Privacy Policy. Turn on the kitchen faucet to get a narrow, continuous stream of water. With just a few household items you can save your breath with this experiment and make balloons inflate themselves! Static electricity, unlike current electricity (e.g. It’s also static electricity that sometimes gives you a shock when you touch something metal. And of course for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday! Im a new follower! Hence the post! And what a fun way to teach a little science too! We use the information to track views of the site, where you go and to know if you are a regular visitor or brand new as well as provide a personalised experience where possible. Did you know if you put the charged balloon next to a stream of water it attracts the water towards the balloon as well. provides science activity ideas for informational purposes only. All objects are made of atoms. When you bring the balloon close to the water stream, the negative charge attracts the positive parts in the water atoms. For further information, consult your state’s Science Safety Handbook. Oh we love doing this in our house too!

Try our jumping tissue paper frogs experiment. What a fun thing to do!

You have successfully joined our subscriber list. All 3 of my children were fascinated and it was brilliant to be able to explain the reason their […], Your email address will not be published. In addition, your access to’s website is covered by’s Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. You may have done this with a party balloon: if you rub a balloon on your sweater, you can get the balloon to stick to the wall or to your hair. I will just read Red Ted this post! Could you please link up on my Fun Stuff Fridays linky party?

Pencil shavings and rice krispies are fun too. If you do it right you can even place the balloon on a wall or door and leave it stuck there!, Thank you so much, I’ll check out the linky now. Follow the Read More link for more information. (just a slow tickling stream). Don't worry about getting zapped by this electric charge, it's very small and eventually the electrons will balance out again and the balloon loses its magical sticky powers.

But if the air is dry enough you can leave the balloon on a wall and it can stay there for days!

Thanks for the refresher course in static electricity!

Implementation should be undertaken only in appropriate settings and with appropriate parental or adult supervision. Rubbed two balloons on your hair and then brought them together? Science Sparks assume no liability with regard to injuries or damage to property that may occur as a result of using the information and carrying out the practical activities contained in this resource or in any of the suggested further resources. Apparently if you charge up a plastic comb and then put it near a metal tap, you see a spark! Science Sparks ( Wild Sparks Enterprises Ltd ) are not liable for the actions of activity of any person who uses the information in this resource or in any of the suggested further resources.

Opposite charges attract, so the negatively charged balloon is attracted to the more positive wall. A balloon comprises many atoms and so does your hair. These activities are designed to be carried out by children working with a parent, guardian or other appropriate adult.

All Rights Reserved. Try recording the time hair stands up for if you rub it across your head, once, 5 times and 10 times. Here is a simple physics experiment you can do with your kiddo. This gives the balloon a slightly negative charge and you and your hair a slightly positive charge, and opposite charges attract each other and try to stick to each other.

There are many fun things you can do with magnets.