Science Sunday: Ghostly Static

As we continued with our Static Electrictiy
study this past week
(you can see what else we have learned
about Static Electricity by clicking
we brought some "spooks"...
...into our Science studies.

I stumbled upon this
Halloween Science Experiment
over at Science Bob,
and it just fit in SO WELL with our
Static Electricity unit, 
we had to give it a go...


We "tweaked" our experiment a bit
from the original by using
coffee filters for our ghosts
(instead of tissues)
paper towels to charge our balloons
(instead of our hairs).


After charging...
...the balloons with paper towels...
...we carefully placed the balloons near
one of the "ghosts"...

...and watched as it was "eerily" drawn up to
the balloon.


We found....

...that it was easy to get the ghosts... stick to the balloons,
but getting them to "float" took a bit more finesse.

However, after a few tries...
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...we had out little ghosties
dancing all over the table!


So, why does this work?

Science Bob explains it like this:

When you rub the balloon through your hair,  
(or with the paper towel)
invisible electrons (with a negative charge)
build up on the surface of the balloon.
The electrons have the power to pull very light objects
(with a positive charge) toward them
– in this case, the tissue ghost
(the coffee filter ghost).

Just boo-tastic!


For more spooky-
and not-so-spooky-
fun with Science,
head on over to Science Sunday...

And for other fun activities to do
with your kiddos,
check out the
Living Life Intentionally Linkie Party
ABC's and 123's: Show and Tell...


  1. This is a cute idea to demonstrate static electricity. The kids look like they are enjoying their lesson.

  2. Static electricity is soooo much fun - except the whole car door in the winter shock - that one isn't as fun.

  3. This is SO cool! I love your experiment and know my son would too. Thanks for sharing!

  4. What a clever idea!! I am starting a Linky Party if you want to link up at

  5. Visiting from Living Life Intentionally Linky Pary - great Science idea. Thanx

  6. cool idea. found you at lli linky party.

  7. how cool! Love how they float - very spooky indeed! Would love for you to stop by & share on the Sunday Showcase (open thru Thursday!) at


  8. Those felt ghosts are such a great idea! Thank you for linking up to the The Sunday Showcase