Friday, August 22, 2014

KIDS CRAFT: Rocket Jumper: Easy, Quick and Cheap and Great for Space Parties

 

Last weekend we went to the Columbia Space Center and learned how to make a GREAT toddler + rocket!  My kids are 5 and 7 and they had a blast making and launching these inexpensive "Rocket Jumpers".

These rockets can be used on any surface and quick and cheap to make.  They jump to about 3-4 feet high and is safe for even the toddlers.

Things you need:

  • 2 Sturdy plastic cups
  • 2 Rubber bands
  • Tape
  • Coloring markers/crayons etc.
  • Rocket printable (free download below)

Step 1.

Cut (4) 1 inch slits in one of the plastic cups directly across from each other

Step 2.  

Cut each of the rubber bands so you have 4 pieces

Step 3. 

Tie a knot in each end of the rubber band pieces and slide them through the slits so the knots are on the outside and the rubber bands make an X inside

Step 4.

Tape the knots onto the cups

Step 5.

Have child color their rocket printable and cut out the rocket.  Tape the rocket onto the cup.

Step 6.

Place the "Rocket Jumper" onto the 2nd cup and hold it down by the edges of the bottom and let it fly!


I hope your kids have as much fun making these as mine did!  Feel free to print out as many rockets as you like for the project.  If you like this project, please share it with others.

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