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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

August 5: Neil Armstrong was born (1930).

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Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. In celebration, why not do some rocket flying?

Balloon Rockets


  • sausage-shaped balloons
  • straws
  • tape
  • string (kite string or other thin twine; yarn does not work well)


  1. Cut string about 10 feet long.
  2. Thread one end of the string through a straw.
  3. Pull string tight, taping each end down to different objects.
  4. Ideally, one side should be slightly higher than the other.
  5. Blow up balloon, but do not tie it. Make sure kids don’t put mouths on balloons if they are going to need someone else to blow up the balloon for them.
  6. Tape balloon so that it hangs under straw and so that the sausage shape of the balloon is parallel with the floor. The balloon and straw should start at the higher end of the string with the “nose” end of the balloon (opposite the mouth) pointing toward the lower part of the string.
  7. Let go of mouth of balloon and your rocket should shoot from one end of the string to the other.

Source(s): 100 Construction Activities for Kids (activity N1).

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