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How-To DIY: Rocket Building at Home!


Space Play Tips

Learning about science can be fun - and easy! 

Rockets need force to lift off, use this lesson as a simple way to teach your little learner about rockets!

Using some basic materials, enjoy these easy-peasy activities that will teach them about the use of force and movement!

To Build Your Rocket

You'll Need:

  • Balloon
  • String
  • Straw
  • Tape


  • Tie the string to one point, add the straw in between, and then tie it to another point in the room
  • Take the balloon and blow it up and keep the opening close
  • Tape the balloon to the straw and then release it
  • Watch as the force of the air pushes the straw forward! Try blowing it up to different amounts or changing the length of the string - what happens?


Rocket Experiment #2: Fun With Chemistry!

Try a fun experiment to get your rocket moving using some basic kitchen ingredients!

Materials Needed

  • Empty water bottle
  • 4 pencils
  • Tape
  • A cork for the bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar


  • Take the empty water bottle and tape the four pencils so the pencils stick up past the opening of the bottle to make a stand
  • Decorate your rocket
  • Pour in a tablespoon of baking soda
  • Add a tablespoon of Vinegar to the bottle
  • Place the cork on quickly but not too far in and place it on its pencil stand
  • Walk away from the bottle and wait for the chemical reaction to take place

Blast off! 
Share your creations with us @portdiscovery #portdiscovery

How-To DIY Rocket Building & Experiment 


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