Let's make a paper circuit that describes our surroundings and activities.

Activity Resources


Materials Required

  • Cardboard papers
  • Aluminium foil (alternatives: copper tape, aluminium wires)
  • LEDs
  • 3V batteries
  • A pair of scissors
  • Adhesive tape
  • Glue

Age Groups

This activity is suitable or recommended for ages 10 years & up.

Facilitation Tips

  • Before introducing the activity, demonstrate 2-3 simple and complex paper circuits. Ask questions while showing:
    • What is a circuit and what can you do with it?
    • How does the circuit in the display will work, or the light in it will glow?
    • How many types of circuits have you seen around you?
    • Where have you seen a similar circuit like the one shown in the project?
    • Where else have you seen LEDs and batteries used in this circuit?
  • Introduce the activity using the activity guide in a PDF format, demo video, and voice note.  You could encourage participants to make something using a paper circuit that describes a surrounding or an activity. It could portray an event or festival students like, their favorite artifacts at home or in school they attend, etc.
  • Encourage participants to use the paper circuit shown in the video only as a reference and personalize their creations.
  • Explain the workflow briefly for a series and parallel circuit. Talk about everyday examples (e.g., house wiring, Diwali/Eid lights, etc.) where a series and a parallel circuit are in action.
  • Motivate participants to try complex iterations on their project and personalize it even further by sharing demo video 2 (of a paper circuit home). As a  follow-up, ask if they can relate the demo video's circuit to a one they have seen in their home.

Browse through the facilitator guide for tips and tricks to engage participants in maker activities in a virtual or physical learning space.

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Mihir Pathak, Learning Facilitator (Unstructured Studio)
Suchakra Sharma, Co-Designer (Unstructured Studio)
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