Outer Space Parachute

Create a space module to parachute from space.

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    To make a space module, cover a cup with aluminum foil.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Decorate the module with stickers, markers, or paint.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    To make a parachute, cut a square from a plastic grocery bag (about 12 in. x 12 in. or 30.5 x 30.5 cm). Cut 4 pieces of yarn in equal lengths. Punch a hole in each corner of the plastic bag. Tie one piece of yarn on each corner of the parachute.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Once all 4 strings are tied onto the parachute, gather them and guide them through a hole in the top of the module/cup. I poked a hole in the cup using a nail.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Tie a double knot with the pieces of yarn on the underside of the module/cup to secure it. Now you are ready for action!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    From a high point, hold the parachute from the top.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Drop your space module and see where it lands.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Done!

    Have a race with 2 space modules. Can your space module land on a target on the ground? My kids had hours of fun with this! Up and down the stairs they went to race, fly, and experiment with their space modules.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

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