. You end up with a solar key chain light that will provide you with handy nighttime light.