How to Make a Rocket Ship for Kids Using Toilet Paper Rolls

by Anya Meave, Demand Media

    Watching a rocket ship fly through the sky can bring excitement. Whether made to travel through space or rise into the sky at full speed after an experiment, rockets intrigue even the littlest eyes. Make a rocket ship for kids using toilet paper rolls. Select rolls that are dent-free and sturdy enough to handle during playtime. Make the rocket bright with color using construction paper. Then allow the child's imagination to soar as he flies the homemade rocket through the sky.

    Step 1

    Lay both toilet paper rolls horizontally on a table, and set the rolls end to end. Tape the toilet paper rolls together with a 6-inch strip of masking tape. The result is a toilet paper roll tube measuring 8 inches in length.

    Step 2

    Trim one sheet of construction paper to 8 inches by 6 inches with scissors. Wrap the sheet of construction paper around the roll, and secure the construction paper with two strips of 4-inch tape.

    Step 3

    Cut out two 4-inch equilateral triangles on a separate sheet of construction paper with scissors. Snip a 2-inch slit at the bottom center of the first triangle, and a 2-inch slit at the top center of the second triangle. Then, cut four 2-inch slits at the bottom of the roll, ¾ inch apart from each other with the scissors.

    Step 4

    Insert the first triangle into the bottom of the roll, while sliding the left and right sides of the triangle into the first two opposing slits.

    Step 5

    Slide the second triangle into the bottom of the roll by inserting the top slit of the second triangle through the bottom slit of the first triangle. The left and right sides of the second triangle should also slide into the remaining two slits at the bottom of the roll, completing the base.

    Step 6

    Draw a 4-inch circle on a sheet of construction paper, and cut the circle out with scissors. Make a 2-inch slit into the circle with the scissors, and wrap the right side of the circle over the left side to form a cone. Secure the cone with tape.

    Step 7

    Tape the cone to the top of the rocket with 1 ½-inch strips of clear tape. Write the name of the child on the side of the rocket with colored markers on completion.

    About the Author

    Anya Meave is a freelance writer from San Diego, Calif. She began writing in 2009 for various websites. Majoring in telemedia, she has written scripts for student projects and has been chosen to submit a spec script for the 2011 Nickelodeon Writers Fellowship. Meave has an associate degree in photography from Southwestern College.

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