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There are plenty of great beginner Arduino projects 10 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners 10 Great Arduino Projects for Beginners Completing an Arduino project gives you a sense of satisfaction like no other. Most beginners aren't sure where to start though, and even beginner's projects can seem rather daunting. Read More  that you can use to get started, but you’ll need an Arduino and some components first. Here’s our pick of 4 of the best starter kits What's in Your Arduino Starter Kit? [Arduino Beginners] What's in Your Arduino Starter Kit? [Arduino Beginners] Faced with a box full of electronic components, it's easy to be overwhelmed. Here's a guide to exactly what you'll find in your kit. Read More for any beginning Arduino enthusiast.

Funduino Advanced Starter Kit ($50)


This kit includes everything you need to get started with electronics Beginner's Electronics: 10 Skills You Need to Know Beginner's Electronics: 10 Skills You Need to Know Many of us have never even touched a soldering iron - but making things can incredibly rewarding. Here's ten of the most basic DIY electronics skills to help you get started. Read More using an Arduino, and a lot of things that will take you from a beginner to an enthusiast. It includes all of the basics: a Funduino UNO board, breadboard, cables, LEDs, resistors, and pushbutton switches.

But it also packs a lot of other things that will help you build some really fun things: temperature, flame, and infrared sensors; light-dependent resistors; a stepper motor; two sizes of seven-segment display; an LCD display; and even a joystick.


Funduino is Chinese company, so their instructions are badly translated and you will need to do a bit of research to find project instructions. Because of this, a little electronics or programming experience might be beneficial, but it’s not necessary. I used a Funduino board to build the Pomoduino timer The Pomoduino: Make an Arduino-Powered Pomodoro Timer The Pomoduino: Make an Arduino-Powered Pomodoro Timer Read More , and was able to do so with little experience and a few online searches. This is the best value kit by far, but perhaps not suited to complete beginners who would prefer a precise walkthrough of the basics.


DFRobot Beginner Kit for Arduino v3 ($50)


On the other hand, this one is a great kit for absolute beginners. The kit comes with numbered project cards that walk you through the creation of 15 unqiue projects from a blinking LED to an RGB light dimmer. One of my favorite things about this kit is something that’s very under-appreciated when it comes to electronics kits — each piece is clearly labelled.

Could you pick out an IR remote control sensor, an ambient light sensor, or a specific type of resistor without help? If not, then these labels will be extremely helpful.


While this kit comes few less components, you’ll definitely have enough to get started. LEDs, a micro servo and a small motor, 8-segment LED, push buttons, and a few sensors provide plenty of versatility.

The kit also comes with a prototyping shield as well as a breadboard, which means you could easily solder down one of your creations Learn How to Solder, with These Simple Tips and Projects Learn How to Solder, with These Simple Tips and Projects Are you a little intimidated by the thought of a hot iron and molten metal? If you want to start working with electronics, you're going to need to learn to solder. Let us help. Read More into a more solid piece of electronic kit.

123D Arduino Basic Kit ($84)


Although you don’t get nearly as many components as you would if you spent $84 on a cheap starter kit and a sensor pack or two, the 123D Arduino basic kit comes with a high-quality project book with some really fun project ideas — you’ll create a musical instrument, make a spaceship interface panel, build a motorized pinwheel, and even craft a magic crystal ball.

In addition to all of the components you need for these projects, the kit comes with cardboard cutouts to make your projects more colorful. (It’s possible that this is meant for children, but I think it’s awesome.)


The basic kit also comes with access to 123D’s online project lessons through their platform Project Ignite. One of the nice things that’s included in this kit is a wooden plate to which you can mount your Arduino and a small breadboard; it’s a great way to keep things together and make your projects more portable.

And with over 150 components, you’ll have enough knowledge and parts when you’re done with the included projects to start building your own Arduino devices.

ARDX Experimentation Kit ($85)


Like the 123D basic kit, the ARDX pack doesn’t include with as many parts as some, but it’s tough to beat when it comes to high-quality instructions. Not only does it have 11 different projects of increasing complexity for you to complete, but it also has breadboard layout sheets that you can cut out and lay over your breadboard, showing you exactly where to put your cables and components – great for those worried about wiring things in wrong.

This kit also includes an acrylic holder that you can mount your Arduino and breadboard to – not a necessity, but definitely nice for keeping things tidy.


Because the components that come with this set are rather basic—though it does include a cool force / touch sensor—you might outgrow this kit fairly quickly. You will however be familiar with the basics of prototyping and Arduino programming by the time you get through the instruction book, which is after all what a starter kit is for. In fact, it’s with one of these ARDX kits that our own DIY Editor James got started many years ago.

When you’ve outgrown it, you can easily upgrade with another component set or Arduino shield The Top 4 Arduino Shields To Superpower Your Projects The Top 4 Arduino Shields To Superpower Your Projects You’ve bought an Arduino starter kit, you’ve followed all the basic guides, but now you’ve hit a stumbling block - you need more bits and bobs to realise your electronics dream. Luckily, if you have... Read More for $30 or $40 that will dramatically expand the possibilities.

Get Started!

Taking on your first electronics project can be intimidating, but if you work your way up from the basics, you should have no problem getting into this really fun hobby. Buying an Arduino starter kit is a fantastic way to get the pieces you need for your first project, and the four kits above won’t break the bank, either.

Ready to take the next stop? Why not try building your own Arduino Don't Spend Money On An Arduino - Build Your Own For Much Less Don't Spend Money On An Arduino - Build Your Own For Much Less I love my Arduinos. At any point, I have quite a few projects on the go - prototyping is just so easy with them. But sometimes, I want to keep the project functional without buying... Read More ?

Which Arduino starter kits have you used? Would you recommend them? Share your favorites below!

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