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Have you ever been "zapped" by a door handle? On very dry days, or in mid-winter when the heat is on, static electricity builds up when you walk on carpet. Rubber-soled shoes make it build up even faster. When you touch the door handle, the electricity discharges. Touch a friend, and he or she gets an electric shock! On a day like that, have a "ball" mystifying your friends with "ugly bugs" powered by static electricity.

You Will Need:

* Colored tissue paper

* Pencil and ball point pen

* Scissors

* A plastic or rubber comb (or a hairbrush)

Directions;

1. Cut out a one-inch square of tissue, and fold it in half.

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2. Draw a bug body on one side of the folded tissue. Here are some bug body ideas.

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3. Carefully cut out your bug, keeping the tissue folded. When you unfold it, both sides should be the same.

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4. Make as many bugs as you like. Draw on your bugs to make them look even better. Here are some examples:

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5. Brush or comb your hair vigorously. Hold the comb or brush a few inches above bugs, and they will "fly" up to it. Have races: Who can collect the most ugly bugs in the least time?

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Title Annotation:static electricity
Author:Hayes, Helen
Publication:Jack & Jill
Date:Jan 1, 2001
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