Dough Universe Techno Sounds Kit Review (Technology Will Save Us)

Dough Universe Techno Sounds Kit
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What It Is

The Tech Will Save Us Techno Sounds kit is an activity kit from Tech Will Save Us that take a classic toy compound---dough--- and turn it into an electrical conductor for circuitry activities. 

Understanding how circuitry works is the first-step toward understanding more complex engineering concepts, but this kit makes learning about these things fun and interactive. The kit comes with three small containers of Electro Dough to work with in three different colors. Along with that, it comes with different components specific to the kit's theme. The Techno Sounds kit is all about using the conductive dough to create sound effects through electrical currents, so it comes with a sound controller, along with three dough cutters. 

To help kids understand these concepts, Tech Will Save Us has a free storybook app, in which kids learn through doing different activities. The app is called DoughUniverse. Once you've downloaded the app, enter it to cycle through various activities for techno Sounds. What makes it more engaging for young kids is the storyline with the evil villain, Dr. Dry Dough, always trying to cause trouble. In order to defeat this bad dough guy, kids complete the activities, and in the process create different sound machines. 

Once kids cycle through the first few activities in helping to defeat Dr. Dry Dough, they are brought to an assortment of more open-ended activities. For these, the activities are less step-by-step, and instead simply provide visuals on the screen help kids to understand what part goes where or what kind of dough shapes they'll need to make. At this point, having completed all the previous activities, kids should have a fairly strong grasp of the different components and their functions, but if at any point you need a refresher, simply revisit a step-by-step activity as a refresher. 

Is It Fun?
This is a hands-on maker kit that helps teach some important and relevant STEM concepts that adds in music play. We like the little storyline that kids can follow along to help gain a better understanding of the different components in the kit and how they work. The storyline we think is especially helpful for that sweet spot age of preschoolers, providing them with characters and a story to re-enforce the science and mechanics behind the activities. 
Who It’s For
The Tech Will Save Us Techno Sounds kit is for ages 4 and up. It will appeal to kids that like compound play and construction as well as parents looking for a fun and hands-on way to teach these early STEM concepts.
What To Be Aware Of

Batteries are included to operate the included smart movement controller. You will need a screwdriver in order to replace batteries. 

Additional Tech Will Save Us Electro dough kits are also available and they are sold separately, including the Electro Dough Starter Kit

AT A GLANCE:
  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy