My twin boys who are really a big fan of Harry Potter Series have been playing with sticks (which they have painted) as pretend wands. It was a perfect opportunity for me as a mother to introduce the electric circuit and help them make a wand that actually glows..So we decided to make a wand out of the materials that we had available at home… The list of the material is given below..(you can actually select anything that is available at home or you can find as a waste material.
Tape (I used surgical tape as it sticks really well..however you can use any tape or glue or Hot Glue as per your convenience)
Dowel or any stick that you can find ( If you can not find a stick you can use the straws and wrap it in the paper)
a paper clip to use as a switch
CR2032 3V Button Cell..
How to make the wand? It’s actually the easiest part once you have all the required parts.
Wand Making – Get the basic structure ready
The LED has a positive and negative the longer one is positive and the short one is negative. I have used the stuff that I had from other project that we had done. So we had a LED holder available . If you don’t have it don’t worry. Just wind your wires around the LED legs and secure the LED on top of the dowel. Tape the wires on the body either with the tape or with the glue gun.
Once you have the basic structure ready then check the positive and negative side of the battery and fold and tape one wire as shown in the picture below
Make a Switch
If you don’t have the washer dont worry. you can use a paper clip, aluminium foil or any such small thing that will conduct electricity. Once done fix the battery as shown below
Fold the wires and give final touch to your wand
Now fold and tape the other wire in such a way that the washer/paper clip/ Aluminium foil does not touch the battery but is positioned in such a way that once you press it, it will touch the battery and complete the circuit. Presto your wand is ready to play with.. you can wrap it with the paper and paint it to give it a real wand like look..
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I got the idea from the website www.ateampoweredfamily.com a big thank you. What I did was improvisation with the things available at home