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Electric Tricks

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From: Aussie Childcare Network

Electric Tricks Ryan Dickey

A science experiment on how to make electricity using your hair. 

Materials Needed:

  • Tissues
  • Comb

What to do:

  • Tear tissues into small pieces.
  • Comb your hair about 20 times.
  • Hold the comb close to the bits of tissue.

The Science Factor:

When you run the comb through your hair over and over again this makes static electricity build up in the comb. The static electricity pulls the tissue paper towards the comb and makes it jump like magic!

Hints and Tips:

  • This is great to use when your trying to comb your child's hair. Persuade them with this experiment.
  • Did you know, static electricity builds up in clouds during a thunderstorm. It gets so powerful that it jumps to other clouds or to the ground in the form of a huge spark or lightning.

Additional Info

  • Appropriate Age: 4 year+
  • Number of Children: Individual (1), Couple (2), Few (3), Small Group (4), Large Group (5 or more)
  • Developmental Milestones:

    - able to brush and comb own hair
    - is independent in all aspects of self-care (brushing teeth, combing hair, taking a bath/shower etc.)
    - has organized, continuous memory
    - follows and understands complex instructions (verbal and visual)

  • Play Based Learning: Exploratory Play, Manipulative Play
  • Interest Areas: Science and Nature
  • Games Categories: Cognitive Development, Learning Games, Science Experiments
  • EYLF Outcomes: Learning Outcome 4
  • Sub Outcomes:

    LO4 - Children Are Confident And Involved Learners

    4.2 Children develop a range of skills and processes such as problem solving inquiry experimentation hypothesising researching and investigating

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