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Simple Light Bulb Experiment

Teach students about electricity for kids with this simple and amazing light bulb experiment! This light bulb science project only requires a couple simple materials and you can make an incandescent light bulb just like Thomas Edison did! This electricity experiments for kids is fun for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th graders too.

Teach students about electricity for kids with this simple and amazing light bulb experiment! This light bulb science project only requires a couple simple materials and you can make an incandescent light bulb just like Thomas Edison did! This electricity experiments for kids is fun for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th graders too.

Light Bulb Experiment

Are yo ulooking for a clver electricity experiments for kids for them to learn about circuits or early scientists who made some incredibly useful inventions? This light bulb experiment allows children to make a working light bulb project with a few simple materials. Studnets from kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8 will learn how electricity works and be proud of what they created.

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All you need to try this easy electricity project are a few simple materials you can easily pick-up on Amazon, walmart, or perhaps even in your home:

  • mason jar with lid
  • hammer
  • 1-inch nails
  • three feet insulated copper wire
  • 6-volt battery
  • picture hanging wire (iron)
  • electrical wire
  • wire cutters

While this project is a simple science project, as it uses sharp wire cutters and batteries, adult supervision is important. Use common sense when working with a battery and sharp objects.

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Light Bulb Science Project

Start out with a mason jar with the lid on. You will carefully hammer your nail to make two holes about  1 inch apart on the lid of a jar.

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Cut your insulated copper wire so you have 2 pieces that are 18″ each.  Now carefully trim an inch of the plastic coating off of each end.

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Push each of the copper wires through a seperate hole in the mason jar lid so that about 2″ of wire can be seen in the jar. Open the jar so you can make a small hook at the end of each wire.

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Unwind some picture hanging wire to use the individual fine strands of iron wire. Now twist 3 strands of iron wire together and stretch them across the gap between the two copper hooks on the lid to form the filament (bridge); trim excess.

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Turn the glass jar upside down over the lid and screw closed. Use electrical tape to attach one copper wire coming out of the lid to one of the terminals on the 6 volt battery. Now attach the other wire to the remaining terminal.

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Watch light bulb light up! You can time how long your filament glows before it burns out. The first light bulb made by Thomas Edison in 1879 were incadescent just like the one you made.

Electricity experiments you can do at home

Caution: the filament will bcome very hot, so don’t open the jar until it cools!

Teach students about electricity for kids with this simple and amazing light bulb experiment! This light bulb science project only requires a couple simple materials and you can make an incandescent light bulb just like Thomas Edison did! This electricity experiments for kids is fun for kids of all ages from kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, 6th grade, 7th grade, and 8th graders too.

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How does a light bulb work?

The electric ligh bulb works because you made a complete circuit with electrons flowing out from the battery through the filament bridge back to the battery. The heat makes the filament glow.

Learn more about incandescent light bulbs compared to modern technology.

Light Bulb Science Project

You can learn more about Thomas Edison for Kids worksheets, coloring pages, and informational mini book.

Looking for that really cool science experiment for kids that grabs kids attention, teaches, and makes them say WOW! This squishy circuits project is fun and easy to do with a kid-approve Lego theme to keep preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students engaged. All you need are a few simple materials to try this Electricity Science Experiments and you are ready to play and learn! There are so many fun variations for this electricity experiments for kids Tomato-Battery electricity experiment for kids  Squishy Circuits Minion Project

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Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

If you are looking for a fun unique activity using eggs, you will love this silly egg head craft. This egg shell diy chia pet is cute, simple and silly spring activities for kids. This egg shell craft is fun for toddler, prsechool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, and 2nd graders too! bleeding tissue paper fireworks craft Spring is the time for field trips to the local zoo. In an attempt to make our homeschool field trips extra fun (and educational) I created these super cute, zoo scavenger hunt templates. We have lots of choices with these zoo scavenger hunt printable pack to accomidate kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten to elementary age students in first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students. Whether you use the simple animal scavenger hunt or learn about endagered animals or animal habitats in one of these zoo scavenger hunt ideas - kids will have fun learning about zoology in science. Simply download free printable scavenger hunt pdf file and you are ready to learn about animals with this printable scavenger hunt at your local zoo. i spy diy bottles with colored rice in recycled water bottles

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Edible Ice Cream Playdough Recipe - amazing 2 ingredient playdough recipe perfect for toddler, preschool, kindergarten and kids of all ages for an ice cream thing, kids activity, or summer bucket list #playdough #playdoughrecipes #icecream This vinegar and baking soda rocket is an out-of-this-world fun AND educational summer activity for kids! Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade students will enjoy making the baking soda rocket. This how to make a bottle rocket project is one of those really cool science projects your kids will remember forever! Tin Foil Art This EPIC summer activities for kids uses a really fun technique to make squirt gun painting! This water gun painting is such a fun summer art project for toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders. The squirt panting is as much fun to make as it is to look at afterwards with the unique patterns. This Summer Painting for kids is a MUST for your list of summer activities for preschoolers!

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Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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