Springtime… It means fun things like flowers and bugs and Mother’s Day. It also means cool flower-themed projects around here. Like this Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card. You can bring STEM learning into a cool creative project by building this card. It also means it’s time to book some camps for the kids, so I’ve partnered with iD Tech Camps to bring you this awesome circuit card tutorial.
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FREE! LIGHT UP & POP UP
FLOWER CIRCUIT CARD
- White cardstock
- 1/4″ copper tape
- CR 2032 coin cell battery
- 5 mm LED bulb
- Double-sided tape or glue stick
- Light Up & Pop Up Flower Circuit Card Printable
SAFETY NOTE: As with all LBCB projects, parental supervision is recommended. Please keep coin cell batteries away from children who put non-food items in their mouths. These batteries are very dangerous if swallowed.
Make Your Light Up Pop Flower Circuit Card
- Print out the card template onto white cardstock.
- Cut out flowers, pot, and STEM.
- Make the flowers:
- Fold flower in half, leaving one petal uncovered.
- Continue to fold the flower along the petal lines so it looks like you only have one petal.
- Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, stick one edge petal to the other petal to close the flower.
- Repeat with other flowers.
- Connect the flowers:
- Fold each of the flowers in half. Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, stick the right-most petal of flower #2 to the left-most petal of flower #1.
- Stick the right-most petal of flower #3 to the left-most petal of flower #2.
- Open flowers. They should look like this. If not, check that you’ve taped in the right spots.
- Insert your LED into the center hole of the right-hand flower.
- Set up the card:
- Grab another piece of white card stock and fold it in half.
- Grab the pot and fold it in half and fold the flaps to the back of the pot. Line up the center fold of the pot with the center fold of the card. Tape the left flap of the pot to the paper with double-sided tape.
- Place the flower trio at the top of the card so that it fits inside when you close it.
- Build the circuit
- Bend the leads on the underside of the flower so that they can lay flat against the paper.
- Tape the right-hand LED lead with copper tape so that it secures the lead to the paper and travels down to the lower half of the pot.
- Tape the left-hand LED lead with copper tape so that it secures the lead to the paper and travels down to the left side of the back of the pot. Make a turn (making sure the copper tape stays continuous), and stick the battery to the copper tape on the back of the pot.
- Close the pot onto the right side of the card and test the circuit by pressing on the battery.
- Finish the card:
- Once you’re sure the circuit works, cover the copper tape with the green stem pieces. Make sure that the pieces only go far enough into the pot so that the ends don’t show but the battery connection isn’t blocked.
- Tape the right flap of the pot to the card.
- Tape two petals of the flower, one on the right and one on the left to the card.
- Give to your favorite person with love!
If the LED doesn’t turn on, try flipping the battery over. Also, make sure that the copper tape is continuous from each lead of the LED to the battery and is securely connected to the leads.
Perfect for Mother’s Day!
More STEAM Fun for Families
Looking for some more STEAM inspiration that you can use right now? Instant gratification style? Check out STEAM Explorers!! The coolest new creative experience for kids is here! Think digital magazine meets online project portal in a safe, kid-friendly environment. (No more worrying about what might be hidden in that YouTube vid!) All engineer, teacher, and mom approved. And most definitely KID APPROVED!
- A monthly digital magazine with cool themes that's fun to read
- Hands-on, exciting projects the kids will love.
- Science, tech, engineering, art, and math learning YOU’LL love.
- Delicious recipes the kids can make.
- Fun printables and games
And get ready to play this month with the brand new STEAM Explorers Toys Issue! You’re never too old to play with toys, especially the ones you make!
This month we’re exploring all types of playful things through hands-on science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
- Craft the hottest toy of the moment, the Simple Dimple.
- Discover the power of magnets and tinkering with a Magnetic Motion Toy Lab.
- Upcycle an old sock and learn valuable life skills while sewing a sweet Sock Beanie Stuffie.
- Make a Magic Fortune Teller and recreate a favorite toy filled with hidden math learning.
- Have fun pulling and playing with Homemade Taffy while you learn all about sugar science.
- Play the science of sound with a Thumb Piano.
- Plus the kids can play and create with their food, build their own building kit complete with challenge cards, string up a monster puppet, and more!
All packed up in an easy-to-do package, ready for kids ages 6-12 to have fun.
FREE! LIGHT UP & POP UP
FLOWER CIRCUIT CARD