2021 Santa's Little Hackers Toy Making Instructional Videos

We are providing these instructional videos for each of the toys we sent out to our recipients this year.  Our  videos will give you step by step instructions on how to adapt your toy.  We recommend watching all the videos if you are new to adapting to get an idea of how adapting toys works for different types of toys. 

Basic Instructions

This video goes over the tools in your Toy Making Kit, and how to cut, strip and connect a wire to a cable.  

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Dice Roller Instructions

This video shows how Santa's Little Hackers adapts a battery operated dice roller with the tools provided in our Toy Making Kit.

*A fun things to put in your dice roller other than dice are jingle bells! Ho!Ho!Ho!

The Dice Roller in this video can be purchased at this link

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Plush Bus Instructions

This video shows how Santa's Little Hackers adapts a battery operated bus with the tools provided in our Toy Making Kit. 

You may have received this bus, a fire truck, or train. All are the same adaption.

The bus in this video can be purchased at this link.

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Bubble Machine Instructions

This video shows how Santa's Little Hackers adapts a battery operated bubble machine with the tools provided in our Toy Making Kit. 

The bubble machine in this video can be purchased at this link.

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"Feel Good" Bear Instuctions

This video shows how Santa's Little Hackers adapts a battery operated "Feel Good" Bear with the tools provided in our Toy Making Kit. 

The bear in this video can be purchased at this link, or search for other plush animals with one switch in their hand that turns the toy on or off. You can view our video of how to select easy to adapt toys here: MaxMods toy selection video. 

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Elephant Instructions

This video shows how Santa's Little Hackers adapts a battery operated Elephant with the tools provided in our Toy Making Kit. 

The elephant in this video can be purchased at this link, or search for other plush animals with one switch in their hand that turns the toy on or off. You can view our video of how to select easy to adapt toys here: MaxMods toy selection video. 

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Santa's Little Hackers Suggested Adapting Tools

In this graphic you will find the tools we are using this year to adapt a simple two-wire toy.  Below you will find links to the tools you can purchase online to build your own tool kit. 

*Check with your family or friends to see if they have these tools you can borrow before purchasing to save on spending.

1. Accessible Switch

We are producing more Banana Pie Accessible Switches to sell on our webpage. We will update the link once they are available to purchase. You will need an accessible switch to test your toy adaption.

2. Phillips head screwdriver

3. Wire stripper/crimper

4. Seam ripper & Needle/thread 

(for plush toys) 

5. 3.5 mm female end dongle

We are selling a limited amount of our Santa's Little Hackers dongle cables. You can find them online, but you will have to cut the male end of the cable off and strip and tin the wires. Our dongles are already prepared for you to adapt. 

6. Zip-tie

(for strain relief on the dongle once inside the toy.)

7. Alligator Clip

(you can also use a binder clip, paper clip, or another set of hands to help you hold the wires so they don't go back into the toy once you've cut them.)

8. Two B-Connectors

If you purchase a Santa's Little Hackers dongle, you may add two b-connectors to your order. Otherwise, you can purchase these in bulk. We are not able to sell or ship these separately.

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