Making Paper and Drinking Straw Rockets

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Paper tubes formed around a drinking straw and then cut and glued at the tips make the rockets you and the kids can launch using the straw as the air (breath) powered launcher. Learn how to make these fun, inexpensive toys.


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They are easy to make and fun to play with. Kids will love this simple toy which is similar to the old fashioned pea shooter, but a lot safer! Pop a rocket on the end of a drinking straw and blow. You'll be surprised how far they travel.

Make from simple materials that most people have in the house.


  • drinking straws
  • lightweight paper
  • PVA or other glue suitable for paper
  • scissors


  1. Choose some thin lightweight paper such as gift wrapping paper and cut a long strip wide enough to wrap around the straw with an overlap.
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  3. Apply paper glue to one long edge.
  4. Wrap the paper around the straw and stick the edge down.
  5. Slide the paper off as soon as possible because you don't want it to accidentally stick to the straw.
  6. When the glue has dried, cut the paper tube into short lengths of about 2.5 inches (6cm).
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  8. Take one paper tube and add a tiny drop of glue to one end.
  9. Squeeze the end flat.
  10. Repeat for all the paper tubes. Make as many as you like - the more the merrier! These little tubes are your rockets.
  11. To fire a rocket place it on the end of the straw and blow the other end. If it doesn't fire, this might be because the rocket isn't sealed properly. If so, apply some extra glue to the seams. Sometimes it won't fire if you push it onto the straw too far and it wedges on. Place the rocket on the straw only lightly.

    Have fun!
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