# How do balloons get static electricity?

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## How do balloons get static electricity?

Rubbing the balloon onto your hair or onto the wool fabric adds electrons to the balloon and causes the balloon to become negatively charged. Like charges repel (the two balloons, once charged, will move away from each other) and opposite charges attract (the paper will be attracted to the charged balloons.)

## How do you shock someone with balloons?

2 Method 2 of 3: Rubbing Balloons with Wool to Create Static Electricity

1. Blow up a balloon and tie the end. Pinch the neck of the balloon’s opening and hold it against your lips.
2. Rub your balloon with wool.
3. Hold the balloon next to an empty soda can to test it.
4. Discharge the balloon by rubbing it against metal.

What is static electricity for kids?

Static electricity is the build up of an electrical charge on the surface of an object. It’s called “static” because the charges remain in one area rather than moving or “flowing” to another area. We see static electricity every day. It can even build up on us.

Why do balloons attract hair?

Because electrons are negatively charged, the balloon acquires a negative charge, while the hair, with its loss of negative charges, now has a net positive charge. So the balloon and hair have opposite charges, and opposite charges attract each other. That’s why the hair gets pulled toward the balloon (Figure 2).

### What are the examples of static electricity?

The rubbing of certain materials against one another can transfer negative charges, or electrons. For example, if you rub your shoe on the carpet, your body collects extra electrons. The electrons cling to your body until they can be released. As you reach and touch your furry friend, you get a shock.

Static hair is when the hair builds up static electricity. In simple words, static hair develops a few extra electrons, thanks to friction or due to change in the weather pattern. While static hair is not in itself harmful, it does lead to brittle and frizzy hair. This is because the hair strands repel from each other.

Why does hair stand up on Slide?

One example of this is when you slide down a slide and all of your hair stands up straight. This is because the friction of sliding has caused a positive charge to be built up on each hair. Since each hair has the same charge, they all try to push away from each other and end up standing up straight.

What about bringing the two rub balloons near each other?

When you rub both balloons, both end up with negative charge. Similar charges repel so the balloons push away from each other. You can even use one balloon to push the other around!

#### Why do strands of your hair stand after you take off your hat?

As you remove your hat, electrons are transferred from hat to hair, creating that interesting hairdo! Remember, objects with the same charge repel each other. Because they have the same charge, your hair will stand on end. Your hairs are simply trying to get as far away from each other as possible!

#### Does rubber produce static?

The best combinations of materials to create static electricity would be one from the positive charge list and one from the negative charge list. A hard rubber or plastic comb will collect negative (−) charges on its surface.

Is a balloon an insulator or conductor?

Objects made of rubber, such as the balloon, are electrical insulators, meaning that they resist electric charges flowing through them. This is why only part of the balloon may have a negative charge (where the wool rubbed it) and the rest may remain neutral.

Can you do static electricity experiment with balloons?

Well, this static electricity experiment with balloons will do just that. We even heard some “hissing” with this experiment. If you listen closely to the video, you will too. This is another one of the easy kitchen science experiments that you can easily do when the kids are getting bored.

## How can I get Static electricity out of my hair?

activity – balloon on the ceiling On a dry day, blow up a rubber balloon and rub it back and forth over your hair. You might be able to hear the crackle of static electricity as you do so. After about 10 seconds of rubbing, pull the balloon away from your hair.

## What happens when a balloon has a negative charge?

Now the balloon and the ball will each have a net negative charge, which will produce a repulsive force. If enough charge is transferred to the ball, this repulsive force can overcome the attractive force due to the charge separation (which still occurs) and push the ball away (figure 3).

What happens to balloons when you touch them?

We found out that when touched that both balloons lose their static charge and fall to the ground. It was pretty interesting because we found that you could get them closer together without touching and they almost pull to each other as if magnetic.