Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

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Have you ever seen a homeschool science experiment that made you say, “Wow, I want to try that!”? The Tea Bag Ghost Experiment is one of those experiments.

This easy but exciting science experiment will leave your kids fascinated this Halloween or any time of the year. (Well, that’s if they’re not scared of ghosts! lol)

But don’t worry, you will love how cute this little ghost lifts! And if you want to know why you can try this simple experiment now.

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Read on to find out how to do this Ghost Experiment.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

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The Flying Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

Homeschooling can be a lot of fun. You can do experiments that you wouldn’t ordinarily have time for, and dig deep into topics that interest you.

One homeschool experiment that’s always a hit is the Tea Bag Ghost Experiment. It’s a spooky and easy way to teach about the relationship between fire, air density, and how hot air rises.

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Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

What do you need?

Disposable Tea BagsDisposable Tea BagsLarge Chisel Tip Permanent Marker, BlackLarge Chisel Tip Permanent Marker, BlackBIC Multi-Purpose LighterBIC Multi-Purpose Lighter

 

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment Supplies

Tea Bag Ghost Instructions

  1. Create a straight edge by cutting the top part from the tea bag.
Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

2. Unfold the tea bag. Make sure to empty the contents.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

3. Using a black permanent marker, draw the face of the ghost towards the bottom of the tea bag.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

4. Shape the tea bag into a cylinder and stand it on the non-flammable surface in a draft-free location.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

5. Light the top of the tea bag on fire.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

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How does the flying tea bag ghost experiment work?

As the tea bag burns, the air density on the inside of the tea bag will change, resulting in a lift of the final pieces.

The tea bag appears to be floating or flying because hot air is less dense than cold air. The heat from the fire makes the air molecules inside the tea bag expand, making the air around it denser. As a result, the tea bag rises until it reaches an area with colder and less dense air.

Be aware that some tea bags lift higher and faster than others. Some may burn all the way down before blowing. The humidity in the air may also change the flight of the tea bag.

Looking for more? Try these fun Halloween activities for 1st graders! I’m sure your little one will have a blast this Halloween with these activities.

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

Tea Bag Ghost Experiment

Materials

  • Flat tea bags
  • Black permanent markers
  • Lighter
  • Non-flammable surface

Instructions

  1. Create a straight edge by cutting the top part from the tea bag.
  2. Unfold the tea bag. Make sure to empty the contents.
  3. Using a black permanent marker, draw the face of the ghost towards the bottom of the tea bag.
  4. Shape the tea bag into a cylinder and stand it on the non-flammable surface in a draft-free location.
  5. Light the top of the tea bag on fire.

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Do you see how easy this is? Just make sure your child is supervised while doing this experiment. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Now gather those tea bags and start learning about the science behind this experiment so next time you see a flying tea bag, remember that it’s not magic… just science!

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