Squishy Circuits

*WARNING! To avoid burning out the LEDs, do not attach LED lights directly to battery!
Included Materials
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1 Play-doh
4 LEDS
1 battery
2 Alligator clips
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Start Here!

1.

Begin with two lumps of the Play-Doh. Attach one alligator clip to the positive side of the battery, and plug the other end of the same alligator clip into a lump of Play-Doh.

Repeat with another alligator clip and a different lump of Play-Doh on the negative end of the battery. Bridge the gap with an LED (Light Emitting Diode).

Does the LED light up? 

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2.

Next, pull one of the LED legs out of the dough.

Does the LED light up?

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3.

Put the LED leg back in, so your LED is on. Now, push the two pieces of conductive dough together so they touch.

Does the LED light up?

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4.

How can you add another LED to the circuit? Try placing another LED parallel to the original one.

Remember to make sure the two lumps of Play-Doh from step 3 are not touching!

 

 

Does the LED light up?

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5.

Create a circuit that includes two LEDs and Play-Doh similar to the model below. Remember that the longer LED leg must be attached to the positive side! Remember to make sure the two lumps of Play-Doh from step 3 are not touching!

If one LED is removed, does the other LED light up?

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Explore!

What else can you make with the dough, LEDs, battery, and wires?

Try and create an animal with glowing eyes or a car with LED lights!