Make straw rockets! This simple rocket activity kept my crew busy for a long time, and it’s so simple to do! Blow into the straw and launch your rocket. Then do it again and again!
We put these rockets together in about 10 min. The longest part was waiting for the glue gun to heat up!
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Here’s what you’ll need to make one:
- Straws – we used one regular sized straw and one large straw for each rocket. Many grocery stores carry milkshake straws that are great for the rocket part. Or you can just order large straws on Amazon.
- Duct tape – we used the narrow 3/4 inch wide kind, but any kind is fine.
- Craft foam
- Hot glue
First, cut off a section of the milkshake straw. Cover one end with duct tape. Make sure that it’s totally sealed with no openings for air to escape.
Then cut 3 small triangles out of craft foam. These will be the fins for the rocket.
Hot glue your fins to the base of the straw, and you’re all set! Grab a regular straw for launching the rocket. Ours were bendy straws, which was fun because we could bend up one end to hold the rocket. It will work either way, though. You can either launch the rocket straight up, or blow it forward.
Then it’s time to play! Load your rocket on the end of the straw.
Then give it a firm blow. That’s all there is to it! It goes higher than this – I tried to catch it on the way up because otherwise I couldn’t fit my son and the rocket in the same photo!
Janie is 3, and she was quite impressed with this activity.
For some reason she just had to fling the straw up as she blew, so the rocket ended up going over her head and behind her almost every time. Ha!
Putting the rocket back on the straw provides great fine motor practice for this age group!
Have fun playing!
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