Electricity experiment for kids – Popcorn made from balls of aluminum foil

electricity experiments for kids

In this fun electricity experiment for kids, we will see how to blow up dozens of small balls of aluminum foil. You can imagine this experiment as making aluminium foil popcorn.

With this fun electricity experiment, we’ll see how aluminium balls react when they come in contact with static electricity.

Electricity experiment for kids equipment:

  • Aluminum foil
  • A balloon
  • A woollen jumper
  • Adhesive tape

Electricity experiment for kids instructions:

  1. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a table. Secure the sheet with tape.
  2. Cut small pieces of aluminum foil and make small balls of about 5 millimetres in diameter. Do not compress them too tightly. The idea is to have something light and small.
  3. Inflate the balloon and charge with static electricity by rubbing it on the woollen jumper. Rub for 30 seconds.
  4. Place the balls on the aluminum sheet. Approach them from above with the balloon. The balls will jump like popcorn.

Electricity experiment for kids explanation:

Static electricity acts a bit like a magnet, but only for a short amount of time. By rubbing the balloon, it becomes electrically charged with positive ions. This energy tries to flow naturally. By approaching the aluminum balls with the balloon overloaded with positive ions, it attracts the balls because of the strong contrast between the negative and positive ions. Energy seeks to balance itself.

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