Maker Monday: Kids can make this rocket launcher from paper and straws
Here’s a fun Maker Monday activity for creative kids. They can design an air-propelled rocket launcher out of paper and drinking straws.
The making process is a lot of fun — and once the rocket launcher is made, kids can explore the science behind the action. For example, how does the angle of launching the rocket affect the distance it travels? Try out different angles and record the results. Also, experiment with different rocket shapes. Race your rockets with friends to see whose goes highest or farthest.
This Maker Monday project comes from a Remake Learning session at Avonworth Primary Center. You’ll be able to do it with materials you have around the house or can pick up at a dollar store.
A note to kid makers: Please work with a parent or caregiver on this Maker Monday project and always be very careful when using tools of any kind.
Maker Monday Materials:
- drinking straws (in two diameter sizes — some thicker than others)
- markers or crayons
Step One: Fold a piece of paper in fours and cut along the creases, so you have four pieces. On one piece, draw your rocket ship. Then color it with markers or crayons. Once your rocket ship picture is finished, cut it out.
Step Two: Cut a larger-thickness drinking straw in half. Flatten one end of the straw and seal that end shut with tape. Attach it to the back of the rocket with tape (see above) with the sealed end pointing to the top of the rocket.
Step Three: Slide a smaller-width straw into the wider straw that you have taped to the back of the rocket. A section of the thinner straw will be sticking out the bottom. Now you’re ready to launch: Hold the end of the thinner straw and give it a big puff of air. Watch the rocket take off!