Play dough was always a classic favorite during activity time for many of us growing up. There was nothing else like it for letting your imagination run wild. Thanks to the company Tech Will Save Us we can now share that fun and excitement with our kids with an educational new twist. The Dough Universe kits (currently on Kickstarter) come with a special conductive dough that teaches kids how to create basic circuits with lights, sounds and movement.
The new toy is geared towards kids between the ages of four and seven and is made up of three different kits you can choose from to let the clay creations come to life. Each kit also comes with cookie cutters, a controller that gets the juice flowing, and an iOS and Android app full of instructions, ideas, stories and games.
With the Squishy Sounds Kit, kids can make their own drums and pianos that produce different sounds based on how thick the clay is. Kids hook the dough up to each leg of the controller, and then hit it with a “sound helper” on a cord. Three different sound modes create buzzes and beeps.
The Bright Creatures Kit is all about lights, with recipes for making dragons with fire-breath that lights up, snakes with flashy scales or glowing penguins. Then there is the Electro Machines Kit that comes with a device that spins when connected to power, allowing kids to make cars, robots, helicopters and what the team calls a “High Five Machine.”
Dough Universe sets get kids interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, which are among the fastest-growing jobs in the world.
With 27 days left in its campaign, Dough Universe still has a ways to go to meet its fundraising goal of $50,000. You can get in on the super early bird action with a pledge of $40. That’s the lowest possible price at 20% off retail. Only a limited amount is available and the kit includes 3 electro dough pots, controller and access to the free app. You’ll also receive the Humanoid 3000 ebook and get your name in the app credits. If you pledge $100, you can get all three kits at the lowest possible price.
If all goes to plan, your kids can get creating with this conductive play dough in November of this year.