Straw Rockets

How fast do you think a rocket needs to go in order to launch into orbit? A shuttle needs to go from 0 to 18,000 miles per hour to get to space! (This is 9 times faster than the speed of a rifle bullet!) While these paper straw rockets don't fly nearly as fast, we had a bunch of fun watching them zoom off. Give it a try and see how well your rockets fly!

  1. Ages: 3 - 16

  2. <30 minutes

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Each straw will act as a rocket launcher. To create your paper rockets, cut out 3" by 3" (7.6 x 7.6 cm) pieces of paper. Each piece of paper will be a rocket.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Tip

    For this project, regular copy paper works better than thicker cardstock.

  • Step 2

    Roll a piece of paper around a straw and tape down the edge to form a tube around the straw. Make sure the paper isn't rolled too tightly around the straw so that it can slide up and down.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Slide the paper about half an inch above the straw. Fold the top edge down and secure it with tape.

    You have now made a paper rocket! Make as many rockets as you like before moving onto the next step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Using markers, pipe cleaners and googly eyes, decorate what you'll add on to the rockets!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Done!

    Attach the rocket decorations onto the paper rockets with glue or tape. With your rockets on one end of the straws, blow on the other end and watch your rockets blast off into the air!

    How far can you shoot your rockets? Grab a friend and see whose rocket goes farther!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

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