What is Squishy Circuits?

Squishy Circuits uses conductive and insulating play dough to teach the basics of electrical circuits in a fun, hands-on way. There’s no need for breadboards or soldering – just add batteries and our pre-made doughs (or make your own dough with the provided recipes). Let your creations come to life as you light them up with LEDs, make noises with buzzers, and spin with the motor.

Who is Squishy Circuits For?

As AnnMarie Thomas, the creator of Squishy Circuits puts it, “When we started the Squishy Circuits project in 2009 my undergrad research students and I never dreamt that it would take off the way that it did. We’re delighted to know that there are Squishy Circuit builders young and old, around the world!”

Squishy Circuits has been used in classrooms, homes, libraries, and museums in all 50 states and over 20 countries. The stories and experiences we have heard are incredible, ranging from science fair exhibits to nursing home activities. Squishy Circuits has even been invited to the White House!

Squishy Circuits is truly for all ages – we have led events with 3 year old students who easily grasp the basics with just a little individual attention and workshops with adults. A quick online search for Squishy Circuits will show the popularity of Squishy Circuits and its reaches.

How Does it Work?

Squishy Circuits is very simple and is based on two play doughs – one that is conductive (electricity flows through it) and one that is insulative (does not allow electricity to flow through it).

Power is supplied by a 4AA battery pack and travels through the conductive dough to provide power to LEDs (Light Emitting Diodes), buzzers, or motors.

We are excited to have pre-made dough that you can purchase directly from our store, or you can make your own doughs with the provided recipes.