Art Activity: Static Electricity & Bees

Happy Earth Day!

Activity best for children age 2 and up

Happy Earth Day! Celebrate today by learning about the amazing plants, animals, and insects that live around us. One insect that really helps our planet are bees! Did you knows bees use static electricity to pollinate flowers? Bees have tiny hairs all over their body, these hairs can detect something called static electricity. Static charge is a buildup of positive or negative charges on an object. When objects are rubbed together, oppositely charged particles, molecules, ions, or electrons can transfer between objects, causing a charge imbalance: one object becomes positively charged, and the other becomes negatively charged. Like when you rub a balloon on your head and your hair stands up! Create your own bee and learn about pollination with Ms. Shiri!

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Materials You’ll Need:

Plastic egg

Pipe cleaners

Googly eyes

Glue stick

Fuzzy blanket

Small pieces of tissue paper



Grab your glue stick and put glue on the top of your plastic egg. Attach two googly eyes to bring your bee to life!


Cut your pipe cleaner into two small pieces. Bend the end of the pipe cleaners and stick it through the holes at the top of the plastic egg. Now your bee has antennas!


Grab your fuzzy blanket and rub your bee on the blanket 10 times.


Now that your bee is all charged up, hover your bee over the tissue paper and watch it stick to the static electricity.