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Cool Science – Electrical Circuits for Kids
Thursday, September 12, 2013 7:37:00 AM
It’s time to fuel your child’s love for science again with a
great new project this week that will teach them all about electricity and how
it works to power light bulbs. With a simple and fun interactive project, you
and your child can use your hands to channel electricity and spend some time
together learning about the incredible nature of currents. Read on to discover
how to conduct a great project that will light up your child’s life this week!
Get Ready to Light it
For this fun educational activity you will need two types of
play dough, one made of salt, and the other made of sugar (more on this in a
second). You will also need a few LED lights, preferably ones of different
colors to increase the fun at the end of the project. And finally, you will
need a battery pack or transformer of some sort, which you can easily pick up
at an electronics or department store in town.
The reason you will need two types of dough is because the
one made of salt conducts electricity well, while the sugary type does not –
also, you will need to cook the salty dough and leave the sugary dough uncooked
(there are plenty of recipes on the Internet that you can follow easily).
Now, take the wires that are protruding from your
electricity source, and stick them each into a separate piece of play dough. Once
finished, take one of the LED lights, and insert each prong into a different
piece of play dough – the LED should light up immediately! Since electricity
only flows through the LED light in one direction, though, simply switch the
prongs if it doesn’t light up.
To ensure there are no short circuits, you will need to make
sure that the dough isn’t touching. For this, you can simply separate the salty
pieces of dough by a large blob of sugary dough – in doing this, the different
types can be sandwiched together without causing a short. Experiment with your
children to form different designs with the dough, and try using multiple LEDs to
create colorful creations!
If you would like to experiment with another project that
puts the electricity in your hands, bring home to your child the DJ Rock Speaker Dock. This fun and educational toy is a speaker dock that can play
iPods and most MP3 players, but it comes with an exciting twist – your child
gets to build it themselves! It comes with a circuit board, a set of speakers,
an LED, an ON/OFF switch, and instructions that will guide your child through
each step of the building process. This great toy combines the fun of music
with the excitement of exploring cool science at your fingertips. Electricity for
kids never looked so cool!
Turn On the
Electricity for Kids
The end of the summer is the perfect time to start and
finish a cool science project with your children. Make your own setup, or bring
home one of the great toys to learn all about electricity for kids and have fun
as a family.