Straw Air Rockets

This is a project we had fun testing with Kiwi Crate, a new hands-on kit of monthly projects that launches  soon. Follow their fun blog for more.

We’ve been having the best time shooting air rockets out of milkshake/boba tea straws (found in our supermarket) The baby enjoyed seeing the rockets fly overhead while chasing them around the room, while my three year old challenged herself to shoot these far and wide.


  • Milkshake straws
  • Copy, Printer, or other light weight paper
  • Transparent Tape

You’ll want to roll the paper into a tube that will cover most of the straw. Cut a piece of paper large enough to roll around a straw, leaving a 1″-2″ tab that can be taped closed over the other side of paper. Cut another small piece of paper and attach it to the end of the paper tube. Seal it shut. See photos for more direction.

Place the paper tube on top of the straw, move into a wide open space, and blow. What you don’t see here is my one-year old laughing hysterically each time a paper tube shot over her head.This was the third day we played with these over a three week period, and it still caught my kids’ attention. If you decide to try this and it doesn’t work, the worst thing that could happen is that you’ll be stuck with some milkshake straws that may need to be put to work in a more traditional way! Mmmmm.

Have you ever tried to make a paper rocket? What do you think?

More rockets

This project is shared with It’s Playtime, Running with Glitter


    • rachelle says

      It’s ridiculously fun, and so easy to make. Isn’t the FB fan thing crazy? Seems like it was yesterday that we had 2! Thanks Melissa.

    • rachelle says

      Hi Liga, I basically meant the type of paper that can be used in a copy machine or printer. Thanks for the question — I edited the materials to make this more clear. Cheers, Rachelle

  1. says

    Very cool! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I love yours. It’s nice to meet you. I love taking my kids to museums and doing science projects. So glad you found me! But, do you have GFC? How do I follow?

    • rachelle says

      Awesome! it’s nice to meet you too. I’m not set up on GFC, but I am on Facebook and Twitter. Facebook link is up top, and twitter is TinkerLabTweets.

  2. says

    oh! i love this idea!! and am quite sure my boys will be crazy about it too…brings to mind my malt shop days…blowing the paper from the straw across the table at my brother. thank you for sharing 🙂