Straw rockets are fun for kids of all ages and they are a great STEM activity. In fact, I have some more free STEM printables at the bottom of this post that you don’t want to miss. If you are homeschooling this year or just need something for the kids to do, this is the post for you! After all, kids crafts can be educational as well as fun.
- Two straws (one that can fit inside of the other)
- Colored pencils, markers, or crayons
- Free printable (see how to download below)
Free Straw Rocket Printable
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How to Make Paper Rockets with Straws
Now that you have your free printable, you can make your straw rockets with your kids. Follow along with the tutorial below for instructions. You can also print this if you need to.
- Print the free printable file.
- Let your kids color their rockets with anything you have on hand.
- Cut all of the rockets out with scissors. Older kids can do this step themselves.
- Cut the larger straw to fit on the back of the rocket.
- Tape one end of these tubes closed.
- Tape the straw piece to the back of one of the paper rockets.
- Add the second rocket on top with additional tape.
- Add in your smaller straw and your rocket is ready to play!
You can make as may or as few of these as you like. I used the straws I had on hand but you can also change this up with straws that have different decorations on them.
Then let the kids blow on the smaller straw and watch the rocket shoot off of the top. Use this as a lesson by allowing the kids to alter the rocket itself and even the straws. Can they come up with a way to make the rocket lighter? Make it go further? Make it go higher? Let their imaginations take over!
An art project that is also a lesson is a great way to get the kids motivated to learn. For older kids, turn this into a competition. Who can make the best rocket? Whose will fly higher? They are sure to come up with all sorts of ways to improve upon this simple kids craft.
Love this idea and looking for more STEM printables? Try the links below!
Once you get the kids started learning, you might want to print even more STEM printables. We have 16 free printables total for you this month as a part of our totally free printables series.
Click on each of the links below to be taken to the printables. You will need to follow the instructions on each page to download.
Printable Tangram Puzzle – Brooklyn Berry Designs
Steam Maker Space Lists & Observations – Hello Creative Family
Color Wheel & Walking Rainbow – Happiness is Homemade
Science Lab Matching Game – Crafting In The Rain
Straw Rockets – The Country Chic Cottage
Space Activity Sheet – Everyday Party Magazine
STEM Challenge Cards – Happy Go Lucky
Coloring Bugs Printable – 100 Directions
Science is Rad Poster – seeLINDSAY
Secret Decoder Rings – 30 Minute Crafts
28 Day Lego STEM Challenge – Mad in Crafts
Solar System Bingo – Artsy Fartsy Mama
Science Notebook Covers – Pineapple Paper Co.
Robots in Space Coloring Page – Fun For Little Ones
Space Rocket Coloring Page – Liz On Call
Math Coloring Worksheets – Printable Crush
Enjoy these straw rockets as well as these other STEM printables. I know your kids will love each one of these!