16 Shockingly Fun Electricity Experiments and Activities for Kids

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16 Shockingly Fun Electricity Experiments and Activities for Kids
School Aids, Inc, Elaine Swart

Play dough circuits, LED magic wands, and more!

Electricity is all around us, so we tend to take it for granted. It’s a fascinating subject for kids, though, so they’ll love these electricity experiments and activities. You may need to invest in a few simple supplies for some of these activities, but you’ll be able to reuse them year after year. The hands-on experience kids get makes the extra effort worthwhile.

1. Start with an anchor chart

Static electricity is most kids’ intro to this concept, and it leads nicely into electrical energy and circuitry. These colorful anchor charts help you teach both.

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2. Bend water with static electricity

Most static electricity experiments are quick and easy enough for anyone to try at home. This is a great example: charge a comb by rubbing it against your head, then use it to “bend” a stream of water from a faucet.

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3. Separate salt and pepper with a “magic” spoon

This static electricity experiment works because pepper is lighter than salt, which makes it quicker to jump to the electrically charged plastic spoon. So cool!

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4. Move a bubble using a balloon

Balloons are a fun way to teach about static electricity. Combine them with bubbles for a hands-on activity students will really love!

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5. Flap a butterfly’s wings

Speaking of balloons, try using them to help a butterfly flap its tissue paper wings. Little ones’ faces light up when they see the butterfly come to life.

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6. Make jumping goo with static electricity

Kick your static electricity experiments up a notch by mixing a batch of cornstarch “goo,” then making it “jump” towards a balloon. Amazing!

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7. Assemble circuits from play dough

When you’re ready to explore electrical energy, start with play dough circuits. You’ll need a battery box and mini LED bulbs. Mix up your own batches of insulating and conducting play dough using the info at the link.

Learn more: Science Sparks

8. Construct a classic potato clock

Try a variety of fruits and vegetables (lemons are another popular choice) for these classic electricity experiments.

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9. Find out if water conducts electricity

We’re always telling kids to get out of the water at the first sign of a lightning storm, so use this demo to help them understand why. You’ll need alligator clip wires, mini LED bulbs, and button cell batteries.

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10. Build a battery from pennies

Light up a bulb without plugging something in or using a battery! Use alligator clip wires, mini LED bulbs, pennies, and aluminum foil to generate electricity instead.

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11. Whip up wizard wands

Lumos! If your kids are fascinated by Harry Potter and the world of magic, they’ll love this electricity project that turns ordinary sticks into light-up wands! Learn how it’s done at the link.

Learn more: Babble Dabble Do

12. Play a DIY steady hand game

Electricity experiments like this one are perfect for exploring the idea of open and closed circuits. Plus, kids will have so much fun playing with them!

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13. Copper plate coins using electricity

We all know electricity lights up a room, and powers phones, computers, and even cars. But what else can it do? This electroplating experiment is a real jaw-dropper. 

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14. Create an index card flashlight

This DIY flashlight really turns on and off! It only takes index cards, aluminum foil, mini LED bulbs, and button cell batteries.

Learn more: Mystery Science

15. Twirl some homopolar dancers

These sweet little twirling dancers are a fantastic demonstration of a homopolar motor. In addition to basic AA batteries, you’ll need neodymium magnets and copper wire.

Learn more: Babble Dabble Do

16. Engineer an electromagnet

Turn an ordinary nail into a magnet with battery and wire. That’s the magic of electromagnets!

Learn more: Steve Spangler Science

16 Shockingly Fun Electricity Experiments and Activities for Kids
School Aids, Inc, Elaine Swart February 28, 2023
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