After receiving Snap Circuits as a gift, my oldest has been very interested in electronics, where electricity comes from, and how it all works. We are learning side-by-side on this one! Read on for a slew of educational resources we’ve used to investigate electricity.
Elementary Introduction to Electricity and Circuits
STEM Resources and Activities
appropriate for K-3rd Grade
DK Eyewitness Books Electricity by Steve Parker
It seems that DK has a book for every topic we study. We don’t read these cover-to-cover. Instead the kids look through and point out images or titles that catch their interest.
Electricity by Janice VanCleave
VanCleave’s books are phenomenal. These could stand alone as a hands-on course in science or math. Each volume contains a wide variety of experiements with easy-to-follow instructions and simple illustrations. Perfect for side-by-side learning.
Check out my Kids Electricity Playlist on YouTube or stream it below. Engaging and short shows, songs, and stories all about electricity, circuits, and the lightbulb! Run Time: 42 Minutes (see the playlist here to choose clips)
A Disney Short: Ben and Me on YouTube
Magic School Bus Gets Charged, Season 4, Episode 9
Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Electricity (Available on DVD)
Since receiving Snap Circuits as a gift, my Kindergartner has been obsessed with building all types of light up, noise making, complicated circuits. This educational toy really inspired him to learn about how electricity and circuits work and where power comes from.
This favorite toy is available on Amazon in many different packages from a very simple and inexpensive kit to packages with a variety of power sources. I would highly recommend these for any child interested in science.
Homeschool Share has put together twenty one pages of printables and foldables to create a lapbook based on electricity and circuits. This is on my list for the summer when we are homeschool “lite” or possible between units next time. We love creating lapbooks. One place to put together all the material we’ve been learning. Download the printables free here.