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3. 2. 1. Blastoff! This paper rocket is based on actual NASA blueprints, and will really fly. With a few simple materials and a little handiwork, you’ll be able to blast off into infinity and beyond in no time!
- Place your plastic cup on a clean area of the paper, bottom side down.
- Trace around the bottom to make a perfect circle.
- Make a small dot in the center of the circle.
- Draw a small triangle with the tip ending at the circle. It should look like a slice of pie that is about 1/8th the size of the circle.  X Research source
- Cut out the triangle piece. Now your circle will look like Pacman.
- Fold down the right and left flaps to form a cone. It will look kind of like a teepee or a party hat.
- Hold it on the top and bottom with two hands and twirl it around in your finger to turn it into a pointy cone.
- Use tape to seal the cone. One piece should be enough to hold the seams in place and keep your cone tight, like a dunce cap or ice cream cone.
- Put the cone on one of the rocket ends and tape them together.
- It’s okay if the cone is a little bigger than the body, just make sure you mold it tightly around the cylinder and tightly seal it with tape.
- You can test the seal by blowing into the open end of the cylinder. If some air leaks out, use more tape to seal it up.
Take your time, there’s no rush. You want your rocket body to be sleek and clean, so try to cut true to the lines you drew.  X Research source
- Place the corner of your square at the tip of the pencil with the rest of the paper pointing towards the eraser.
- Wrap the paper tightly around the pencil. You want to make this as tightly wrapped as possible. Keep rolling until you use all the paper to make a small, tight cylinder around the pencil.
- Carefully wiggle the pencil out of the cylinder while holding the paper so that it stays rolled.
- Gently use the thumb and forefinger of your other hand to push down on the top and bottom of the cylinder to make sure it’s even.
- Tape around the seams in three different places (top, middle, bottom) to make sure the cylinder stays rolled. Now you’ve got a body for your rocket!
- You want the shortest part of your triangle to be at the base of the cylinder, with the tall vertical part running up the cylinder’s body.
- The diagonal part of the triangle (also called the hypotenuse) should look like a fin extending from the body of your rocket.
About This Article
To make a paper rocket, cut out a 5 by 5 inch paper square, a paper circle the size of a plastic cup, and two paper triangles that are 2 inches long and 1 inch wide. Wrap the paper square around a pencil tightly so it forms a cylinder, tape it, and remove it from around the pencil. Cut the circle so it looks like Pacman, tape it into a cone, and tape the cone to the top of the cylinder. Finally, tape the two triangles to the bottom of the cylinder to create wings. You now have a paper rocket! For tips on how to fly your rocket, scroll down!
By ManpreetP Follow
Here’s how you can make your own paper rocket very easily. you can launch it and if made accurately can go up to 1000 feet in the air. its really amazing and you’ll enjoy making it and of course sending it high in the air.
check out the video for more info.
Step 1: Material Required
You’ll need the following materials which are very easily available at home.
1. A sheet of paper ( A4 works best )
3.a big rubber band or elastic band.
once you’ve got these material you’re all set for the launch .
Step 2: Getting Started
So in the first step make a vertical crease in the centre of the paper and fold as shown in the images along the crease
Follow the folds show in the image , make creases shown and fold along them.
After done with step 3 fold the paper on the vertical crease.
Now make a crease as shown and fold along it.
Now once you’re done with step 4 make a small diagonal cut on the open side of the rocket as shown in the image.
Now open the rocket from the vertical crease. you’ll have 2 diagonal cuts on both sides of the rocket.
fold the lower part of the rocket ( part below the cut ) on both sides as show in the images.
Now again close the rocket by folding along the vertical crease as show in the image.
Step 9: All Set for the Launch
You’re now all set for the launch.
to launch take 2 rubber bands and join the together as show in the image and then hook one end of the band in the cut of the rocket and hold the other in your hand now pull back the rocket as much as you can an launch high in the air .
Don’t point the rocket or shoot it on anyone’s face, it goes really fast. its the quality of the rubber band which decides how high your rocket will go. with a good quality elastic band it goes up to a 1000 feet
Do you have a little astronaut in the family who’s fascinated with outer space, aliens, and extraterrestrial life? He or she will love learning how to make a toy rocket. There are eight different ways to approach your DIY rocket ship, each using different materials. Whichever method you choose, this post covers some great rocket ideas for school projects or just for fun for your little one!
How to Make a Rocket Ship that Flies
Perhaps you’ve made homemade rocket ships for your children before – something for them to play inside of that inspires their imagination. But we want to show you how to make a toy rocket that can fly! These nifty DIY rockets can actually take-off after the countdown, using a little basic science and some materials from home.
Paper Tube Rockets
At first glance, paper tube rockets may seem ordinary. But watch the video in the tutorial and check out how you can make them fly! This tutorial also comes with a free template to make the process that much easier at home. This project is super simple, so you can guide your son or daughter through the process or leave them to their own devices!
Using this bottle rocket tutorial, you can learn how to use water pressure to create a DIY rocket ship that actually flies. We all know how excitable little kids can be, and it’s a pure delight watching their little faces light up when you show them something extra special like this. You’ll need to supervise them on this DIY space mission, but it’s a lovely way to bond with everyone in the family.
This tutorial is a fantastic option if you’re working on a rocket project for your child’s science class. You can introduce your kids to some basic science, as this rocket uses Alka-seltzer to get off the ground. What’s better than a fun activity that actually helps your kids learn something along the way?
How to Make a Space Rocket out of Recycled Materials
Many parents like to teach their children about recycling from a young age. Why not bring the sustainability conversation into your kids’ playtime, too? If you want to show your kid how to make a rocket from recycled materials, you can use the two methods shown below.
The Box Rocket from Kate’s Creative Space is bound to be a hit with your little ones. This recycled rocket ship is big enough for children to play in and comes with some cool design elements that will make it feel like the real deal.
Paper Straw Rockets
This rocket ship tutorial will show you and your kids how to make a space rocket out of paper straws! These rockets aren’t just practical; they are super fun, too. Paper rockets make cool toys that can be propelled over and over again. So, get ready, get set, launch!
How to Build a Toy Rocket
If you’re looking for something creative to keep the kids entertained for a while, you can read about the sweet toy rockets below. These are also made from household materials like cardboard and paper, but they have quirky features added that make them brilliant toys, too.
Paper Space Rocket
Kids will love painting these paper tube rockets , which have cut out sections for little play astronauts to take a ride on the space vehicle. Painting and decorating the tubes also provide a fun way to spend an afternoon with your kids, and they’ll love customizing their newfound toys.
Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship
Another cute recycled rocket with a sparkly and glittery theme, these tube rocket ships are plenty of fun to build from scratch for young children. These space rockets are so simple and easy; anyone can do it.
Rocket Ship Box
Here’s a rocket your kids will enjoy since they’ll be in full control of steering its course. This rocket ship comes with extra decorations and titbits, which any kid will love to play with. You can read the tutorial on how to make them, and the kids can even paint them; however, they choose.
Further Reading for More Rocket Ideas
Crafts are our specialty, and reading up on our other posts may give you some creative inspiration for your next rocket project. You can check out some of the crafty posts listed below for more fun ways to spend time with the kids.
Making a paper rocket that you can launch by blowing through a straw is an easy hands-on activity sure to engage paper airplane folders and rocket enthusiasts alike. You can easily turn this paper-based pastime into a STEM activity by exploring the design of the paper rocket. What challenges does a straw-blown paper rocket have as it flies through the air? How can modifications to the design of the rocket help stabilize the rocket or help it fly farther?
The same crowd that enjoys comparing different paper airplane designs or turning the physics of launching balls with the Ping Pong Catapult into a target-oriented game will be quick to grasp the ways that exploring the science involved in the design of a paper rocket can influence how well and how far it flies. On the ground, we can see how design elements can be added to a product to increase stability. Why is a tricycle easier to balance than a bicycle, for example? With this week’s family science project, a fun home activity gets a boost of STEM as family’s make different paper rockets and test to see whether or not design elements like fins make a difference.
To make paper rockets with your family or students, see the Build a Paper Rocket activity.
If you and your students enjoy this science activity, you may also be interested in the following projects and activities from Science Buddies:
More Rocket Power
To extend your exploration of rockets and the aerodynamics and physics of flight and have fun with some really high-flying rockets, take a look at these projects:
Blast off! Have you ever played with a model or toy rocket, or seen a real rocket launch on TV? In this project you will make simple rockets out of paper and launch them by blowing into a drinking straw. Can you make the rocket that flies the farthest?
All flying objects, from rockets to airplanes to birds, have something in common—they need to remain stable when they fly. You are probably pretty familiar with what "stability" means for objects on the ground. Did you use training wheels when you learned how to ride a bike? Training wheels help keep the bike stable so you do not fall over. The same concept applies to things that fly. They need to stay pointed in the same direction when they fly forward, without spinning or tumbling, which could cause them to crash.
You may have noticed that rockets and missiles usually have triangular fins at their bases. The same applies to other long, skinny objects that fly through the air quickly, such as arrows. What purpose do these fins serve? Can they help the rockets fly better? Try this project to find out!
- Two pieces of paper
- Drinking straw
- Scotch tape
- Clear space in which to launch your "rockets," such as a large room, hallway or outdoor area with no wind
- Measuring tape (optional)
- Gather all of the materials you will need for the activity.
- Cut one piece of paper into four smaller rectangles, by cutting it in half lengthwise and widthwise. This will allow you to make four rockets.
- Wrap one of the paper rectangles around a pencil to form a cylinder, with the long edge of the paper along the length of the pencil.
- Tape the cylinder closed so it does not unravel (but do not tape it to the pencil).
- Slide the cylinder off the pencil. Pinch one end of the cylinder shut and seal it with tape. (This is the "front" end of your rocket.) Leave the other end open. This will be your first rocket, with no fins.
- With plenty of room in front of you—and no obstructions, such as furniture or people—prepare to launch your first rocket! Slide it over a drinking straw. Aim the straw forward, then blow into it as hard as you can. Watch your rocket as it flies. How far does it go? Does it fly straight or does it tumble in midair?
- Launch your rocket a few more times to see if it flies the same way. If you would like to record your rocket flight distances, be sure to launch it from the same place each time, and measure to the landing spot with a tape measure.
- Make another paper rocket following the previous steps. Remember to pinch one end and tape it shut.
- For this rocket, however, you will make fins. Cut out two right triangles (with a 90-degree angle in one corner) from the other piece of paper. The long sides of the triangles should be about eight centimeters. You will fold each triangle to make two fins, so you will have four fins total.
- Draw a line that splits one triangle in half (from the 90-degree corner to the middle of the long side of the triangle).
- Draw two lines parallel to the first line (one on each side), about five millimeters away from it.
- Now, fold the triangle up along these two lines. The result should be two triangles sticking up in the air (the fins), with a flat part connecting them in between.
- Tape the flat part to the side of your cylinder, toward the open end (the base, or bottom, of your rocket).
- Repeat these steps for the other triangle, and tape it to your cylinder on the opposite side of the first one. The result should be four fins that form a "+" shape when you look at the rocket from either end. If necessary, bend the fins so they are spaced out 90 degrees apart from one another.
- Slide the new rocket onto the drinking straw and launch it. How far does this rocket go? How does its flight compare with your first finless rocket? Does it go farther? Does it tumble or does it fly straight? Do you think fins help the stability of your rocket?
- Launch it a few more times. If you are measuring the flight distance of each rocket, use a tape measure and record how far it flew.
- Extra: Try different numbers of fins. For example, what happens if you only use two fins instead of four?
- Extra: Try different shapes for fins. For example, what happens if you make semicircular fins instead of triangles?
- Extra: Try attaching the fins at different points along the length of your rocket. Do the fins still work if you put them in the middle or front of the rocket instead of the back?
Observations and results
You should have seen that your finless rocket flew straight at first but quickly spiraled out of control. It might have tumbled through the air and fluttered to the ground, almost like a leaf falling from a tree. This is because the rocket did not have fins to keep it stable. If it started turning just a little bit, then it would start turning even more rapidly until it completely lost control. In contrast, your second rocket that had fins should have flown straight, and traveled much farther as a result. This is because the fins help keep the rocket stable, or pointed in the same direction. If the rocket turns a little bit, the fins help turn it back in the original direction.
This activity brought to you in partnership with Science Buddies
Engineering activities give kids a chance to develop problem solving and observations skills, to work with interesting and engaging tools and materials, and to learn how to work as a member of a team. In this activity, children get a chance to do all that—and to launch their creations into the air!
If you have not already done it, start with the Paper Rockets activity from this curriculum.
These rockets fly a long way, so this activity should be done outdoors or in a gymnasium or cafeteria. Keep the extra bicycle inner tube and 2-liter soda bottles on hand in case any part of the rocket launcher breaks. Set up a launch area outside or in a gymnasium or cafeteria. If you can, create a defined landing area with tape, chalk (if outside) or string. See Figure 1 in Resources below for two suggested layouts.
Make it Matter
Ask your students what they did last time you did the Paper Rockets activity. Did their rockets fly far and straight? Do they think they can make them fly even farther and straighter? What are some things they might change about their design to make that happen?
Design, build and launch a rocket that travels as far and as straight as possible.
Make it Happen
Doing the Activity
- Have students work in the same teams as they did in the Paper Rockets activity.
- Remind teams of the challenge (far and straight) and review the materials they have to use.
- Teams can make changes to the rockets that they made in the last session or they can build new rockets as they try different design elements. Encourage them to start from scratch if they have some new ideas to try.
- Build the rockets! If you are doing this activity inside your afterschool classroom, there will be no test launching until you take them to the launch area. Teams will have to throw their rockets to judge how well they will travel. If you are doing the activity outside or in the indoor launching spot, students can bring their prototypes to you to perform test launches.
Make it Click
Let’s Talk About It
After 10–20 minutes, when teams have done some testing of their new designs, bring them all together to talk about what they have discovered. What have they changed about their rockets to help them fly? Have each team show their rocket to the other teams. Some things to look for (don’t tell teams about these tips – let them figure these things out themselves, or learn about them when other teams mention them):
- Closed Nose – The top of the rocket (the nose or cone) needs to be closed so that no air leaks out.
- Weight – The rockets fly much better if there is some weight (paper clips, pennies or washers) at the TOP of the rocket, but not too much weight. This is an important tip, so look for teams that have added no weight, some that have added weight to the sides or bottom of their rockets and some that have added weight to the top of their rockets. How do these rockets fly differently?
- Fins – Getting these rockets to fly straight can be tricky. Look for teams that do have straight-flying rockets. What do their designs have in common? Look for teams that have added “fins” to the sides of their rockets. If no teams have thought of this, ask students to think about airplanes and how they fly through the air – what parts of the plane might help keep them flying straight?
- Diameter of the Rocket – How the rocket fits onto the rocket launcher can have a big impact on how well the rocket flies. If it is too tight on the PVC, it might not leave the launch pad at all. If it is too loose, it might not fly either.
- Angle – The angle at which the rocket is launched is one of the most important factors. A rocket that is launched straight up into the air will not travel very far (it will go a long way straight up, but the challenge is to create a rocket that travels a long distance as measured on the ground). Launching parallel to the ground will not travel very far either. Some angle in between is ideal—have kids experiment to discover which angle they think works best.
Look for these design elements and if you see any teams using a closed nose, weight, fins or a particular launch angle, point it out and ask them to describe how their rocket flew before they added the fins, weight, etc and how it did afterward.
Make it Better
Build On What They Talked About
After hearing from each team, send them back to complete the construction of their rockets. If any of the design elements mentioned above did not come up in the large group conversation, find ways to ask each team questions that will help lead them to discovering these ideas. If you would like, encourage teams to come up with a name for their rockets and to add designs to them with markers before the final launch.
When all teams have completed their rockets, bring them to the launch area and have a big “Blast-Off” where each team will talk about their design, the choices they made and then will launch their creations. Use a measuring tape or yardsticks to measure the distances traveled.
- You can have students experiment with different kinds of paper and different kinds of tape—do construction paper rockets fly differently than plain white paper rockets? How about rockets that use invisible/scotch tape vs. rockets that are made with duct tape?
- Try focusing teams on their aim rather than simply how far their rocket flies. Set up targets on the ground (maybe paper “planets” that are 2–3 feet across) and challenge teams to get as close as they can to the targets with their rockets. You could play a game similar to horseshoes, with the closest team receiving points.
- NASA knows a lot about rockets, as you might imagine. Visit their many websites for a wealth of information, images, and more activities. Here are a couple of places to start:
- A NASA rocketry page for educators – http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/rocketry/home/#.V8m3AE0rJhF
- Here is a fun online rocket-exploration game for kids – http://www.nasa.gov/externalflash/RocketScience101/RocketScience101.html
- Share some of these NASA galleries of rocket images with your students, and search for your own – there are lots out there:
Earth and Space science activities were developed with the support of NASA. This material is based upon work supported by NASA under grant award number NNX14AQ83G. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
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Every night before bedtime one of my boys asks me what fun thing we will do the next day. Most days we are too busy running around with sports, scouts and music lessons for too many extras but since they’ve been asking daily, I thought it was time to make something fun and easy.
Of course boys are obsessed with anything they can throw or shoot across the room, (Is it just my boys? ) so making a paper rocket was the perfect craft for them, plus it entertained them for quite awhile (bonus #1). And since these are small and lightweight, there is no damage done when they go shooting at one of your windows, or into your ceiling fan (because we all know that when they start shooting/throwing stuff it always hits the ceiling fan, so, bonus #2).
Paper Rocket Tutorial
Supplies you will need:
- Bendy Straws
- Glue (I used Elmer’s glue but you could probably use a glue stick. I just don’t know if it would stick as well.)
Have your kids decorate the paper they want to use for their rockets, or just use decorative scrapbook paper. Cut the paper into strips. My boys cut their own so they are not all the same but most of them are around 2″ x 5″.
Put a line of glue along one edge of the paper and roll the other end up over a pencil.
Let the glue dry a bit until it holds the paper secure.
Pinch one end of the paper tube shut and cover the end completely with tape so that no air can get through.
Slip the rocket over the long end of a bendy straw.
And then you are ready to launch! Blow through the short end of the straw and watch the rocket shoot across the room. And yes, I’m pretty proud of this action shot. (And we may or may not have had to retake and retake to finally get the rocket in motion.)
And there you have it. They literally took under 5 minutes to make and so far have provided tons of fun.
What is your favorite quick source of entertainment for your kids?
If you like quick and easy entertainment like I do, you might want to try making this easy paddle balloon game. We made ours into Angry Birds but you could always leave them plain.
By Logan Hanssen Follow
Hello everyone! This is my first instructable on how to make a paper rocket and paper rocket launcher.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Bicycle inner tube 20×1.75/2.125 works well
- Electrical tape
- 14 3-1/2 inch deck screws
- 1 2×12 4 feet long
- 1 2×6 4 feet long and 2 1 foot long sections
- 1 1 inch PVC 4 feet long
- 3/8 inch bolt, nut, and washer
- 2 liter bottle (not pictured)
- Paper (letter size)
- Scotch tape
- 3/8 inch drill bit
- Tape measure
- PVC pipe cutter or saw
- 9/16 wrench (not pictured)
- Ruler (not pictured)
Step 2: The Launcher
Drill a hole with the 3/8 drill bit 1 foot down and centered, from the top of your 4 foot long 2×6
Step 3: Assembling the Launcher
I haven’t found a easy way to do this yet but this is how i did it. You will need a helper. Center the 2×6 with the hole in it, on the 2×12. Use the side of the 2×6 farthest away from the hole. Put 2 screws in the bottom. I did this by making a T with the 2×12 on the top.
Step 4: Add the Bracing
Add the bracing on either side of the 2×6. There should be 3 screws on the bottom and 2 screws on the side which is not touching the upright 2×6
Step 5: The Launcher Arm
Drill a hole 1 foot down from you 4 foot long PVC pipe. Then take the 3/8 inch bolt, nut, and flat washer and put them in this order: Bolt, 2×6 with hole, PVC pipe, washer, and then the nut. Tighten this with the wrench on one side and your hand on the other. This shouldn’t be to tight, just enough to hold the arm without it falling down.
Step 6: Attaching the Inner Tube
Cut the inner tubs so it is one long tube. Then stretch it over the short end of the launcher arm about 1.5 inches. Wrap this tightly with electrical tape so it will not come off.
Step 7: Launcher Air Supply
Now, take the other end of the inner tube and your 2 liter bottle and stretch the inner tube over the 2 liter bottle neck. Wrap this in electrical tape till it wont come of easily.
Step 8: The Finished Launcher
The launcher is completed. Now it’s time to make the rockets.
Step 9: Paper Rocket Form
Take you 1 foot long piece of PVC and rap it in 1 layer of scotch tap. This will make it easier to slide onto the rocket launcher.
Technically these are not rockets. If you want to know more about rockets go to this.
Step 10: The Rocket
With the taped piece of PVC, wrap a piece of paper around it hamburger style and tape it together. The picture may help.
Step 11: Make the Nose Cone
Push the paper up so it is over the edge of the PVC about a inch. Fold this in and tape it. Next cut out a 8.5 by 2 inch piece of paper. There will be extra. Rap the rectangle into the shape of nose cone you would like. Cut off the excess paper till it make a cone. Now, tape this on to your rocket.
Step 12: Make the Fins
To make the fins you are going to need more paper. Draw a rectangle 3 inches by 2.5 inches. Next 1.5 inches down on the 3 inch side of the rectangle, draw a line. Now from the top of the center line draw a line to the bottom right corner. Cut on the lines you drew to get the fins. To attach the fins you will need scotch tape. Cut 8 pieces of tape 2.5 inches long (2 for each fin). This doesn’t need to be exact just long enough to cover the fins. Tape them onto the rocket as shown in the pictures. The fins should be symmetrical. Would look like a + when looking down from the nose cone. Pull the rocket off of the PVC be careful to not damage the rocket.
Step 13: How to Launch the Rocket
Slide the rocket onto the launcher. Aim the launcher at th angle you wish to shoot. When you are ready to launch stomp on the 2 liter bottle and watch the rocket fly. when you want to launch another rocket (or the same rocket) fix the bottle by squeezing it or blowing into where you slide your rocket onto.
Step 14: Conclusion
My first attempt with this rocket hit the top power line. This ruined the nose cone but i was able to fix it. When i shot it it went just past the power lines.
The farthest i have got a rocket to go is 103 feet. This was done on a higher ground then it landed on so it went a little farther.
Also after a while the bottle or the rocket will become unusable so you will need to repeat some of the steps.
When you stomp on the 2 liter bottle it forces air into the inner tube, then into the PVC launching arm, and into the rocket which pushes it of the PVC shooting it into the air.
These rockets are customize able too. You could add weight (duct tape) or try a different nose cone.