Static Electricity Ghost
Updated: Oct 17, 2020
Let's use some household items to make a spooky dancing ghost!
Tissue paper (you can also try computer paper, newspaper, toilet paper, and other kinds of paper!)
Cut ghost shapes about 1.5 to 2 inches long from the different kinds of paper you want to test
Tape just the very edge of the ghosts' tails to the table, so they don't fly away!
Blow up a balloon
Rub the balloon across your head for 10-20 seconds really quickly.
Then, slowly move the balloon over your ghosts one at a time, until they start to dance!
Reflect on what you've done and extend this activity:
Why does this happen? When you rub the balloon in your hair, the surface of the balloon gets covered with negatively-charged electrons. These electrons can pull very light, positively-charged things towards them, creating our dancing ghost. Spooky!
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