Science is always a crowd pleaser with Lil’s.
Even with our older elementary kiddos, science was their favorite as long as it included experiments (which ALL science should because science is a concrete subject, not an abstract one!)
This simple science experiment was first shared by I Heart Crafty Things.
Invite your Lil’ to make their butterfly fly as they explore static electricity.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what” and “why” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions and perform experiments
  • Understand 3 of the 5 senses to make observations

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Science

  • Pose “what,” “why” and “how” questions about their surroundings
  • Make predictions, perform experiments, and discuss results
  • Use 5-senses to make observations

Required Materials

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Butterfly Wing Experiment Template

Cardboard

*Tissue Paper

*Balloon

*Glue

*Scissors

Step #1
Print and cut out the Butterfly Wing Experiment.
Step #2
Fold a piece of tissue paper in half and place the butterfly wing over it. You want the straight edge of the wing to be along the fold.

Cut the tissue paper using the wings as a guide.

Step #3
Unfold the tissue paper and lay it on a piece of cardboard.
Step #4
Apply glue to the body of the butterfly.

Glue the body of the butterfly to the cardboard. The body will overlap the wings. This will cause the wings to be glued to the cardboard in the center but not on the edges so the wings can still fly.

Step #5
Blow up a balloon and tie it shut.

Rub the balloon on the carpet or your pants.

Step #6
Hold the balloon over the butterfly and watch as the wings fly up.

Teacher Tip

Why does this work?

Rubbing the balloon on the carpet causes excess electrons to adhere to the balloon. These electrons are looking for some where to go, so when you hover the balloon over the tissue paper they “jump to” or attract the tissue paper causing the tissue paper to move. This is static electricity.

Your Lil’ does not need to know this, but if they are curious or asking you can tell them that the wings move because little pieces (electrons) jump on the balloon when your rub it on the carpet and then they find friends to jump to when they get close to the tissue paper.

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