You can launch a special rocket -- a Flying High Rocket -- in your own backyard on the Fourth of July. It's powered by a balloon and will fly high up into the air. It might not go up as high as fireworks, but then again, your parents will approve of this rocket. Remember, though, that balloons are choking hazards. Keep them away from small children.
What You'll Need:
Plastic drinking straws
Long red, white, and blue balloons
To make it, cut a straw in half. Fold the tip of one straw and insert it into the end of the other until it is all the way inside.
Slide the neck of a balloon over one end of your double straw, and secure it with a rubber band.
Cut a 3-inch-square piece of paper, and fold it in half. This will be your rocket's fin, which you can decorate with patriotic designs. Then use a pencil to poke a hole through the middle of the fin, and slide it over the double straw.
To make your rocket fly, hold the rubber band around the balloon's neck and blow through the straw. Make sure that no one is in the way, and then when the balloon is full, let go of your rocket.
Your rocket should fly high. Experiment with different shapes and sizes of rocket fins. The fin controls the rocket's path. Get your friends together for some high-flying fun!
While you have your friends together, why not set up a little competition with a patriotic game? The Yankee Doodle Bell game is good exercise and good fun. Find out all about it on the next page.