Static Electricity Butterfly

Warning!: Not for children under 3 years. Adult supervision required. Follow approved procedures


  • Cardboard
  • Tissue Paper
  • Cardstock Paper
  • Googly Eyes
  • Balloon
  • Glue Stick


  • Using a pencil, draw butterfly wings on your tissue paper. (Make sure the wings there smaller than the cardboard). DO NOT glue the wings onto the cardboard!
  • Cut a butterfly body out of the cardstock paper and place glue down the middle and attach to your wings. Again, DO NOT glue the tissue paper down.
  • Finish the drawing of your butterfly by adding antennas and the googly eyes.
  • Blow up your balloon; rub your balloon in your hair to give it an electric charge. Now hold the balloon on top of the butterfly (don’t touch the butterfly) and watch the wings raise and lower as you move the balloon closer and farther away.

The Science You Should Know

When you rubbed the balloon on your hair, electrons were lost from your hair and gained by the balloon giving it a static charge. When the negatively charged balloon gets close to the positively charged tissue paper they are attracted to each other.