Making straw rockets is a great playdate activity. We also make straw rockets a lot on rainy afternoons. They are so easy to set up, make, and clean up, they’ve become one of my favorite suggestions to the kids. It’s something they are always excited to do, and there’s really no mess, except cleaning up (what remains of) the rockets after you’re done!
How To Make Straw Rockets
- Printer paper (light-weight paper)
- Tape (or glue)
- Cut a piece of 8 x 11 printer paper into 12 pieces. If you are holding the paper so the long sides are on the side and the shorter side on the top, you’d cut 6 lines across, and then 1 line down the center. Each piece is about 2″ by 4″ – but they really do not have to be exact at all.
- Decorate the paper. We usually use crayons or markers. Stickers are fun – but can weigh down your rocket!
- Roll the paper strip loosely around the straw.
- Tape the roll along the edge to keep it rolled. You could also use glue – but my kids usually want the results right away, and don’t want to wait for it to dry!
- Fold the top of the paper tube down and tape it. We just fold it the tube down, but you could also fold the edges in if you wanted it to look a little neater from the front.
- Put the paper tube on the straw – and blow!
There lots of ways to play with the rocket straws – race them, aim them at targets, see how far you can blow them, blow multiple rockets at once!
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