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Flying Ghosts

09/27/2018 02:35PM ● By Digital Media Director

By: The Hood Magazine

Flying Ghost Experiment

When science and Halloween mix, it is sure to intrigue all those little inquisitive minds. We mixed a little lesson about how hot air rises with some Halloween ghosts and had endless fun.

*Disclaimer: this experiment does involve fire. It should be done with help and supervision of an adult. It is VERY important to conduct this experiment away from curtains and other materials that could be a fire hazard. 

What you need:

1. Tea bags

2. Marker

3. Scissors

4. Torch or matches

5. Pan or cookie sheet

6. Plate

Here is what you do:

1. Take a tea bag and cut off the stapled end. Like all good science experiments trial and error is the key. Not all tea bags are the same. We tested the Tazo brand and didn't have any luck, but the Bigelow brand was perfect. Remember, they’re called experiments for a reason, sometimes it take a couple tries. 

2. Empty out the inside and brush the inside of the tea bag out. You will be left with clean white cylinder. 

 3. Using a black marker, draw a simple ghost face.

4. Stand your ghost up on a pan or cookie sheet (anything heat safe would work).

5. Carefully light all the way around the top of the tea bag.

6. The tea bag will burn quick! But just when you think it will burn all the way down your ghost will take flight! **tea bag does fly high, and is important to light it where it is safe. 

7. Using a plate, catch your "ghost"!

Give this experiment a try; you are sure to leave your little ones asking for more.