Fifty Dangerous Things 6

Dismantling electronics.

Our VCR stopped working a year ago.  About six months later we sold most of our VHS tapes at a garage sale, and I’m not sure why we kept the VCR around.  I’m glad we did though, it was perfect for this dangerous thing.  The kids started by trying to see how it went together, they looked for screws around all the sides and decided where to start.



After they had taken all the exterior screws out they were still having a hard time, so we talked about how some things aren’t built to be opened, and the manufacturer would rather have you buy a new one.  Then we found two places that used adhesive, once those were pulled off the top came off and the kids went crazy pulling things apart inside.


They decided how they thought the major parts worked, with Wyatt showing his age by referring to the movie as a disc (this kid hasn’t had much experience with VHS tapes).  Then we talked about how many moving parts there are, and how easy it was for some of them to break. It was a lot of fun. There’s a video in the post, if it doesn’t show up in your RSS reader, go to the site.


After they were done with the screwdrivers they decided that wasn’t enough, so we took it outside and went at it with hammers and mallets.




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  1. #1 by Jessica on April 29, 2010 - 3:20 pm

    Looks like fun. I remember Jordan taking apart some stuff.

  2. #2 by Mike Roberts on April 29, 2010 - 5:25 pm

    What a great thing for them to experience. I love to take things apart to try to fix them, and when “fixed”, wonderinf why I have screws, etc., left over.

  3. #3 by Mom on April 29, 2010 - 5:53 pm

    This reminds me of the “take apart table” that Mrs. Smith, your second grade teacher, had in her room. What a great idea to have your children do it.

  4. #4 by Josh on April 29, 2010 - 6:46 pm

    Is it crazy to anyone else how huge that motherboard is to do such simple functions? I look at my sd card that’s 16 gb and wonder how that can handle so much information, it makes that vcr look like a dinosaur.

  5. #5 by Susan M on May 2, 2010 - 8:36 am


    If that had been our VCR, there would have been all kinds of stuff inside it. Like matchbox cars and coins.

    Reminds me of this:

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