Teach kids about electricity

Parents have found themselves in the role of teacher as schools have transitioned their lessons so children can learn at home.

While you have the chance, why not incorporate some practical lessons about electricity. Some tips:

  • Children—and most adults, for that matter—take electricity for granted. It’s important for them to know that it costs money to keep the lights on; that water and electricity don’t mix, and that wasting energy has consequences for the planet.
  • Most children will engage with lessons that involve hands-on activities. Create easy experiments that will help you make your points. For example, to help you explain static electricity, have your kids blow up balloons and rub them against their sweaters. Then let them move around the house with balloons stuck to themselves.
  • Electrical safety is perhaps the most important lesson for a child who’s spending a lot of time at home. Explain the dangers of exposed or frayed wires; playing with electrical outlets and using a hair dryer or anything electric in the bathroom, kitchen or other area that tends to get wet.
  • Members of electric utilities have an amazing history lesson to pass along to their children. Unlike electricity consumers who live in big cities, where electric companies could earn a profit by building lines that reached every home, rural and small-town people had to band together to build their own. It’s a story about independence, equity and sheer will power that could inspire your children to respect the pioneers who brought electric utilities to unserved communities.