Common questions about paper circuits

What are circuits made of?Circuits have a few main components, batteries to provide power, wires (or in our projects copper tape) to act as a roadway for electrons, and a switch to control the flow of electrons. Why do paper circuits need copper tape?All circuits need a highway for the electrons …

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Learning colors while learning circuits | RGB in action

What you’ll learn:How to mix colors using red, green, and blue, or RGB. You’ll also learn how to make a paper circuit with simple switches.Key takeaways:The amount of voltage (or energy) going through each leg of an RGB LED determines its final color. Jump to supply list This is a …

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DIY 3D Cards: LED Pop Up Hearts

popup card template LED 3D cards heart

What you’ll learn:How to create 3D cards from a pop up card template, and basic paper circuits.Key takeaways:2D cards can turn into 3D cards with a little cutting and folding. You can make circuits with a few simple ingredients: copper tape, LEDs, and a battery. Jump to supply list DIY …

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DIY Conductive Paint Recipe

learn how to make conductive paint with a simple diy conductive paint recipe

DIY Conductive Paint Recipe (aka electric glue) Learn how to make conductive paint or electric glue! This cheap homemade electric glue recipe uses two ingredients and is perfect for paper circuits! You can use it to improve your copper tape circuits or to see if you can make a circuit …

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Learning Paper Circuits: DIY Light-up Cards

Simple circuit LED card light up cards and paper circuits

What you’ll learn:How to create a simple light-up card using paper circuits.Key takeaways:Circuits conatin a battery (power source), wires (copper tape), and, in some cases, LEDs, switches, lights, motors, speakers and more! Jump to supply list Light up cards add a little extra oomph to gift giving.Cards are probably my …

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Luke Skywalker Lightsaber: A Fun DIY Simple Circuits Project

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber for kids

StarWars: The Last Jedi is about to come out in theaters, which means nothing will motivate science quite like a good ol’ StarWars theme. If you are working on learning about simple circuits, why not make a Luke Skywalker DIY Lightsaber to play with and bring to the show? Kids will …

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Simple Electronics Projects: Light Up Animals

simple electronics projects light up animals

Looking for fun, educational, and creative simple electronics projects for your family to enjoy? We have just the ticket in this art project turned ornament that also teaches a bit about circuits. In this project, you will make a simple circuit that has a creative switch. When the clothespin is open …

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DIY LED Paper Airplane

At our circuits camp we worked hard on making light up paper airplanes. This challenged students to think about the direction of an LED, how to wire each leg into a battery and then, of course, how to fold it all up into a plane! It took a bit over …

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Homemade DIY Light Saber

Luke Skywalker Lightsaber for kids

The other night I was working on putting together an addon activity where kids could make their won flashlight. I was out of toilet paper rolls and figured popsicle sticks would work, at least for a prototype. As I wired it up with copper tape and added in a Dixie …

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