'Squishy Circuits' Explains Electric Circuits Using Play Dough

By: Riley von Niessen - May 10, 2016
References: SquishyCircuits & kickstarter
'Squishy Circuits' looks to educate children about electric circuits in an entertaining and creative way -- using play dough. With the endorsements of parents and teachers alike, the brand has already garnered the funding needed through its Kickstarter to manufacture the product and ship to consumers. The product is offered in a variety of versions, with favorites including the 'Squishy Circuits Lite Kit,' 'Standard Kit,' 'Deluxe Kit' and more.

Although modeled for children, 'Squishy Circuits' is an educational tool for anyone looking to learn about electric circuits, with users as young as 3 able to use the device. By using two different types of play dough -- one conductive and one insulative -- this toy relies on the power supplied by a connected battery. The battery causes electricity to flow through the circuit and gives power to LEDs, fans, buzzers, and tiny motors. The electric circuits are easy to make and can become more advanced as users gain more knowledge about how they work.