To your child, balloons are all about fun. But for parents, those bopping, billowing, brilliantly colored toys can also be a satisfying way of teaching your child about gravity. After blowing up a few of these beauties and tying them off, rub each one against a carpet or sweater until enough electricity is generated to make them stick to a wall. Your child will love this, in the way that children love surprises. Your child will ask, “Why?” and you’ll have a perfect teachable moment for a brief explanation about static electricity and gravity.
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