Make your own STRAW ROCKET from straws, tape, and paper. Nothing could be easier. Challenge kids to compete for the farthest launching rocket or just have fun blowing these around your home.
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.
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- 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.
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See photos for inspiration.
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.
Mistakes are okay
This is an exercise in problem solving. 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.