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Aviation Activities for Kids

String Rocket Races

String Rocket races are a blast!
String Rocket races are a blast!
©2007 Publications International, Ltd.

When you plan String Rocket Races, tell your kids to invite some friends over for the rocket race show.

How to Make String Racing Rockets

What You'll Need:

  • Small Milk Carton
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Markers
  • Soda Straw
  • Masking Tape
  • Kite String
  • Long Balloons

Step One: Cut the bottom (the square end) off a small milk carton and discard. Spread glue on the outside of the remaining milk carton, and cover it with aluminum foil. Smooth the foil with your fingers to make sure it's all stuck down.

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Step Two: Use markers to draw windows on your rocket, with an astronaut looking out. Cut a 1-inch piece of soda straw. Tape it on top of the milk carton.

Step Three: Thread the string through the straw. Tie one end of the string to a tree limb 10 to 20 feet away. Tie the other end of the string to a chair or limb.

Step Four: Put a balloon in the rocket, with the nozzle facing back. Blow up the balloon as big as you can. Release, and watch your rocket go!

Step Five: For rocket races, set up 2 string rockets. (Balloons are choking hazards -- keep them away from small children.)

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