Children, at certain ages, are usually fascinated with things that can fly such as airplanes, choppers, and the popular, rocket. Normally, to feed this fascination, you will either have him watch real life launches and flights or buy him a toy that he can play with emulating the style and design of the rockets he is fixated with. Well, unless these toys take to the sky, he will get bored with it too quickly. Of course, you can maybe purchase a toy rocket that can really head skyward through distinct chemical reactions but if your child is too young for the risks accompanying these kinds of toy rockets, you may want to get him something that you can launch without potentially burning your kids hands in the process. The best part about the whole concept of the flying toy rocket is that you can build it yourself with basic materials.
- Prepare the materials. For the toy rocket project, you will need to collect several materials such as plastic or cardboard tubing, craft or insulation foam, glue, scissors, plastic cable tie, and rubber band. If you evaluate all the materials needed, then you have probably noted that the rocket will touch the sky by launching it with a rubber band instead of a chemical reaction or through an integrated firecracker rear end.
- Cut the tubing. Whether you chose cardboard or plastic tubing, you will need to cut it to the acceptable length. A height or length of 8 to 10 inches will be desirable. If you purchased the tubing in your local hardware supply shop, then consider having them cut it for you with the specifications. For the nose of the rocket, you will want to cut a piece of flat cardboard with the same of the tube. Form the circular piece of cardboard in to the nose of the rocket. This is basically a circle point upward at the center. Glue it on the top of the tube.
- Secure the rocket to the rubber band. Take the cable tie and tie it along the circumference of the tubing. The cable tie should be positioned and tied at the bottom part of the tube at around ¼ inch before the end. The other end of the cable tie should be fastened around the rubber band as this will serve as the moving force to launch the rocket in the air and pulled back. The whole process will be similar to an ancient catapult or trebuchet. To secure and conceal the cable tie on the rocket, cover it with a strip of craft foam. The foam should cover the whole circumference where the cable tie is secured. Make sure to glue the foam down. This will ensure that the cable tie will not loosen up during the rubber band launch.
- Design the rocket. Aside from painting and styling the rocket to look more real, you will want to add three fins at the bottom. Get the cardboard and start cutting three distinct triangles. Use the glue to secure these triangular pieces at the butt of the rocket similar to how a real rocket will look like. Make sure that you position the fins above the cable tie area. Once that is done, you know have a nice flying rocket however; you will need to test it out if it will really go the distance and take to the sky.
Hold up the rubber band with one finger and start pulling the rocket facing up as far as you can without snapping the band. Let go at the desired tension and watch the rocket climb and climb. At a certain point, it will dive down due to gravity. Nevertheless, if your rocket skies high enough, then you can give it to your kid and he can start living the dream of reaching the sky.