You can see static electricity in action when a child goes down a plastic slide at the park only to arrive at the bottom with crazy hair that is sticking straight up and all over. You can feel static electricity when you rub your feet on carpet and then touch a metal doorknob. Today we are going to harness the power of static electricity in a fun activity for Valentine's Day. Get your balloons and your crazy hair ready!
Safety Concerns: None.
Materials You Need:
An inflated balloon
Wool, flannel, or fleece fabric (A head of hair also works perfectly!)
- Draw a cupid on a piece of tissue paper. You can either do this freehand or trace a cupid onto the tissue paper like I did! (I'm no artist.)
- Cut out the tissue paper cupid and put it on a flat surface.
- Rub the balloon on the fabric or hair for about 10 seconds.
- Hold the balloon a few inches over the tissue paper cupid and see what happens. If the balloon has acquired a good static charge, the cupid should jump right up and stick to the balloon!
- Have fun making your cupid fly!
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And now on to our STEM Saturday link up! Check out our wonderful co-hosts and link up your own math and science activities:
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