Static Electricity Experiment : Well, you all might have seen a balloon magically sticking to something. What could be the reason behind it? Don’t know!! Today’s experiment is all about that. Excited ? continue reading.
What are we waiting for!! My little ones are already near the experiment table with the ingredients we need to start the experiment. Let’s get started.
Balloon, Salt and Pepper Experiment
What do we need ?
We can do this activity with four everyday materials that we find in our home.
- Balloons (any light coloured balloons are preferred so that the kids will be able to observe the experiment clearly)
- Ground Pepper
- Dry Woollen Cloth
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Steps to get your balloon to attract pepper
My kids are very much excited to grow a stubbly beard to their favourite coloured balloon. Let us know the steps to get such hairy beard to the balloon using our simple science experiment.
Step-1: Inflate the balloon
Tisha (my younger one) was very happy to blow the balloon to the size on which we are able to draw a face (that resembles features of a dad figure). Tie the balloon after blowing to hold the air inside the balloon.
Step-2: Draw a face
As we already discussed in the first step, draw a cartoon face using a permanent marker pen. Do not use sharpened pens as it pops out the balloon.
I can see a glimpse on my younger daughter’s (3yrs old) face after drawing a cartoon face on the balloon. After the experiment she blew few more balloons and enjoyed drawing faces and also tried some different shapes on it.
Step-3: Sprinkle salt on the plate
Ask your kid to measure a spoonful of salt and sprinkle it on to the plate.
Step-4: Add Pepper into the salt
Measure the same quantity of ground pepper and put it into the plate. Now mix both the ingredients.
No wonder, kids are very much interested in mixing any kind of things. My kids are also excited to mix salt and pepper.
Step-5: Rub your balloon with a woollen cloth
- Before rubbing the balloon to a cloth, ask your child to place the balloon near the cracked pepper and observe.
- Ask some questions to your child to check how far they understand the experiment and also they will understand the experiment further easily by following this important step.
- Now ask your kid to charge the balloon by rubbing the dry woollen cloth against it.
Step-6: Bring the balloon near to the salt and pepper
After rubbing to a dry woollen cloth, ask your kid to bring the balloon nearer to the mixture of salt and pepper on the plate.
Kids will be amazed now seeing pepper getting stuck to the balloon without touching. It gives an interesting sound which would increase their curiosity.
Little ones are happy to see the beard formed on to the cartoon’s face they drew on the balloon. In fact, they are surprised to see the magic of sticking pepper to the balloon.
They kept on asking me questions on how did this happen. Even as a mom, I enjoyed showing this fun and simple static science experiment to my kids.
Now it is time to learn the science behind this fun activity.