Static electricity isn't some fancy science phenomenon that only scientists can observe in their special labs. Introduce your second grader to the crazy world of static electricity with just a balloon and a sheet of paper! Is she ready to start experimenting?
What You Need:
- Hole punch
What You Do:
- Let your child use the hole punch to make a pile of small paper circles. Set the paper circles aside.
- Have her blow up the balloon.
- Help her tie the balloon -- those ties can be tough on small fingers!
- Time to start exploring static electricity. Tell your child to stand in front of a mirror and rub the balloon on the top of her head for a couple of seconds.
- Have her slowly raise the balloon off of her head. What happens to her hair?
- Explain that her hair raised as a result of static electricity. Static electricity is just the excess electric charge that transfers from the balloon to your child's hair.
- Now have her rub the balloon on her head once again.
- This time, have her lower the statically charged balloon over the pile of paper circles.
- The balloon will pick up the paper circles! What else does your child think her static balloon can pick up?