As the leaves start to fall and Halloween approaches, it’s time to get into the spirit of things! Fear not for your kids because there’s a spooky way that they can enjoy this holiday season. The spinning ghost copter is an easy Halloween craft project made on paper aerodynamics principles. The way the paper ghost hands are cut and folded would make it spin as it falls, just like the way a helicopter blades spin. This Halloween-themed craft and science activity will allow them to be creative without requiring any prior experience or materials – just scissors and a lot of imagination (and maybe some pens).
Materials required FOR THE HALLOWEEN GHOST CRAFT
You will need
STEPS TO MAKE THE SPINNING GHOST COPTER
- Gather all the materials.
2. Download or draw the ghost template and cut it out at the solid lines. Download the GhostCopterTemplate here.
3. Fold the wings at the dashed line. Fold one side away from you.
4. Fold the other wing toward your side.
5. Fold the flaps on the lower body at the dashed line to the back. Glue the flaps together.
6. Fold the lower part of the ghost body upward to give some weight and secure it with a tape.
7. The Ghost copter is ready, release it from a height and see it spin.
SCIENCE BEHIND THE HALLOWEEN GHOST COPTER
When you drop the paper ghost, it will spin for a few seconds before slowing down. To begin spinning, the ghost copter requires a certain amount of vertical space. When dropped from a height, gravity pulls the ghost copter down, while air rushes out from beneath the ghost wings in all directions. The air resists the movement and pushes up against each of the wings individually, causing some of the thrust to become a sideways or horizontal push, causing the ghost copter to spin.
If you add paper clips to the body of the ghost copter, it gains weight and reduces air resistance, but it also increases the amount of air hitting the ghost wings, causing the wings to spin faster.
Change the shape and size of your ghost’s wings to see how slowly it can spin and fall to the ground. Have some fun with it.
All of these Halloween crafts and science activities are perfect for kids. If you’re looking for a little spooky fun, we hope our ideas will help make your future Halloween celebrations memorable ones! We also have tons of other resources if you need more inspiration as well as advice on how to create the best Halloween party for kids possible. Whether it’s just one day or an entire month, October has something special in store for everyone. What type of Halloween activities are you planning in 2021?