Electric Play Dough
- Understand the difference between conducting and insulating materials
- Demonstrate how to build a closed circuit while avoiding short or open circuits
- Understand how a circuit can convert electrical energy into light energy
OverviewIf you love doing arts and crafts with your students, this lesson plan is for you! Teach them about energy, electricity, and circuits as they build light-up sculptures, using something they are all familiar with—play dough! Clear step-by-step instructions are provided and no previous experience with circuits is required.
NGSS AlignmentThis lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
This lesson plan was inspired by the Squishy Circuits project, developed by Dr. AnnMarie Thomas at the University of St. Thomas.
For each group of students you will need:
You will also need to gather these items:
Optional: instead of using store-bought Play-Doh and modeling clay, you can make your own conductive dough (replaces Play-Doh) and insulating dough (replaces modeling clay). See Electric Play Dough Recipes for materials and directions for making your own dough.
Area of Science
Electricity, energy, circuit, conductor, insulator