We are at that point in the school year where I am cleaning out the curriculum closet to make room for the new stuff. I’m basically going through everything to see what I still want the girls to finish, what we never used and can sell/trash, and I’m even finding treasures that I had forgotten about.
One of those was the DIY Electro Dough Kit from techwillsaveus.com I had ordered this at the beginning of last year in our Timberdoodle kit with the idea that the girls could do it with dad (he worked as an apprentice electrician for a number of years and his dad is an electrician). The major problem with that plan? I’m not sure I ever told dad about it or I might have mentioned it briefly but then stuck it in the curriculum closet where he never goes! And here I was, wondering why he never did it with them….whoops!
We finally took it out today and played with it. We had a ton of fun but the kit is seriously lacking in instruction/explanation. The kit has the dough recipe and some brief examples of easy circuits you can make to get started. No explanation of what the parts are or WHY it works so it helped that we had an electrician making with us, lol. You can go to their website for more advanced projects and the manual which goes more in depth in the terminology and the WHYs. So it really depends on your own personal knowledge of electricity and circuits as to whether or not you would need the manual—I need it to help me explain why/how you can turn the lights and buzzer on with play dough but dad didn’t need it.
The thing that I really love about this kit is that we can keep it and do this again as much as we like. At their ages, the girls LOVED the novelty of getting the lights to turn on using play dough but they weren’t totally interested in the concepts behind it. But as their curiosity grows or if they have a unit on electricity in their next science course, we can pull it back out, make a new batch of dough, and keep playing and learning!
So for now, this will get put back into the curriculum closet and hopefully not forgotten about this time…