Exploring Static Electricity with Sticky Balloons
Grade Level: Preschool to Kindergarten; Type: Physics
This project introduces children to static electricity and the idea that electricity is more than lights and plugs and electric shocks.
Can static electricity make a balloon “sticky”?
- One or more balloons
- Wool sweater or rug
- Blow up the balloons.
- Feel the balloons and the wall. Are they sticky? Does the balloon stick to the wall?
- Rub a balloon several times across the wool sweater or rug.
- Place it against the wall. Does it stick to the wall?
- Rub the balloon across the sweater or rug again.
- Bring it close to a friend’s hair. Does her hear leap up and stick to the balloon?
- What else will a rubbed balloon stick to?
- Extension A: Blow up many balloons and stick them to the walls in fun and colorful patterns.
Terms/Concepts: Static electricity, what causes static electricity?
References: Science Made Simple: What Causes Static Electricty?
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