Instead of having kids glued to hand-held devices this summer, why not have them make their own? A homemade, single-player, steady hand game is a fun, easy project for elementary-aged kids that teaches them a little bit about electricity. To play the game, kids try to follow a curved wire path with a metal loop. The object of the game is to not let the two metal wires touch. If they do, they will complete the circuit, and an LED will light up. (To make this game a little more like the game, Operation, you could replace the LED with a buzzer instead.)
For the full, picture tutorial on how to assemble this game, check out my guest post on 123Homeschool4Me. Sadly, this will be my last post as the site’s science contributor as, happily, our family welcomed our fourth child (a sweet, healthy baby boy) earlier this month. If you’re looking for more fun, science-y projects to do with your kids this summer, be sure to check out all of my 123Homeschool4Me posts as well as the many science and engineering posts on this site.
Click here for more Electrical Engineering activities for kids.