Balloon Rocket Racers

Make balloon rockets, then race or watch them go. How do they move? The energy inside the balloon turns into motion. When the air rushes out, it pushes the balloon forward. This is called thrust. It’s like Newton’s Third Law: for every action (air escaping), there’s an equal and opposite reaction (the balloon moves forward).

Balloon Rocket Racers

Skill Level

Easy. Adult supervision needed

Time to Make

30 minutes

Adult Supervision Needed


How to Make

  1. Print off the template, colour in the rockets and cut them out.
  2. Now take a balloon and blow it up but don’t tie it, seal it with a peg instead.
  3. Using masking tape fix the straw to the rocket.
  4. Now using glue dots stick the rocket to the balloon on top of the straw.
  5. Thread a length of sting through the straw and stretch this between two people or objects.
  6. Now when you are ready take off the peg and watch your rocket zoom to the other end.
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Top Tip

Why not make two and race them with a friend, the bigger the balloon the further they go.



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