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Playdough activity ideas for children and adults Playdough birthday cake activity using light up LED 'candles'! Role play candle blowing, sing happy birthday and decorate children's playdugh cakes in activities that introduce electricity and circuits. Use 10mm LEDs, a battery pack + safety label, terminals, the information on conductive playdough and safety advice on squishy-circuits to enjoy controlled illumination!

Playdough birthday cake activity

Build and decorate your playdough cake on a laminated plate printable and have a cake core ready to act as an insulator - we used a selection of clear plastic bottle lids, filled with playdough as a cake core so that the electric current was directed from the batteries into one section of dough, up through one LED lead, down the other and back into the dough, returning to the battery pack to complete the light powering circuit.

To celebrate the candles being blown out, quickly remove a terminal from the dough at the moment of puff.  Once understood pass on the control of this action to the children so they're able to break and restablish a working circuit.

Conductive playdough birthday cake activity with light up LED candles

Buy candle holders on
Buy a battery pack on
Buy laminators and pouches on
Resources needed for this playdough activity
Links are to

For play and collage

Use 10mm LEDs, a battery pack and terminals to light up the cake - links on conductive playdough

A quantity of playdough - handmade dough recipe

 Selection of candle holders and signs to decorate the dough

Birthday cake plate - mat printable

Playdough birthday cake mat printable
Placing the negative terminal in the cake core and completing an electrical circuit  

10mm LED light diodes on
Buy plastic cups to insert into the playdough on



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