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Bottle Rocket


Host: Jenny Barnett Rohrs

When you see the “helping hand” symbol on a project, it means you may need adult supervision to do the project.


Always cover your work surface with a mat or some type of protective covering like wax paper or plastic.
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Age Range: 7 to 12

Grade Range: 2 to 6

Skill Level: Advanced

Appropriate for These Special Events:
Pretend Play, Every Day and Rainy Days

Supports Subject Area(s) of:
Language Arts – e.g. step by step instructions
Mathematics - measuring
Visual Arts

Time needed for project:
2 hours plus drying time



Materials needed:

  1. Elmer’s® Painters Opaque Paint Markers
  2. 12” FloraCraft® Styrofoam™ Brand ½” thick Sheet
  3. Two matching soda bottles
  4. Silver or white paint
  5. Foam brush
  6. Duct tape
  7. Scissors
  8. Cardboard or snow-cone paper
  9. Fin pattern


  1. Remove labels from the bottles. Rinse out bottles thoroughly and let dry. Save one cap.
  2.  Measure down 1/3 of the way from the neck of one of the bottles. Using pointy scissors, poke a hole in and cut all the way around.
  3.  Place the cut-off neck on the END of the other plastic bottle. It will slide on. Using foam brush, paint the rocket. You can use the cut-off end to stabilize the rocket.  Let dry. Apply a second coat brushing in the opposite direction for complete coverage.
  4. Print out fin pattern. Cut out with scissors. Trace onto foam sheet and cut out with a plastic knife. Make 3 fins. Using duct tape, cut lengths long enough to adhere to bottle. Each fin needs 2 pieces of tape. Adhere fins to bottle.
  5.  Paint cone to match the bottle. Let dry. (You can also create a cone out of a circle of construction paper.) Use small strips of duct tape to adhere to bottle.
  6.  Using painter’s markers, create flames, logos, and other fun decorations.

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