Combine the fun of play dough with the amazement of light, sound, and motion with this introductory circuits kit.
The kit, which includes LEDs (lights), buzzers, a motor, plus conductive and insulating play dough, is simple to use and good for both science projects and playtime. A trio of engaging Project Ideas, starting with Electric Play Dough Project 1: Make Your Play Dough Light Up, Buzz, and Move! provide all the background information you need to understand circuits.
All you need to do is install batteries, and you are ready to start exploring. The metal wires (leads) of the components in the kit are reinforced making them easier to insert into the play dough and sturdy enough for even young children to use. The jumbo-sized LEDs are bright and come in a variety of fun colors making for lots of artistic choices. What will you create with this kit?
This kit works with a number of different projects from Science Buddies. Please see links to three projects and FAQs below. Find the full list of projects and instructions here.
You will also need from home:
- AA batteries (4)
- Mixing bowl
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- Spoon or spatula
- Pot and stovetop
- Optional: In addition to the dough included in the kit, you can make your own conductive and insulating dough (for example, if you want other colors). See Electric Play Dough Recipes for materials and directions for making your own dough. You can also use store-bought Play-Doh® (replaces conductive dough) and modeling clay (replaces insulating dough).
Bonus Resources for Teachers!
This kit is a great way to explore circuits in the classroom. To help teachers get started, we've also created a free Lesson Plan that includes training videos, a facilitator guide, and a student guide.
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Instructions are NOT included with the kit, but are available online from Science Buddies.
Each Electric Play Dough Kit contains:
- White insulating dough (3.5 oz)
- Red, blue, and green conductive dough (3.5 oz each)
- 1 Piezoelectric buzzer
- 1 4 AA Battery Pack
- 25 Jumbo LEDs (5 each in red, green, white, yellow, and blue)
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