Science activities with static electricity help kids understand science in a cool way.
Yes, an easy way to teach science for toddlers. Simply use things availeble at home and try these experiments. You can spend quality time with kids in this manner. My younger one Tisha and I used to spend hours together playing with hair making it stand straight. Then clicked an idea for me to try an activity with static electricity. I was crazy to try if I can use it to lift some objects.
We decided to grow beard on a balloon. Sounds funny? No, it is not. Come let us understand the trick behind this.
To Make Beard Grow on Daddy Balloon, we need:
- Permanent marker – black or colored
- Black pepper – cracked
- Balloon – Any color
- Fabric – woolen or hair
Rub a blown up balloon touching the human hair will help generate a static charge. You can also use woolen fabrics in the place of hair.
Steps involved in doing this activity1. Blow the balloon and tie it to prevent air from escaping from it. Mark eyes nose and makes it a human face. Yes, dads face using a permanent marker.
Make sure of drawing the face towards the bottom side instead of the sides as it will make the pepper stubble attraction process easier.2. Take a plate and put some cracked pepper
3. By hovering the balloon on the pepper plate will do some actions. Watch that.
Check with your kid if they can make the pepper stick to the balloon and they might not really be able to figure out.
You can now notice the pepper getting stuck to the balloon. Even you can listen to the sound when the pepper gets stuck to the balloon. This is all about static electricity.
By rubbing on the correct spot, the balloon man will grow a five o’clock shadow. At times it may look patchy as well. We do see patchy beards all around, don’t we ? 🙂
We also tried with different hair and wool materials. Yes, while rubbing so you can see different pepper attraction. That is the level of static charge on each person’s hair. Think what the reason for such attraction is.
Try with different spice also to notice any other changes.