Circuitry is one of my favorite explorations with kids. The excitement when that bulb lights up? There is nothing like it. With basic materials, kids can really start creating their own projects and in the process, learn a lot along the way. A simple entry point is Squishy Circuits, but more advanced projects like adding in motors and other components lead to endless possibilities. You don’t need expensive kits like LittleBits or Snap Circuits. While those tools are fun, they aren’t a must have. In fact, kids can learn just as much with low-tech materials listed below that can be purchased in bulk. Partner with cardboard, duct tape, and good old paper? And the possibilities just became awesome.
Pro-tip: Playdoh is highly conductive and comes in LOTS of colors.
- Squish the Boredom and Power Up the Play
- St. Thomas Project Page
- Tinkering Studio How To
- Squishy Circuits Classroom Guide
- Gadgiteration Guide
- The Tinkering Studio: Paper Circuitry
- Instructables for Beginners
- Paper Circuits from Makerspaces.com
Copper Tape & Conductive Inks
- Copper Adhesive Tape [Note: Look for copper tape with conductive adhesive!]
- How to Make Conductive Ink
- CiruitScribe Conductive Ink Pens
- 3V Button Cell, packs of 100 on Amazon are the best deal.
- Ikea Button Cell is a good deal in store
- Battery Holders