Skip to Content

Light Up New Year’s Ball Craft: New Year’s STEM!

Save this idea for later!

My kids love New Year’s activities, and although we don’t usually do much learning near New Year’s Day because of Christmas break, this year, we decided to try out our new Squishy Circuits to see if we could make a light-up New Year’s Ball! The New Year’s ball drop is one of our favorite activities, and it was fun to recreate the iconic ball at home. We thought this activity was a fun twist on a traditional New Years ball craft.

This activity is one of our favorite technology activities for kids!

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year’s ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It’s a fun way to ring in the new year!

Light Up New Year’s Ball Craft

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

You can make your own light-up ball using our instructions!

Please note, safety is important during this activity! You are working with a live (although low watt) electrical connection. Be careful!

What you’ll need to make a light-up New Year’s Ball craft:

Disclaimer: This post includes affiliate links for your convenience at no cost to you.

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

We first made our own glittery conductive dough. We thought the glitter seemed more festive. We used modeling clay we had on hand for our insulating dough.

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

To make a circuit work, you have to have to conductive doughs separated by an insulating dough. The lights split over the insulating dough and stick into both pieces of conductive dough. If you cover the insulating dough or have the conductive dough touch, the lights won’t turn on.

We found the clam-like shape to work best at looking similar to a ball, but it didn’t hide any of the important pieces to complete the circuit. 

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

The long side of the wires must connect with the red battery wire. The short side of the wires must connect with the black battery wire.

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

Monkey connected the battery to the correct side of the New Year’s ball craft and turned the switch. It worked!

Kids will have a blast lighting up their very own circuit New Year's ball craft made out of Squishy Circuits! It's a fun way to ring in the new year!

More New Year’s Eve Activity Ideas

Preschoolers are too young for many New Year festivities, but they can celebrate a new year safely using these New Year activities for preschool.

New Year’s Activities for Kids!

 

Save this idea for later!