When I was a child my parents gave me a toy that was basically DIY optics projects. It included a telescope, binoculars, and a 35mm camera with telephoto lens. It was all plastic that snapped together. Unfortunately, I never successfully assembled the camera - but it did help me learn.
* I'm an analogue enthusiast, trying not to fall into the digital abyss.
* My favorite cameras: Mamiya C330f, Nikon S2, Hasselblad SWC, Leica SL, Leica M7, Russian FKD 18x24, Bronica SQ-B and RF645, Rolleiflex T, Nikon F4s, Olympus Pen FT, Agfa Clack and my pinhole cameras.