That’s a smart rocket!

That’s a smart rocket….where are you off to? The moon replied baby bear.

Dear mummy, I went on my first flying lesson the other day and it was out of this world! We made some space rockets and it was easy peasy! We had such a fun time making them. Would you like to make a rocket too?

How to make a space rocket out of recycled bits and pieces.

How to make a space rocket

This is what you will need:

1) Cardboard tubes for the rocket body (kitchen roll, toilet rolls or longer tinfoil tubes)

2) Cardboard boxes for the wings

3) Plastic 1 litre bottle or larger for the rocket body (we used a coke bottle)

4) Polystyrene cups for the cockpit

5) Sellotape

6) Scissors

7) Silver spray paint (adults will help with this)

8) Poster paints (Silver, red and blue)

9) Metallic foil paper

10) Glitter

11) PVA glue

12) Pipe cleaners

What we did:

First we collected all the materials together and separated the tubes into different sizes. This is a great exercise for little ones. My folks collected loads of cardboard tubes from the recycling bin.

How to make a space rocket

We picked out a large plastic bottle (my daddy has just finished drinking the Coke out of it!) My mummy helped me cut out some cardboard triangles for wings and slits into the sides of the plastic bottle to house them.

How to make a space rocket

We didn’t need to secured them with sellotape as the plastic bottle secured them tightly as we wedged the cardboard wing in.

How to make a space rocket

We found a polystyrene cup and used it for a cockpit. I helped secure it to the plastic bottle with some sellotape. The first part of our rocket was finished.

How to make a space rocket

We also made a simpler style rocket just out of cardboard and used sellotape to secure the wings and cockpit. The cockpit was a flat piece of card rolled into a coneshape which was a bit tricky so my mummy gave me a hand with that.

How to make a space rocket

My mummy took it outside and spray painted it silver. It didn’t take long and we were back inside embellishing our rockets with paint and glitter.

How to make a space rocket

My mummy painted a Union Jack on her rocket wings and red ‘go faster’ stripes.Β I decided to scribble pen and add red clumps of glitter to mine using my creative freedom πŸ˜‰ Mummy also helped me to cut out gold stars which I stuck to my rocket using PVA glue.

How to make a space rocket

We scrunched up gold metallic foil paper and stuffed it up the cardboard tube to create the illusion of flames. I helped twirl red and gold pipe cleaners around my fingers to create spirals to add to the rocket jet stream!

How to make a space rocket

Now was the fun part, to play with them all. We ventured outside and our rockets soared through the sky! First we tested the plain versions and they were super speedy. One even got stuck in a hedge!

How to make a space rocket

How to make a space rocket

We had made so many rockets that I continued to decorate them for the rest of the afternoon, I now have a fine fleet of Starships!

How to make a space rocket

A really easy craft to do with children which leads to hours of roll-playing fun. We can’t wait to take them to Camp Bestival (it’s space themed in 2016) and hang them around our campsite!

Love Bella (Space Baby) x

How to make a space rocket


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36 thoughts on “That’s a smart rocket!

    1. These are really great!!! my kids would love to make one of these. I have pinned this on pinterest. #LetKidsbeKids

  1. Amazing! My little boy has recently become a bit obsessed with rockets so we’ll definitely be making these. Thanks for sharing xx #TwinklyTuesday

  2. Wow they are some seriously awesome rockets! I did that with Monkey a while ago but mine was a lot less planned and so nowhere near as good. He still loved it though, great fun πŸ™‚ xx

  3. This sounds like a lot of fun, especially the flying them part! They turned out really cool, love the silver spray paint effect πŸ™‚ #TwinklyTuesday

  4. Oh this is brilliant and what a wonderful looking rocket you have created. I love the step by step guide, it is one we might just try here in our activity hour on the farm, I’m sure the little ones would love this and we could test them in the fields after! Please do join me for Trash 2 Treasure, my monthly upcycling linky, March is up a week Monday, I’ll give you a little reminder, this would be perfect. Popping by from #bloggerclubuk

  5. Oh wow these turned out amazing! The silver paint really made them professional looking! This kind of craft is right up our ally. We love creating with things from the recycling box. Thanks so much for sharing with blogger club uk x

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