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Maker Monday: UFO Hovercraft

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Sally Quinn
May14/ 2018

Maker Monday moves into outer space with this fun STEAM project. The air-propelled UFO Hovercraft sets imaginations on overdrive as it scoots across a table or floor.

The balloon pushes a cushion of air that lifts the hovercraft slightly off the surface so it dashes about. Try competing with a fleet of UFO Hovercrafts in a mad swirl of flying saucers.

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Supplies:

Balloons

CD or DVD

Plastic bottle cap

Glue gun

Markers

Tack

Twist tie

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Decorate the CD or DVD with markers to create your UFO. Go for old-school Marvin the Martian or a Star Wars-themed Millennium Falcon.

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Pierce a plastic bottle cap with a tack, making about 8-10 holes.

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With a glue gun, edge the bottle cap with glue and attach to center of DVD. Ring the cap with glue to be sure it is airtight. Let cool and harden.

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Blow up the balloon, give it a twist, and close with the twist tie.

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Stretch the balloon opening over the bottle cap. Holding the balloon shut, remove the twist tie and let it go! The UFO Hovercraft will slide over any smooth surface until the air runs out. To play some more, simply remove the balloon, blow it up and go again!

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For more Maker Monday projects and other fun stuff for kids, visit the Kidsburgh Activities page.

Sally Quinn

Sally Quinn is an award-winning writer and editor who has been covering her favorite city for more than 20 years. She welcomes comments and story ideas for Kidsburgh.

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