Your preschoolers will love this easy and fun activity.
Straw rockets are a blast to play with and can be used to facilitate the learning of math skills such as measurement and counting backwards.
Assembly is easy, preschoolers can complete their rocket with little adult support.
Print the rocket of your choice, either color or B&W. Your preschooler may enjoy adding their own flair to their rocket using the B&W version.
Begin by cutting out the rocket. When preschoolers cut their own rocket out they are working on hand-eye coordination and developing fine motor skills.
Wrap a square of paper, about 2 inches long, around the end of the straw and secure with tape.
Alternately you can simply use an additional straw that is slightly wider and cut down to about 2 inches.
Fold the paper over at the end, or if using an additional straw simply cover with tape. The goal is for air not to flow through the end.
Remove the straw and tape the piece of paper to the back of your rocket.
Insert the straw into the paper on the back
Countdown from 10 to 1 and then....blast off!
Blow into the straw to launch the rocket!
Extend this activity
This activity can be extended in many fun ways. Here are a few ideas:
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