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DIY Electro Dough Kit

DIY Electro Dough Kit

Spring 2016 Toys
Ages: 4 & Up
Price: $27.00

What could a kid love more than playing with dough? Playing with dough that lights up and makes noise, of course! The DIY Electro Dough Kit by Technology Will Save Us contains a recipe and instructions to make conductive dough as well as a cookie cutters, a variety of LED lights, wires, and a battery pack.

The purposefully minimal manual explains important electrical concepts and vocabulary such as molecules, free electrons, LEDs, polarity, circuits, and so forth. It also gives basic instructions and diagrams on how to wire the components to light LEDs, create a buzzer, button, and even a tilt switch. Once children have mastered the basics, the website provides a variety of extension activities such as an Operation-style game or even a soccer game complete with score buzzer. Because the play is entirely open-ended, the components reusable, and the amount of dough parents and caregivers can create is endless, the kit has excellent long-term play and learning values.

The kit is an engaging, hands-on way to teach children the basics of electricity while encouraging imagination, creativity, and experimentation.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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