Create a graphite Circuit drawing that lights up an led with no wires

Hey Electricity Explorers!

We’ve made it through a week of electricity and it has been some zapptastic fun! I think my favorite was seeing the sculptures you made, so creative!

Today, we’re taking our understanding of circuits and wires and getting rid of the wires. Yep, no wires! We’ll be using our handy pencils instead to create graphite circuit drawings. 

And for those of you who’ve heard the pencil is mightier than the sword, that’s especially true when you’re sending electricity through it!

Can’t wait to see what you draw!

Dr. Erica and Evan

 Links: Livestream

Parent Takeaway – Lines need to be very solid so make sure to sketch it out lightly first to get the right shape. Erasing and fixing is kind of hard once you go dark. It’s also easy to do lots of these though so encourage many repetitions.

Friday: Graphite Circuit drawings (Paper Circuits)

Activity: Make a circuit without copper tape…or wires.

Discover a clever way to make your drawings truly stand out!


  • Pencil (graphite #2 lead is preferable)
  • LEDs (single color is easiest)
  • Scotch tape
  • 9V battery

Next Week – We’re playing with magnets!!! Woohoooooo!!

Make sure to get some iron filings, the slime activity is SUPER cool

And thank you for supporting kids science, you’re the best