The Ladyada/Adafruit tutorials are great. I have gone from never having picked up a soldering iron to this project over the course of a couple months of experimenting. This uses an LED array soldered onto a piece of project board from radio shack and has its own 12v power source made from a dc adapter from an old broken external hard drive. I’m using an Adafruit WAVE shield for the audio and a RadioShack powered speaker.
The lantern will randomly cycle through colors until the motion detector is triggered, then it will randomly speak one of a number of audio clips I recorded, the will go back and cycle through the colors.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.