Want a super-easy science demonstration for static electricity? This static electricity for kids experiment is easy and fun for kids of all ages.
My kids are big fans of science projects and STEM activities. We tried a static electricity experiment years ago, but it was high time we tried another. This experiment came about when we tried to levitate a tinsel orb, but our tinsel was too thick. However, we quickly found that static electricity could act like tape and hold the tinsel to the balloon. Learn how to conduct your own static electricity for kids demonstration below!
Static Electricity for Kids: Magic Clinging Tinsel Bow
This project is quick and easy, which makes it perfect for kids of all ages!
What you’ll need for this science demonstration:
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Blow up the balloon and set it aside.
Tie the tinsel into a bow shape. We just used one piece, but you could experiment with thicker bows to see if the experiment will still work.
Let each kid rub the balloon on their heads. Their hair will stick to the balloon, which is usually fun for the kids to see.
Drop the tinsel bow onto the balloon. Instead of sliding off, it will stick to the balloon. You might even be able to turn the balloon upside down without the bow falling off.
My kids thought this was the best activity ever. Once you remove the bow, the balloon has to be recharged. The kids spent nearly half an hour repeating this activity. It’s even more fun when you do it in the dark because you might see a spark of electricity!
Try rubbing the balloon on different surfaces to see if you get different results!