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EASY Steady Hand Game – Electricity Experiments for Kids

Introducing kids to electricity can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re looking for a fun, simple electricity experiments for kids, this Steady Hand Game is an EASY science experiment for kids.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler, you will love this steady hand game ideas for kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders too. Plus this electricity games for kids uses common things you probaby already have on hand!

Introducing kids to electricity can be intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. If you're looking for a fun, simple way to introduce your elementary age child to electricity and circuits, this Steady Hand Game is an EASY Physics experiment for kids.  Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler, you will love this science project for kindergartners, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade children. 

Steady Hand Game

This DIY Steady Hand Game is such a fun, simple science project for kindergarteners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grad 4, grade 5, and grade 6 students. This electricity games for kids makes a great first electronics activity as it is  inexpensive, doesn’t take much time, and results in a single-player game in which kids can challenge themselves or their friends and parents. The object of this electricity projects for kids is to follow a curved wire path with a loop of wire without letting the two touch. It is easily customizable to the skill level of the player by making the loop bigger or smaller.

Electricity Experiments for Kids

The electrical concept your child will learn while doing tryin this steady hand game ideas  is that in order for current to flow, the circuit has to form a complete or closed loop. The object of the game is to NOT close the circuit, because if the wires touch and the circuit is complete, the LED will light up. The winner is the person who can take the loop from one end of the curved wire to the other without causing the light to light up.

How to Make a Steady Hand Game at Home

How to Make a Steady Hand Game at Home

  • Empty container (we used a deli meat container, but any container with a lid including a small shoebox would work.)
  • 2 AAA battery holder
  • 2 AAA batteries
  • LED (we used white, but you could use any color)
  • pin or other sharp object for poking holes in lid
  • stiff, unshielded wire (we used 20 gauge galvanized steel, but could use a coat hanger or other stiff wire)
  • flexible, shielded wire (we used 22 gauge hook-up wire since that’s what we had on hand, but the game would definitely be less challenging with slightly more flexible (higher gauge) wire)
  • duct tape (or other strong tape)
  • wire strippers
  • wire cutters
  • needle nose pliers

Steady Hand Game Ideas

First, use your pin to make small holes on either side of the lid. Cut off a piece of stiff wire and feed it through the holes making a wiggly, curvy design on top of the lid such as the one shown


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Use your pin to make two small holes near each other wherever you would like to place your LED light. Feed the LED legs through the holes.


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Use your needle nose pliers to attach the battery holder to the connections for the curvy wire and the LED on the underside of the lid. Since the LED is directional, you will first want to check that you are attaching the correct battery lead to the correct LED lead by touching the battery leads directly to the LED leads. In my case, the red lead of the battery pack needed to be attached to the long lead of the LED.


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Bend the connections flush with the lid and use duct tape to secure them.

Use your pin to poke a hole in the lid where you would like to place the flexible wire with the loop that the player will control while playing the game.


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Cut a piece of flexible wire long enough to attach to the LED on the underside, come through the hole, and move across the entire curvy wire. Use your wire strippers to strip the portion that will attach to the underside of the lid.


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Thread the portion of the wire with the shield stripped off through the hole on the top of the lid and use the needle nose pliers to bend the wire around the remaining, unused LED lead. Secure with duct tape.


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Strip some of the shielding off the other end of the flexible wire on the top side of the lid and use your fingers to form this potion into a circular loop.

Steady Hand Game Ideas

DIY Steady Hand Game

Lastly, connect the loop to the curvy wire. When the loop touches the wire, the LED should light up. When it is held in such a way that there is no connection, the light should stay off.

Once your game is complete, your kids can take turns trying to guide the circular loop of wire over the wiggly wire. I should warn you that this is a pretty difficult task with a loop the size pictured. My preschooler and kindergartner had a lot of fun trying, but were not able to make it from one end to the other without lighting up the LED. Even I had a hard time. However, the difficulty of this game is easily adjusted by making the circular loop bigger or smaller.

Steady Hand Game

Be sure to have older kids think about how this game works. Why does the light shine only when someone’s hands aren’t steady enough? Hopefully older kids will realize that this connection is actually completing a current loop. If not, have your child trace out the path of the wires with their finger so that they can see how the circuit forms a complete, connected circle only when the wire loop touches the wavy path. Have fun watching your child learn about and explore electricity!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com


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