Creating homemade rockets is an excellent way to teach your children about science and physics. Each person can design his rocket and, once the project is complete, compete with other family members to see which rocket launches the furthest and which looks the most authentic. Toy rocket making is uncomplicated and requires just a few common household items. This craft project is also a valuable way to recycle items that normally wind up in trash bins.
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Things you need
- Sheet of paper
- 35mm film canister (inside-fitting lid)
- Cellophane tape
- Drinking glass
- Fizzing antacid tablets
- Paper towels
- Protective glasses
Cut a strip from the sheet of paper that is long enough to wrap around the sides of the film canister. Roll it onto the empty canister and secure it with the tape.
Cut out paper triangle shapes for the fins on your rocket. This step is optional--the less your rocket weighs, the further it will travel.
Place a large drinking glass onto the paper. Trace a circle around the glass and cut it out. Cut a triangle-shaped wedge out of the circle shape, with the point of the triangle toward the middle. Discard the triangle wedge.
Roll the circle shape, with the triangle cut out of it, into a nose cone for the top of the rocket. Tape it to the end of the canister that does not have an opening.
Put on your eye protection.
Turn the rocket upside down and remove the lid from the canister.
Fill approximately 1/3 of the canister with water.
Break a fizzing antacid tablet in half, drop it into the canister and quickly replace the lid.
Place your rocket on a flat surface immediately, such as a sidewalk, and back up a few feet to watch the homemade rocket take off.
Tips and warnings
- The film canister must be the type with a lid that fits inside the container.
- Decorate your rocket with crayons or markers.
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