If you live in a sunny area where it doesn’t rain much, then you can consider using cardboard for your costumes. It’s sturdy, somewhat flexible, and inexpensive — especially if you’ve moved anytime recently. EVA foam or craft foam is a more durable option, but if you’re okay with something more temporary, why not cardboard? Showa-Note even sells sets in red and black if you don’t want to invest any time into the project. Their samurai suits are about $28. That’s not a bad price to pay even if you only want to use the suit as a template for a longer-lasting set of armor. The armor comes in sizes for adults and children, and you can learn more about it at Showa-Note’s website.
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, or even use Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for MakeCode, CircuitPython, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.