As soon as kids can reach a faucet, it seems they are drawn to splashing around in the water—much to the chagrin of your kitchen floor. Turn your little bit’s intrigue into intellect with these simple water-based science experiments that you can do at home.

Water Bending

What you need: Kitchen faucet, blown up balloon, your own hair or a microfiber cloth.

How to: So technically, this is a physics experiment that just so happens to use water. But, start by turning on the faucet until it creates a thin steady stream of water. Rub the inflated balloon over your hair or with the cloth until you notice some static electricity forming. Place the balloon near, but not into the stream of water. Blow your mind as the water bends towards the balloon.

How it works: Opposites attract! When you rub the balloon with your hair or a cloth, you create a negative charge. When you put the negatively charged balloon near the positively charged water, they want to come together.

photo: Rookie Parenting

Have you tried any cool water experiments with your kids? Tell us how they went in the comments below.

—Ayren Jackson-Cannady