How to Make a Rocket Ship for Preschool Children

by Lauren Griffin
Show the kids a craft that captures the excitement of a real rocket ship.

Show the kids a craft that captures the excitement of a real rocket ship.

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Preschool teachers who are looking for a craft that is out of this world can let their students create their own rocket ships. These rocket ships are easy to put together and decorate, making them an ideal craft for young children. Children can refine their fine motor skills while having fun and making an exciting toy. After the class is done making the rocket ships, let children learn even more by reading some stories about space exploration and rockets.

Items you will need

  • Paper towel roll
  • Aluminum foil
  • Construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Clear tape
  • Streamer paper (yellow, orange and/or red)
Step 1

Wrap the paper towel roll in aluminum foil. Children who want a colorful rocket ship can wrap colored construction paper around the roll instead. Secure the foil in place by taping it with clear tape.

Step 2

Begin creating the nose of the rocket. Cut out a circle with a 6-inch diameter from construction paper. Cut one slit from the circle's outer edge to the center. Fold the circle in to create a cone shape. Tape it together.

Step 3

Tape or staple the cone-shaped nose to the top of the rocket.

Step 4

Cut long strips of the paper streamers to create flames that will "shoot" from the bottom of the rocket. Tape the pieces inside the bottom of the rocket ship.

Step 5

Decorate the rocket ship. Let the children decorate the rocket as they please, with markers, stickers or other decorations.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

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