Backyard Activities for Kids

High-Flying Rocket

Make a High Flying Rocket and watch it soar!
Make a High Flying Rocket and watch it soar!
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Teach your kids how to make a High-Flying Rocket, and let them launch a patriotic rocket in their own backyard! This balloon rocket will fly high in the air, just like fireworks. Get your friends together for some high-flying fun!

How to Make a High-Flying Rocket

What You'll Need:

  • Plastic Drinking Straws
  • Scissors
  • Long Red, White, and Blue Balloons
  • Rubber Bands
  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Markers
  • Pencil

Step One: To make a rocket, cut a straw in half. Fold the tip of 1 straw in half, and insert it into the end of the other straw half until it is all the way inside.

Step Two: Slide the neck of a balloon over 1 end of your double straw, and secure it with a rubber band.

Step Three: 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. Use a pencil to poke a hole through the middle of the fin, and slide it over the double straw.

Step Four: To make your rocket fly, hold the rubber band around the balloon's neck and blow through the straw. When the balloon is full of air, let your rocket go! Make sure that no one is in the way before you let go. Your rocket should fly high.

Step Five: Experiment with different shapes and sizes of rocket fins. The fin controls the rocket's path.

NOTE: Balloons are choking hazards -- be sure to keep them away from small children. Discard all broken balloons immediately.

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