Sunday, July 4, 2010

Soap Bottle Air Rockets - 4th of July Fun for Little Hands

We took inspiration for Jill Frankel Hauser's Science Play, Beginning Discoveries for 2 to 6 Year Olds, to make rockets for the little ones, to keep them busy between the barbecue, and the fireworks.

We made paper cones by cutting a slit from the outside edge to the middle, of a circle of paper, and then overlapping the paper on each side of the slit, until we had a nice cone shape, which we held in place with tape.

At first, we used a salad plate as a template for our circles, but we discovered smaller cones, made from drinking glass sized circles, worked better for small hands.

We decorated the cones with tissue paper streamers, taping, or gluing them on.

Then, it was just a matter of setting a cone on top of an empty dish soap bottle, with the nozzle open...

...and giving it a good squeeze.


Happy Independence Day!


It's great to be a homeschooler.

10 comments:

Phyllis said...

You are the coolest Mom.

Renee' said...

LOL Ok,now thats cool.
Thanks for sharing

Raising a Happy Child said...

How fun! Happy Independence Day!

Wonder Mom said...

So FUN!!!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

That's awesome!!! Happy 4th of July!! :-)

Ticia said...

Bother, I just deleted my comments. I love this idea, I just need to get an empty soap bottle.......

And on the whole ice and string thing, Jeff thinks that is the coolest experiment and wants to do that with the kids.

MamaGames said...

Oh, that's a wonderful idea. We usually have the HUGE bottles of dish soap so this wouldn't work as well... but it just so happens that we always make foamerators at the 4th of July and buy a small bottle of a different brand of dish soap just for making bubbles. The kids conveniently emptied it yesterday! We will have to try making an air rocket this week. :)

Debbie said...

I love this. I will have to try this for Selena. I know she would just love it.

Christianne @ Little Page Turners said...

What a fun activity - a great way to keep kids busy during those long hours between dinner and fireworks. I'll file this away for next year. :)

Terra said...

We are definitely going to have to give this a try. Looks like tons of fun. My little one will be amazed.