I needed an activity that the 8 year olds and the five year old could do together. Something easy, but fun. Something that could be simple for small fingers but could also be more details for older hands.
Trawling pinterest I came across this idea for making paper rockets at Curious Kangaroos and knew I had hit gold!
To make it manageable for the five year old I created a printable template for him to colour and cut out. Everyone helped come up with the designs for the rockets, then we printed them and set to work colouring and making them our own, ready to assemble.
To make our printable paper rockets you’ll need:
My printable blow rocket template, or some paper.
Something to colour or decorate with.
You can download the pdf printable paper rocket template here.
Now just print out the blow rocket template, colour in and cut around each rectangle.
Using a pencil, roll your rectangle around it and glue along the long edge to make a tube.
Flatten the top of your rocket and tape it closed.
Then pop your rocket over your straw and …5, 4, 3, 2, 1, blow!
Read the comments or scroll down to add your own:
Oh we did that one too, way too easy and lots of fun.
Kate Sins says
Kate – again – this is a fabulous activity! My boys are going to love it when I surprise them with this. You are genius…
We will do this tomorrow – can’t wait to give it a go with my kids. Thanks for sharing Kate!
What a brilliant idea! Thank you Kate.
What a great fun idea, and I love the simplicity of it ~ I know this will be a huge hit with my son, so have pinned :-)
Bek @ Just For Daisy says
Kate I just love this idea! :) I think it’s even something Miss Daisy could manage! Thanks, will be giving this one a go!
I have never seen this…what a fantastic idea! Love that last pic!! Shall pin it right now!
oooh I love your rocket printable, we are going to have a lot of fun with this one.
What an awesome idea. Love the printable. Thank you! Showcasing your post on Triple T Mum’s Kids Co-op Showcase on Thursday and pinning to the Kids Co-op Pinterest Board.
One word: AWESOME!
we will be doing this soon
Debs- Learn with Play says
My daughter would love this. Thanks for the idea! (and the printable!) pinning and tweeting! :)
My son just saw this over my shoulder and now cannot wait to do it. I am printing the template now and will be getting straws in the morning. Thanks! Pinned it too for safe keeping.
These are really cute, I bet the kids loved them!!
We haven’t made paper rockets for ages, I know what we’ll be doing this weekend now! These ones look like heaps of fun and so easy to make too.
these are great!!!
would love it if you could share this on my link party – http://serenityyou.blogspot.co.uk/2012/07/serenity-saturday-47.html
This is a great idea. It is very creative and uses things that many people already have at home. It would be great if you would stop by and add a link to this post to Artsy Play Wednesday on Capri + 3. It is a new linky featuring posts about arts, crafts and play activities for children. I hope to see you there.
Krissy @ B-Inspired Mama says
Oh – my kids will love this! We love shooting our straw papers at each other at restaurants. This is way better! Thanks for sharing with the Kids Co-Op!
Krys - Baby Massage says
We made these today! They were great!!! Thanks.
I actually taped across the long edge instead of gluing because I didn’t plan ahead and leave a “gluing tab” and I didn’t want to cover any of my boys’ (or my own) colouring in effort.