Magic Opening Ghosts

This very simple science activity is a fun take on a magic opening flowers investigation. It’s also part of my Halloween paper science experiment pack containing 5 easy paper based activities for Halloween.

The idea is to fold the ghosts up and watch as they open in the water. This happens because paper is made of lots of fibres which absorb the water making the paper expand slightly and the ghost shape open up!

paper ghosts and a tray of water for a science activity

You’ll need

Ghost template





Carefully cut out the ghost shapes from the template ( or draw your own ).

Fold up the legs, arms and feet.

Pour about 1cm of clean water into a tray.

Place the ghosts on the surface of the water.

Watch as they open up!

Magic opening ghosts template for a science activity
Paper ghosts in a tray of water for

If you like this science activity you’ll love my other spooky science ideas for Halloween!

Template for a magic opening ghost activity

Last Updated on October 30, 2022 by Emma Vanstone

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