Squishy Circuits in Kindergarten

Today I was doing a workshop with the kids in my daughters kindergarten. It is a Montessori Kindergarten and they have an experiments day where they learn about physics by trying things out. So I told them about Squishy Circuits and asked if there is interest in trying that with the kids and soon enough I was asked if I could just do that. And that’s how i ended up doing a workshop with them – building an electric circuit.

I was impressed on how the children instantly understood and were able to fully reproduce what I showed them, some already trying out own ‘circuit designs’. But what I really  enjoyed was the overwhelming happiness the kids showed about their experiments and how happy they got once the LEDs started to lighten up.

There were pictures taken but I need to clear with the kids parents first if it is OK to post them, until then here some shots of the tools i brought.

A box with LEDs:

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A windmill with a solar motor that runs with low current/low voltage

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A piezo buzzer. That one was the kids favourite  🙂

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A bunch of motors. Unfortunately they do not work for squishy circuits as they require too much voltage.

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Cables with switches.

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Cables

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More cables 🙂

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A battery box for three AA batteries

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One box per child

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The most important part – the dough. The green one is insulating while the yellow one is conductive.

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a test circuit to see if everything works as expected. The LEDs which are less bright are purple and pink ones, they are not low current LEDs which is clearly visible 😉

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testing the windmill

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Squishy Circuits in Kindergarten

LEDs for the Kindergarten

I was asked by the kindergarten my kids go to if I could spare some LEDs for experiments and after thinking about how they want to use them with 9V Batteries I added a small resistor to each LED, added two pins for connections, stuffed the whole thing into a plastic tube that was cut to the right length and injected hot glue into it. After letting it cool I removed the glue not inside the tube and had small LEDs that will work with voltages from 3V to 12V:20150304_009

I did that for several colorful ones as well:20150304_003

Next will be some sticker on them indicating anode and cathode so they can be connected correctly and some cables to create a first electric circuit.

LEDs for the Kindergarten