This is such an exciting, fun activity to do that takes only a few things you already have around your house!
Take an unused teabag. Carefully remove the staple, empty its contents and...
stand the empty teabag on a non-flammable surface like a tall cylinder. If you have any holes in the teabag, this demonstration will not work. If you have trouble removing the staple without making the staple hole any bigger, than trim off the end of the teabag that has the staple with scissors. If you do this, however, it needs to be a straight cut so that the tea bag can stand up on the surface you are using and you don't want to cut off too much because you want a long cylinder.
Light the top of it on fire with a match or lighter.
It will burn down quite a bit and you will begin to think that it is just going to burn up and nothing will happen.
And then, suddenly, whooosh....it takes off!
It's a fun demonstration that they will want to see again and again.
Originally published Jun 11, 2012