Waterless Snow Globe

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In this activity, learners will investigate static electricity as they create waterless snow globes. With confetti, a balloon and wool material, protons and electrons will make the confetti "jump." [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org. Activity write-up only, images are unavailable.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Clear plastic cup
  • Teaspoon of confetti (e.g. small pieces of aluminum foil, or tissue that is this size or smaller)
  • Wool or fleece (e.g. a sock, hat or mitten)
  • Inflated rubber balloon
  • Metal tray or pie plate at least as big as the top of the cup (use cardboard wrapped in aluminum if an aluminum tray is not available)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
    • Structure and Properties of Matter
      • Atomic Structure

Informal Categories

  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • TryScience


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