Cereal boxes don't have to come with toys in them--the entire cereal box can become a toy rocket. You can use any cereal box to make your rocket, although you will need a few household supplies in order to make it properly. If a child is making the rocket from the cereal box he will need adult supervision. Your cereal box rocket will be able to fly, once your imagination engages to warp speed.
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Things you need
- Empty cereal box
- Cellophane tape
- Coloured markers
- White glue
- Empty kitchen towel roll
- Four empty toilet paper rolls
Put newspaper down on a table. Cut out the front of the empty cereal box with the scissors. Place the front of the empty cereal box down on the newspaper.
Cut the empty cereal box front diagonally from one corner to the opposing corner with the scissors.
Hold one of the cardboard triangles that you have now made in your left hand on the long side of the triangle with the point facing down.
Roll the top corner down to the centre of the triangle using your right hand. Hold onto the triangle with your right hand and release the hold on your left hand.
Roll the bottom corner of the triangle up with your left hand to complete making the cone. Tape the sides of the cone with cellophane tape at the top, middle and bottom.
Wad up some newspaper. Place the wadded up newspaper inside of the cone. Place the cone down on its side on the newspaper that is on the table.
Put the empty kitchen towel roll on its side down on the newspaper. Draw stars and stripes on the side of the empty kitchen roll with the coloured markers. Turn the empty kitchen towel roll over. Draw stars and stripes on the other side of the empty kitchen roll with the coloured markers.
Put the four empty toilet paper rolls down on their sides on the newspaper. Draw lightning bolts on the sides of the four empty toilet paper rolls with the coloured markers.
Turn the four empty toilet paper rolls over. Draw lightning bolts on the other sides of the four empty toilet paper rolls with the coloured markers.
Stand the empty kitchen towel roll up on the newspaper.
Put white glue on one side of one of the empty toilet paper rolls. Place the side of the toilet paper roll that has the white glue on it against one of the sides of the empty kitchen towel roll. Press the toilet paper roll against the kitchen towel roll with your fingers. Repeat with the other three toilet paper rolls.
Push the end of the empty kitchen towel roll into the bottom of the cone. Wiggle the empty kitchen towel roll to secure it to the wadded up newspaper that is inside of the cone. Pick up and "fly" your rocket around the room
Tips and warnings
- You can use clear packing tape to hold the cone together if you don't want the top of the cone to show any tape.
- Using a utility knife, instead of a scissors, requires placing many layers of newspaper or placing cardboard on the table so that the surface doesn't get scratched up.
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