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Christmas STEM: Rudolph Pipe Cleaner Circuit

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Do you need an easy last-minute Christmas STEM project idea?   I love this time of year and all of the fun holiday projects that can be done. Today I want to show you how to make a REALLY easy Rudolph pipe cleaner circuit. Rudolph’s nose really lights up and it is easy enough for kids to make on their own.

This post is part of the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids. This week the theme is Reindeer and the book of the week is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer. There are a few different versions of this book. We like the one by Robert L. May.  We also love the book Olive the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh.

Supplies for the Rudolph Pipe Cleaner Circuit

rudolph pipe cleaner circuit supplies

1 Coin Cell Battery
1 Brown Pipe Cleaner
1 Gold Pipe Cleaner
2 Googly Eyes
1 Red LED Pin Light
Brown Duct Tape
Glue Dots or Glue


How to Make the Rudolph Pipe Cleaner Circuit

Cut both of the pipe cleaners in half.  On both ends of the cut brown ones, pull the fur off  of about 1/4 and inch of it to leave just the metal exposed.  This helps the pipe cleaners to have a better connection with the metal and makes the light work better.

Twist the end of one brown pipe cleaner half to one side of the LED light. Repeat with the other brown pipe cleaner half.

At the top of the pipe cleaners, bend in at an angle to make the top of the head.

Christmas STEM Rudolph pipe cleaner circuit

The pins on the lights are different lengths.  The long side of the pin light is positive and the short side is negative. You will need to match those up with the battery charges for the light to turn on.

To make your antlers. cut 2 inches off of the tops of the gold pipe cleaners and twist around the tops of them. Then attach them to the top of the reindeer head on the edges near the bend.

Using brown duct tape, tape the ends of the pipe cleaner around the battery- match up the ends with the correct charge.  You will see it light up if it is correct.

Attach the eyes with glue or glue spots.

rudolph circuits- Christmas STEM

That’s it!  My kids LOVED these Rudolph pipe cleaner circuits!  I hope yours will, too!

This is part of the Weekly Virtual Book Club for Kids. This week’s theme is Reindeer!  Join in the weekly activities with myself and some other great bloggers!  There is a Facebook group you can join to keep up to date, too.Virtual Book Club

See what the other participants shared this week:

Reindeer Letter Matching Game – Mama Smiles
Reindeer Cookies – Rainy Day Mum
Changing the Color of the Reindeer’s Nose Color Activity by JDaniel4’s Mom
Paper Shapes Reindeer-The Moments at Home


Want more Christmas Learning ideas?  Check out my STEAM Kids Christmas book!

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