Electricity is highly dangerous, and we, your Brandon Electrician, spend a lot of time educating our customers in neighboring communities – from Sun City Center to Parrish to Riverview – about ways to stay safe. There is one type of electricity that is safe and fun for kids (and curious grown-ups :-)) to investigate! STATIC ELECTRICITY!!!
We recently had the opportunity to visit a preschool in Apollo Beach and share some fun static electricity activities. Grab a balloon and have fun!
1. The Einstein Look – Simply rub the balloon in your hair and watch it fly!
2. Push the Can – Rub a balloon in your hair or on your clothing. Lay a clean, dry soda can on it’s side. Hover the balloon over the can and move it to the left and right. Watch it magically roll.
3. Paper Pick Up – Tear small pieces of paper, rub the balloon in your hair and hover it over the paper. Watch the paper “jump” and stick to the balloon. Try various types of paper – construction paper, printer paper, tissue paper, etc. and see which works best.
4. Bend the Water – This is the most challenging! Turn the faucet on until you have a thin, steady flow of water. Move the balloon around the water. It may take a few tries and some patience, but you can actually bend the stream of water!