Carefully separate the layers of your tissue and pull them apart. We want our tissue paper to be very thin for this activity.
Draw ghosts on your tissue pieces then cut them out.
Tape the bottom of each ghost to your work surface with clear tape.
Blow up a balloon then rub it against your hair or against wool. A fluffy wool sweater or blanket will work!
While you work on your experiment, ask your scientist some questions:
Before you hold your balloon over the ghosts, ask your scientist what you think will happen. This called a hypothesis.
What happened when you rubbed the balloon against your hair or with wool?
What do you think would happen if we didn’t pull the tissue apart?
Hold your balloon 3-4 inches above your ghosts and move it around to make them rise up from the grave and dance! *If nothing happens right away, try moving the balloon closer to the ghosts or rubbing the balloon again.
Take the experiment further:
How many ghosts can you lift up at once?
How far away can you hold the balloon from the ghosts and still make them move?
What happens if you use different thicknesses of paper? What about different types of paper? Why do you think some types and thicknesses of paper work better than others?