What Is it?
The DIY Electro-Dough Kit is a great, hands-on approach to teaching younger children about simple circuits. Using homemade conductive and resistant modeling dough, your child will build silly or scary sculptures that light up and make sounds. Because the kit uses modeling dough that your child helps you make, he will be able to investigate a playful side of electricity in a fun, safe, hands-on way.
Timberdoodle also offers a 10 lesson instructional guide as a PDF that comes free with every Timberdoodle purchase of the DIY Electro-Dough KIT. The instructions will take you and your child through a series of circuits to build, which develop in complexity and teach the rudiments of electronics in a very child-friendly way. Discover the difference between connecting your LEDs in serial and parallel, build switches, and introduce the buzzer. The DIY Electro-Dough Hardware Kit is a select collection of components that will make your explorations easy.
This kit requires four AA batteries, and your homemade dough, which is not included. Kit includes: Battery Holder, Buzzer, 6 Crocodile Clips, 3 Dough Cutters, 10 Jumper Wires, 10 Green LEDs, 10 Red LEDs, and 2 Tilt switches.
What fun we have had with the DIY Electro-Dough Kit! The 10 lesson instructional guide has been a huge resource in learning more about circuits and putting together some fun projects. When we get the kit out, my kids play happily for hours building all sorts of creations and testing to see if their circuit is complete.
The recipe in the 10 lesson instructional guide seems to be far better for use with the kit as well, so we are very thankful for Timberdoodle providing this awesome resource. Topics covered in the instruction guide include finding out if water conducts electricity, testing human circuits, and a fun doctor game.
The instructions are so simple that even my 1st grader was building the more complicated circuits! That is, when my 4th grade son would let someone else play with it ;-). The circuit is complete when the lights light up or when the buzzer is buzzing.
If you have a child that loves hands-on activities, go ahead and put this on their Christmas list and definitely one to add to the homeschool room! The dough has kept well for us in an airtight bag, and we get it out a LOT to play!
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