Ever since watching Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs (1 and 2), Omi has wanted to be a Scientist. He’s only four years old, but is already very interested in lots of things like what’s inside of his body, what makes a plant grow – and even electricity. As you can imagine, he was delighted when a DIY electro dough kit from Technology will Save Us arrived on our doorstep to play with. I have to say, I was a little hesitant – it’s been a little while since I took my GSCE in physics! However, the kit couldn’t have been easier and better set up for young children (and under confident parents) to get started with.
The DIY kit contains everything you will need to bring homemade salt dough, or playdoh to life – using electric currents to create light and sound. This kit helps to teach children how electricity flows through a circuit using electronic components.
If you have the time, you can make your own salt dough at home. You will need a saucepan, water, flour, salt, lemon juice, vegetable oil, cream of tartar and food colouring. The full list of ingredients and the method is drawn out on the kit’s box. We went down the easy route and bought in a few tubs of playdoh. Either work for the kit and I imagine if you children are a little older and you have plenty of time, they will love making the dough too.
The DIY electro dough kit contains; a user manual, dough cutters, a battery pack, crocodile clips, a buzzer, LED lights and input wires. Extra bits you will need to pick up are; dough ingredients or playdoh and 4 x AA batteries. Technology Will Save Us has several videos and tutorials online to help you get started – from making your dough to creating circuits and exploring how and why it is the salt in the dough that conducts the electricity. You can check them all out, here.
Even for a four year old, who may not fully understand the nature of conductivity or circuits – Omi absolutely loved using the dough kit, with our help. We explained each step and demonstrated how removing the crocodile clips from the salt dough would disconnect the circuit we had made and turn off the lights, or stop the buzzer. It really was fascinating to see the children engaged in this type of play, and electro dough has certainly added a new level to our playdoh sessions!
If you are ready to engage your little ones in some making and inventing, then I seriously recommend checking out Technology Will Save Us. From electro dough to DIY synths, to monitoring thirsty plants and creating a portable speaker at home – TWSU has several kits for children of all ages available to buy at their online store. There are also plenty of online resources available. Each kit has a selection of great videos via the TWSU website to get you started and guide you and your children through playing with and deeper discovering what each kit can do. You can find all the online resources here.
We had so much fun playing – thank you Technology Will Save Us! Ps) You get 10% off your first order!