3 Easy DIY Circuits For Kids That Make For Fun Gifts!

3 Easy DIY Circuits For Kids That Make For Fun Gifts!

When we think of electricity, we visualise light bulbs lighting up or lightning bolts coming down the air – but there are more applications than that which allows kids to learn more in a safe and fun way!

Enter the world DIY-Circuits! Remember the times in primary school that we were introduced into the circuits whereby connecting the right wires, batteries, bulbs and resistors will make the entire board light up? 

It’s time to bring the fun to our kids in the comfort and safety at home to not only teach them about circuits and electricity but also craft meaningful gifts for the whole family.

In this article, we will take you through 5 simple DIY gifts you and your children can make – powered by the science of circuits!

But before we introduce the different gifts you can make, here is a quick reminder lesson on how to set up a simple circuit for your light-up cards!

Setting Up A Simple Circuit

A standard circuit will have 3 basic parts: A battery, a copper tape and an LED

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4 Simple Steps:

– Prepare your copper tape or electric paint

– Attach your LED (light-emitting diode)

– Add the battery

– Connect and complete the circuit

Step 1: Prepare your copper tape or electric paint

Take a piece of paper or card and place your copper tape so that it follows the lines in the circuit. When you come to the edges, you can either fold the tape or add another layer in the other direction.

If you prefer, you can also choose to use electric paint which works just as good!

Step 2: Attach Your LED

Take your LED and spread its legs so that they are sticking out to the left and right sides. Lay it down on the card on top of the copper tape. You can secure them in place with yet another piece of copper tape or clear tape.

Step 3: Add The Battery

The most common type of battery that is suitable is the 3V CR2302 coin cell battery. Place the battery’s negative side (-) down touching the copper tape.

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Step 4: Connect and Complete The circuit

Next, fold the corner of the paper so that the tape will touch the battery – completing the circuit and lighting up the LED!

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Using these basics, here are 3 ideas you can adopt to create the perfect DIY circuit gifts for your friends and loved ones.

1. Teacher’s Day Card

What better way to show appreciation to your teacher than by making them a teacher’s day card that lights up?

What you will need:

Need a detailed guide? Check out this resource here for a beautiful flower circuit card you can make for your dear teacher!

With many variations of teacher’s day card in the market, you can also buy a pre-made card and create a circuit on the back of the card with the LED bulbs exposed on parts of the card you would like to light up!

Just remember to hide the circuit itself on the back with cardstock.

2. Holiday Gift Tags

Always loved the holidays where beautiful lights are up on display, enchanting everyone who sees them? 

Now you can add the same cheer and bright touch to your holiday and birthday gift tags through the power of circuits!

What you will need:

  • Holiday / Birthday Cards
  • CR2302 coin cell batteries
  • Double-sided tape
  • Green, red, silver, blue foil tape (depending on the occasion)
  • Gift Ribbons
  • Printable Teacher’s Day Card

Need a detailed guide? Check out this resource here!

This is one of the easiest and most thoughtful circuits kids can do for birthday parties to add a more sincere touch while having fun!

3. Valentines Day LED Card

Roses are red, violets are blue and a V-day LED card will show that your love is true!

Have that special someone in your life that you are want to show your love for? It’s time to brighten up their lives with a DIY circuit card that will put a smile on their face!

What you will need:

  • Cardstock
  • Conductive electric paint (pen)
  • CR2302 coin cell batteries or pin contact cell batteries
  • 5 mm LED Bulbs
  • Glue stick or double-sided tape
  • Scissors
  • Printable Teacher’s Day Card

The trick here is to use the electric pain to trace a nice heart-shaped circuit – instead of unsightly copper wire!

Need a detailed guide? Check out this resource here!

As always, adult supervision is needed while making these circuits to ensure your kids are on the right track and to stay safe!

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