Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Electric Dough Playdate, a fun way for kids to experiment with circuits

Watch more with these video collections:

From PBS’ Adventures in Learning, Jennifer Cooper hosts an Electric Dough playdate to make and test circuits.

For this project, developed by engineering educator AnnMarie Thomas, you’ll need homemade conductive play dough and insulating play dough, a battery pack, batteries (we highly recommend these rechargeables), and light emitting diodes/LEDS.

Click here for the how-to at PBS.org.

playdough with LED
LED circuit
Related watching: A TED Talk on squishy circuits by AnneMarie Thomas.

Related hands-on projects: LED Origami and Sick Science! Build a Lightbulb. Bonus: Circuit Playground’s A is for Ampere.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Wrecking Crew Orchestra and their glowing dance costumes

Rion Nakaya

Why are electric cars the future?

Rion Nakaya

Use a 9-volt battery to break water into its elemental components

Rion Nakaya

Ultra Fast Robots Pick & Place Batteries to Form Group Patterns

Rion Nakaya

The surprisingly long history of electric cars

Rion Nakaya

The Soccket, an energy-generating soccer ball that turns into a lamp

Rion Nakaya

The Science Behind String Telephones

Rion Nakaya

The Color Changing Milk Experiment

Rion Nakaya

The AgIC marker draws circuits with conductive ink

Rion Nakaya