Balloon Rockets

This weekend we decided to do a quick and easy project that would hopefully yield hours of fun.

We made Balloon Rockets!

They were pretty cool! Instead of using string (which you would ordinarily use) we used ribbon, because that’s all the dollar store had — but as you’ll see in the video, it worked out just fine.

The inspiration from this came from Pinterest, but I don’t remember the exact site. Later, I did refer to a site called “ScienceBob.com”, which I will definitely return to for other ideas.

Supplies

Here’s what you’ll need for this project:

  1. Tape
  2. Straws
  3. String (or thin ribbon like we used)

The setup

When we setup the track, we taped the ribbon from the fireplace mantel to the wall. This worked, but was really high. After we “raced” the balloons across the track (which the kids lost interest in pretty quickly since it was so high and hard to reset), we tried a different method.

We tied the ribbon on a doorknob, then the other side of the ribbon to a kitchen chair. This gave us the ability to pull the chair to tighten the balloon rocket track. I would recommend doing this from the get-go.

The Result

The kids really had fun with this. It was so easy and everyone enjoyed themselves, so I would highly recommend this project. The “balloon race” didn’t work out as well as I had hoped, but they didn’t seem to mind, and really spent more time working on one track than multiple others.

Blowing up the balloon while it’s taped to the track is a little awkward, and little kids will probably need help with this project. Liam, who is 3, needed me to help him more than the older two, and it didn’t hold his interest as long.

I think this project is probably geared toward ages 5+.

Links:

Science Bob Experiment Overview

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