Dough Circuits Pre-School STEM Activity

Early Years STEM Activity:
Inspired by Squishy Circuits website we decided to play around with dough and the simplest equipment: Dough (shop bought play-doh or homemade salt dough), LEDs (from your local electronics shop or some old Christmas tree lights) and 9V batteries. If you have some crocodile clips it helps but it’s not essential!

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Here is a circuit with out crocodile clips! To get your LEDs to light you need two separate pieces of dough connected to the two terminals on the battery and the LEDs have to connect the two pieces of dough to complete the circuit. LEDs only allow current to flow in one direction, so if they don’t light turn them around!

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Avoiding problems:
Don’t test the LEDs by touching them on the batteries directly as this will damage them! We tried AA batteries but the current was too small. We also tried Christmas tree bulbs, but the current was too small to light them (LEDs need much less current).
Now add curious toddlers and parents!

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Dough play with a new twist! Could this be used to get daddies involved in dough play?

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Decorating Twig Trees

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It’s a wonderful feeling to look around and see so many toddlers genuinely engaged in an activity. Toddlers really don’t care about your feelings. If its not interesting, they simply wont engage in it! However, if they are playing they are learning!

This fine motor skills activity popped into my head when collecting leaves with my husband and children in the park at the weekend. I raided the garage and toy box for anything that could be threaded on to the twigs to make little decorated trees. I stood the twigs in pots of playdough. To my delight it was a hit! This demands a delicate touch and dexterity. The concentration in their faces can be seen in some of the pictures below and makes me smile every time I look at them!

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Sand Dough!

What happens when you add a couple of cups of sand to salt dough?

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You get a lovely gritty beach dough! Great for moulding and making shell impressions!

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Ginger Playdough

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This weeks Tiny Adventure playdough is ginger scented. We have used one of my favourite playdough recipes if from CBeebies. It’s an easy no cook recipe that you can add what ever you like to. We added chopped tinsel and ground Ginger for our playdough kitchen activity.

Sawdust Clay

Here is the Sawdust Clay recipe we used this week from Home Made Clay Recipes Http://clayrecipe.net/sawdust-clay-recipe/ . It air drys hard and produces very nice ornaments.

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Strawberry Whip and Marshmallow Play Dough- Pat-a-cake Play Time

This stuff smells amazing! Three cups of plain flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup ish of water, 2 tea spoons of oil, 2 table spoons of cornflour and 2 packets of cheep own brand strawberry whip (+glitter and mini marshmallows) Mmmmmmm!

Reenact the Pat-a-cake nursery rhyme!

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Owl Ice Cream Play Dough (from the Gruffalo)

We made this Owl Ice Cream play dough by using a traditional play dough recipe from playdoughrecipe.com and adding glitter, feathers from an old pillow, plastic eyes and foam beaks! We also made cones out of yellow craft foam. Great for a gruffalo themed party!

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See our Gruffalo Crumble Moon Sand recipe!

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