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Kid Friendly Film Canister Rocket

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A rocket that is kid friendly and fun to make. 

We have seen many kids enjoy this project. Not only do they like the loud pop and seeing their rockets go up, they take great pride in building their own rocket.

The rocket can be just for fun or can be a great opportunity to learn / discuss some science.

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Step 1: Materials

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    35m canister with lid that snaps closed inside the canister.
    Effervescent tablet like Alka-Seltzer. Generic works fine.
    Water dropper
    Water
    Typing paper (any paper will do)
    Tape
    Scissors
    Ruler
    Markers, colored pencils, crayons
    Safety goggles
    Something round to trace

Vinegar and baking soda can be substituted for the Alka-Seltzer and water.  We just like to use the tablets for ease.

Step 2: Preparing Pieces

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Prepare the Parts

Take the paper and wrap in once around the canister.  Elephant/giraffe, hotdog/hamburger, tall/short doesn't matter. Mark where the paper overlaps about 1/4 inch. Draw a straight line up the paper. Cut the paper on straight line. Hold on to both pieces of cut paper. The piece of paper that will be wrapped around the canister can be decorated.

Step 3: Making Cone

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The extra piece of paper can be cut to make a cone for on top of the rocket.  Trace a circle. Cut the paper in a circle. Now cut a triangle out of it.  Imagine "PacMan" or a pie with a piece missing. Decorate to match other paper. Bring the ends of the "PacMan" together to form a cone.  You may have to overlap the sides to get the size cone you want. Tape.
DanTDM6 months ago

cool

dummy197711 months ago
Would've been all over this as a kid..
webmanoffesto11 months ago
I love it. This is great fort kids.
TheMrCOOLguy211 months ago
Could also fill it up with rubbing alcohol and the dill a hole in the cap, place the cap on and shake till it is vaporized then light off with a lighter!!!
( teenager friendly :)
TheMrCOOLguy211 months ago
Cool!
rimar200011 months ago
Very interesting and fun toy!
Cats Science Club (author)  rimar200011 months ago
Thanks so much!