Here’s an easy way to make straw rockets using just a few materials. This project makes a great addition to a unit on physics, space, the night sky, or things that fly and is also just fun to do on a rainy day!
This activity makes a great science exploration and is perfect for the classroom. Kids can compare how different angles of the straw affect the distance the rocket travels or how adding fins or folding the rocket in different ways can affect its flight.
Materials for Making Straw Rockets
- Tape or glue dots
- Plastic pipettes (or straws with a larger diameter than the other set of straws)
- Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
- Free Rocket Template – Click here to get yours!
Directions for Making Straw Rockets
1. Print out the free rocket template. Color the rockets and cut them out.
- If you don’t have any plastic pipettes handy, you can use a straw instead. (Just make sure this straw is wider than the other straw you’ll be using for launching.) Cut the straw to fit the length of the rocket and tape one end shut so it’s completely sealed. Attach it to your rocket with glue dots or tape.
3. Slip a straw into your pipette, and you’re ready to launch!
4. Give your straw a big puff of air, and watch it take off!