Balloons Archive

7 Ways to Play with Static Electricity

Today we’re suggesting a few very simple ideas for discovering static electricity through some fun games. To charge a balloon with static electricity, you can rub it vigorously against a wool garment. By doing so, some of the garment’s electrons jump to the balloon and stick to its surface, thus the balloon becomes negatively charged. When the balloon is ” charged”… 1. Watch how your hands acquire ‘magical’ powers. Stretch …

Cars with Air Motor

A few days ago, we were talking about how many experiments with balloons you can do to learn physical principles. Today, we’ll insist on the same action-reaction principle we studied when we raced with rocket balloons, now using it to move some homemade cars with air motor. To build the car’s bodywork, we have several options. What we do is collect recycled material in a box from which the kids …

Balloon Races

In our weekly workshops, we’ve been working on a project of air and wind and we used many balloons as they offer a lot of playful fun. Today we’ll show you one of the activities we’ve done with them. It’s about racing rocket-balloons. For this, you need string scissors, straws, tape, sealing pegs and balloons. Tie one end of the string to a support (i.e. a chair). Before tying the …

Air Moving with Tools

We continued experimenting with moving air. After recalling the races with cotton balls in our previous session, we have shown this time some tools that are used to “create wind”: tire pumps, fans, pieces of wood or boxes, etc. and we have invited them to repeat the races of our previous session by using these tools. They have seen soon that even though they could push the balls further, it …