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Family Science Fun: a Homemade Bottle Rocket

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This easy homemade bottle rocket will become a family favorite DIY project!

Mike is a HUGE space movie fan.

When we were first together, I tolerated it.

Now, 11 years later, I am just as much of a fan as he is.

We’ve made it a point to get a sitter and enjoy a date night out whenever a new movie is released. It’s a great way for us to spend time together that we both really enjoy.

Homemade Bottle Rocket

After seeing Interstellar together, we talked a lot about life in space and all the things about the universe that we don’t know and haven’t discovered yet.

It wasn’t long before Sam was in on the conversation as well. He loves all things space. I always love hearing his ideas on things.

He’s too young for many of our favorite sci-fi films. I’m looking forward to sharing them with him when he’s older!

After all the space talk, we decided to do a little DIY bottle rocket together.

We had a great time doing this simple, homemade bottle rocket experiment together.

Sam especially had a great time building a bottle rocket.

I think he used imagination a little too, thinking about exploring space when he’s older.

Maybe someday he’ll launch into space on a real rocket and explore!

Vinegar Baking Soda Bottle Rocket

Materials for a Homemade Bottle Rocket

We only used a handful of supplies for pop bottle rocket. You’ll need electrical tape, four pencils (or Popsicle sticks), vinegar, baking soda, paper towel and a cork.

Now let’s talk about the step by step instructions!

Baking Soda for Bottle Rocket

Mike and I are never too concerned with following directions… so let’s just say this project took a few… ahem, tries… to get right.

I’m happy to report that we finally figured it out and worked out the kinks for you.

This homemade water bottle rocket turned out awesome and our whole family had fun together with it.

Easy Bottle Rocket

How to Make a Homemade Bottle Rocket

Mike and I aren’t too concerned with reading the directions.. so this project took a few… ahem, tries to get right. We eventually figured it out though! Here’s how we created this fun rocket ship project that our whole family loved!

  1. Using electrical tape, we wrapped 4 pencils (could also use popsicle sticks) to act as stabilizer.
  2. Fill a bottle 1/3 full with vinegar.
  3. Put approximately 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the middle of a paper towel, roll it tight and twist the ends.
  4. Drop in the paper towel, then put a cork in the bottom.
  5. Shake gently, then step back and wait for it to take flight!

Bottle Rocket

Note: this bottle rocket flies about 20 feet in the air — so please do this in an area where it won’t hit anyone or anything.

Flying Bottle Rocket

This was a fun project and a great way to get Sam excited about science.

I’ll never forget his giggles of delight as the rocket launched {again and again and again!} in our driveway.

Mike and I had a wonderful time building this memory with Sam.

I look forward to enjoying more space themed projects together soon!

I hope your family enjoys this homemade bottle rocket together, too.

 

 

Stephanie Keeping

Stephanie is in love with a boy named Sam. He has taught her that it's okay to jump first and look later, to wear a dirty shirt to the park and to decide that today is a good day to take a nap in your rubber boots. She hangs out here blogging at Spaceships and Laser Beams and at our printable party shop on Etsy.