I wanted to encourage kids to think about reusing materials from everyday objects so I collected Amazon boxes to serve as the backing. The flaps and sides of the boxes were cut out and refinished with calligraphy paper to provide a clean surface for kids to work off of.
The next challenge was thinking about how to integrate circuitry. Inspired by the paper circuit projects, I created a circuit using LED lightbulb, copper wires and a coin battery. The LED lightbulb would become the centerpiece of the canvas to challenge kids to integrate it into their creation. The miniature paper box would serve as a functional piece to teach kids about controlling the light's on and off state through inserting and removing the lid between battery and wire. Kids would also be encouraged to incorporate it into their art to further extend their imagination.
Since I didn't know who would show up for the session, I had to create an alternative canvas for kids under 5 years old. Instead of a LED light bulb, they'd be working with a paper ball made of Ikea catalog page as their starting point. This turned out to be an interesting technique that the older kids wanted to incorporate as well.
The pieces that I tinkered with became samples and inspiration for the kids:
When it was time for the workshop, kids first learned about how a circuit works and what is needed to light up the LED using sample battery pack. They would then proceed with a challenge to create their circuit art using just a few pieces of materials: a black pen, a piece of yarn, a paper straw and a popsicle stick.
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