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This paper describes the considerations taken in designing cost effective embedded processor development kits to support the take-home self-practice pedagogical strategy. Since each student is issued with such a take-home development kit, special design considerations were given to the choice of processor, the on-board peripheral support, the mode of software development and the development tool support. Two embedded processor development platforms of different complexity are described. One is an 8051 based kit and the other is based on the ARM RISC processor.