Eyes jiggle, legs wiggle, and antennas sway to-and-fro is the combo tango-jitterbug-frightened-grasshopper dance. It is unmistakably an attention-grabber. Pint-sized and power to pack a punch, this enticingly amusing solar bug will surely capture your heart. Turn on its power switch (the sun) and you will smile like there is no tomorrow. This frolicking fancy is easy to assemble and demonstrates an alternative energy principle. No batteries and tools required and less than ten parts to snap together.
dimensions: 1.9x1.0x0.6in Solar Panel Output: 1.1V x 50mA Motor: DC; Power Consumption: 1.2V x 10mA
Green Energy & Robotics Technology Curriculum
Solar Grasshopper Fun Teaching Tool
Posted by Tracy Peterson on 13th Oct 2010
This product was given to my kids by their grandparents. It was assembled by my 11 year old son and enjoyed by both children (my daughter is 6). As soon as it gets in the sunlight it vibrates in the palm of the hand, and stops immediately when you walk into the shade. I took it to my daughter's kindergarten last spring and the children had a great time taking turns with it on the playground, holding it flat in the palm of their hands. The teacher liked it so much that I ordered one for him to have for his classroom this year. Really cool!
Great but has hard-to-follow instructions
Posted by M. Carpenter on 17th Aug 2010
This is a great toy and a lot of fun! I can't believe that somebody under 8 would be able to put this together without quite a bit of help. Once it is put together, though, the grasshopper shivers and is actually pretty cute.
Solar powered fun!
Posted by Grace on 17th Aug 2010
This little guy is so fun. :) I home school my children, and we used him during our solar power science unit. As you can tell from the laughter of my little ones, he was a hit!
He works great in full sun, not much in clouds, and works okay under a 100W light bulb. It's a great tool to show your kids how solar cells work. My kids loved making a shadow over him to make him stop wiggling.
I agree with other reviewers that the instructions are a bit confusing and I don't think a child could do it alone. But, he is surprisingly durable for being so little.
You can see what he does in the video. I highly recommend him!! :)
Cute Solar Bug
Posted by Joy on 13th Jul 2010
This is a cute novelty item to teach elementary aged children how solar power works. It vibrates in direct sunlight. My granddaughters enjoyed learning how to position it in their hands to get it to vibrate (tickles). They are into bugs, so this was perfect. The grasshopper is fragile. Advanced instruction would be beneficial before children handled it.
Great fun and discovery for the inquisitive!
Posted by H. Rair on 13th Jul 2010
My daughter, who just turned 5 and loves science, saw this on Amazon on a video, and was completely enthralled with the toy. I thought she would forget about it, but she didn't. So, she got it from the tooth fairy for her first tooth.
The toy was smaller than I thought it would be, but it is still very fun. It was easy to put together with my daughter--it took maybe 15 minutes or so, and we were able to play with it right away. I think she loves it even more since she got to put it together herself. She loves that it works in the sun and also with flashlights and lamps. She loves experimenting with every light source in the house to see which work. The motor also makes a cricket-like sound when the bug is picked up from the turning motion of the motor, which is cool.
My daughter is very hard on toys, and I felt this toy was very well constructed and sturdy. The antenna are flexible, but don't interfere with the action of the toy if they are skewed around.
The toy has started some interesting conversations about solar power and renewable energy and how simple motors work.