Electricity and Circuits Unit

I have updated our Electricity and Circuits Unit, adding in new worksheets and quite a number of new hands-on activity ideas!

This is such a fun unit because the kids can build so many different projects!

Electricity Unit

In the first part of this unit we went over

  • The parts of an atom
  • Electric currents
  • Conductors and insulators
  • Parts of a light bulb
  • Batteries

We then spent several days, making various circuits! There are a half-dozen activity ideas (with photos) included in the packet.

One of the first activities we did was a graphing activities. ED had to test all the mini-LED lights and graph them by color.

LED light activity - Electricity and Circuits UnitThen she went on to try building more complicated circuits.

In addition to the mini-LED lights and lithium coin batteries, you can use all kinds of materials from copper tape (1 roll is plenty for a family) to alligator clips and conductive thread! (affiliate links)

Electricity and Circuits Hands On Activity IdeasThe Electricity & Circuits Packet also covers these topics:

  • Volts, amps, ohms
  • Electrical circuits: Power source, load, conductor
  • Simple Circuits
  • Direct and Alternating Current (DC and AC)
  • Resistance, Resistors and How they work.
  • Anode, cathode
  • Electrical Symbols
  • Open and closed circuits
  • Short circuits

Squishy Circuits

The kids had a lot of fun when we talked about conductors & insulators because we made our own conductive and insulating play dough!

Here’s ED’s Squishy Circuit… an Anglerfish!

Squishy Circuits Anglerfish

I added in a new worksheet and sorting cards on conductors & insulators. (See pictures below.)

Plus, I included various activity ideas as well as the recipes for making your own conductive and insulating dough. You can use commercial Play-doh (for the conductive dough).

Be sure to purchase a 3 or 4-battery holder or a 9-volt clip so there’s enough power for your bulbs to glow well! This set has 1- , 2- , 3- and 4-battery holders at a good price. (affiliate links)

Conductors and Insulators Squishy Circuits ActivityConductor - Insulator Sorting Cards

Conductors and Insulators Activities Sorting CardsThis was a squishy circuit ED and her friend made together! Pretty, right?!Squishy Circuit Flower

Art Bot:

This is another really fun hands-on activity! This packet includes  instructions on how to make an art bot or visit this post. That’s super fun!

how to make an art botYou’ll need to purchase a mini-motor, but you might consider getting this mini-motor kit because it comes with accessories like switches and propellers and it isn’t that much more than purchasing the mini-motors on their own. (affiliate link)

As I said above, this set has 1- , 2- , 3- and 4-battery holders at a good price. (affiliate link)

Here are some other pictures from this unit: electricity-circuits-symbols-schematic  hands on electricity activities

Electricity and Circuits WorksheetsNote: If you purchased this packet or the Chemistry BUNDLE previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the update (which will have your download link) or contact me and I’ll get that for you! ~Liesl

The Electricty & Circuits Packet is now close to 50-pages. It is also included in our Chemistry BUNDLE.

Electricity and Circuits STEM Unit

$5.99

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Electricity Unit

Remember, the Electricity & Circuits Unit is included in the Chemistry BUNDLE.

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Chemistry BUNDLE

Disclosure: Please note that some of the links in this post and in the packet above are affiliate links, and at no additional cost to you, I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase.

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