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Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship
Messiness: Low
Age Range: 3y - 9y
Estimated Time: <30 mins

Activity Designer

Jen Hansard
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My son is always dreaming about flying to the moon in a rocket ship. With this fun and easy craft, we found a way to encourage his creative imagination while helping him see how everyday items can become something magical!

How We Did It

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

We started building the top of our rocket first. Jackson cut a circle out of a piece of construction paper (about3" or 4" in diameter). Feel free to try different shapes, colors, and sizes--it's your rocket!

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

Jackson cut a line into the center of the circle...

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

...then made a cone out of the paper. We used some glue to attach the ends together. (If the glue is not holding you can take a cloths pin and clamp it down so it can dry.) It is important to make sure that the cone fits and looks cool on your rocket before the glue dries.

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

Next Jackson cut two strips of paper about 4" long and 0.5" wide.

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship
We took some glue and attached the strips of paper to the inside of the cone.
Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

Then Jackson glued the cone and the strips of paper to the toilet paper roll. At this point you could really see the rocket coming together.

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

As the glue was drying, we cut some fire-colored ribbon, 2 to 3 feet long. Then I helped Jackson tie them in a knot at one end. Everyone knows that the fire is the best part of a rocket so try and make this part fun. We used some sparkly red and yellow ribbon.

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship
Then we took our 3 clothespins and attached them to the bottom of our rocket. We found some cool red clothespins at the grocery store but the normal wood ones will work fine.
Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

The last step is to attach the fire ribbon to the bottom of the rocket. Just clip the ribbon to the rocket using the clothespins.

Cardboard Tube Rocket Ship

Now that your rocket is finished, it's time for launch! 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1--blast off! Watching Jackson gleefully running around with his toilet paper rocket: truly a sight to see!

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Fantastic! You could even make "cool" clothespins by painting the regular wooden ones or using glitter glue. So fun, thanks for sharing!

posted by: Jenn on 4.18.2013

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