Keep Your Kids Creative with These Fun Electrical Activities
Sometimes it can be difficult to keep your kid engaged with their schooling and excited to learn about new disciplines. There are times when getting them to read, complete their math homework, write creatively, or take part in a science-related activity can feel like a lost battle from the get-go. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Since this week is National Keep Kids Creative Week, we’ve got three electrical activities that are sure to grab your kid’s attention and keep them excited about learning.
Halloween might be more than a month away, but odds are your kid is already talking about what they want to dress up as. KiwiCo shows kids how they can use a combination of art and science to create a spooky Halloween scene. In this project, your kid will use static electricity from a balloon to make their ghosts, ghouls or goblins “boogie” in the graveyard..
Materials & Supplies Needed:
- A piece of cardboard or a small black chalkboard
- Construction paper
- White tissue paper
- Black marker
- A piece of wool felt
Solar Oven Pizza Box
Who doesn’t love pizza? This electrical project from Home Science Tools will seem like a double-win to your kid, since they get pizza out of it too! With solar energy becoming increasingly popular among homeowners, your kid can see it as a real-life application
- Cardboard pizza box
- Box knife or scissors
- Aluminum foil
- Clear tape
- Plastic wrap or heavy-duty Ziploc bag
- Black construction paper
- Ruler or wooden spoon
Now it’s time to decide what recipe you and your kid will make with your solar oven. You can choose from a variety of recipes, including sunshine eggs, a sun baked potato, peanut butter cookies, apples with cinnamon and more. Check here for the full list of recipes!
Books to Excite Your Kid
If you have a kid who isn’t interested in reading, check out this blog post on fun electricity books. The list includes books such as Oscar and the Bird: A Book About Electricity, The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip, Electronics for Kids: Play with Simple Circuits and Experiment with Electricity!, among other ones. Many of these books include hands-on activities and easy-to-understand explanations. When trying to explain electricity to your kid, it can become convoluted very quickly. These books will act as a great guide for both you and your child
Every child has unique talents, and it’s our job as parents to foster those gifts and encourage them in their growth. Whether your child has an impeccable memory, loves to read, solve math problems or is an artist, athlete or musician, it’s important to help them continue on their path to discovery. Electricity is involved in just about every aspect of life, so no matter what your kid is interested in, more than likely there is a project or experiment to coincide with it.
Note: An adult should be present during all electrical projects and experiments. Even if the process seems simple, your kid will appreciate having a guide beside them. And remember, have fun!