Make Electric Dough

Learn how to make dough that conducts electricity and get creative with squidgy circuits.


things you will need

  • 100g of flour
  • 25g of salt
  • 100ml of water
  • 3 tbsp of cream of tartar (or 9 tbsp of lemon juice)
  • 1 tbsp of vegetable oil
  • Food colouring
  • 1 x mixing bowl
  • 1 x non-stick pan
  • 1 x spoon

Top Tips

  • We find ‘Wilton Color Right‘ food colouring the best for making brightly coloured dough.
  • Don’t leave the dough on the stove for long – it will burn and go a yucky brown.
  • Store the dough in a sealed container, so that you can use it again and again (think weeks though not years!).

Mix the salt solution

Add the salt and water to a mixing bowl and stir until the salt starts to dissolve.


Add the remaining ingredients

Stir in the flour, cream of tartar (or lemon juice), vegetable oil, and food colouring.


Heat the mixture

Empty the mixture into a pan and stir continuously on a medium heat. Lumps will begin to appear as the mixture thickens.


Keep stirring

Continue stirring on a medium heat until the mixture forms into a ‘play dough’ like ball.


Take off the heat

Tip the dough out onto a clean, dry surface and leave to cool.

Lightly dust the surface with flour if you have some extra.


Knead the dough

Knead the dough until it is smooth and a consistency that you like.


Make a squidgy circuit​

Your dough is now ready to use. Let’s see what you can make….

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