Over the next few weeks, we’ll be joining up with some fabulous bloggers to bring you STEAM activities for kids. In you’re not familiar with the term STEAM, it stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.
How to Make Rockets with Mini M&M’s Tubes
Our first attempt at a rocket powered Lego car involved mini M&M’s tubes and Alka Seltzer. It didn’t work for the Lego car, but we did discover a cool way to make paper rockets!
Start by eating a tube of mini M&M’s. 🙂 Cut the lid off so that it is no longer attached.
Then create a paper rocket to fit on the lid. We used hot glue to attach the rocket to the lid.
To launch, fill your tube about 1/3 with water and drop in 1/2 Alka Seltzer tablet. Quickly snap on the lid and wait for the launch!
Try giving your kids the materials and letting them experiment with which amounts work the best. Filling up the tube with water and using a lot of Alka Seltzer does not yield the best results. You need room for the gas to build up and create pressure on the lid. It’s fun to let kids work out that problem on their own!
This could be an indoor or outdoor activity – it’s not super messy, and any spills can be quickly wiped up.
Ready to see our rocket in action?
Be sure to stop by the other posts in this series!