Electricity and circuits are great fun for children ( and teachers and parents ) to learn about. This collection of electricity science projects and experiments are all easy to try and very satisfying. Watching a bulb or an LED light up because a circuit works always seems very rewarding and the bonus is you can be as creative as you like! Make houses, torches, robots and so much more. The creative opportunities with this kind of STEM project are endless!!
These electricity experiments use only a battery so are safe if supervised by an adult. Remember mains electricity is very dangerous.
Please supervise children with these activities at all times.
Quick electricity and circuit refresher
Electric current is the flow of charge around a circuit, it can only flow if the circuit is complete.
A battery acts like a pump, pushing the electric charge around the circuit. We call this force voltage. The higher the voltage the more current flows.
You can increase voltage by using multiple batteries or higher voltage batteries.
Which materials conduct electricity?
Metals conduct electricity as they allow electrons to pass through them. Electrical charge is a flow of electrons ( negatively charged particles ).
The opposite of a conductor is an insulator. Insulators don’t allow electric charge to pass through them. Plastic, wood and glass are examples of insulators.
What conducts electricity other than metals?
Sea water or a homemade salt solution. Teach Engineering has instructions for a great salt water battery.
Graphite – see our graphite circuit below.
Easy Electricity Projects for Kids
Do you have any more electricity project ideas for us to try?