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Exploring Static Electricity Science

Exploring static electricity science with kids.

Exploring Static Electricity Science Recycled Box Project

Electricity takes many forms and science experiments are a great way to explore how electricity works. Today we’re learning about static electricity using our empty Green Kid Crafts box. Have you ever felt a jolt or shock when touching someone or something? That’s the force of static electricity! It can also make your hair stand up after rubbing a balloon on your head. Speaking of balloons, we’re using them in our science project today. So let’s get started!


  • 1 Empty Green Kid Crafts Box
  • 1 Coffee Filter
  • 1 Balloon
  • Blanket


Cut the lid off of your empty Green Kid Crafts box.
Blow up the balloon and tie.
Use scissors to shred the coffee filter into short strips. Pour the strips into your Empty Green Kid Crafts box.
Rub the balloon one direction on the blanket. (A pair of pajamas pants may work too, or anything that comes out of the dryer with static.)
Hold your balloon over the strips in the box. They should start lifting out of the box and sticking to the balloon!

What Causes Static Electricity?

Inside objects are atoms, and in atoms are positive protons and negative electrons. When there is an imbalance of charges within an object, static electricity occurs.

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