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Sky Racers Balloon Rocket

Materials

 

Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 20 minutes
What you’ll need:

  • 1 red balloon (a round one will work, but the long balloons work best)
  • 1 long piece of blue kite string (5 meters) (any thin and very strong string will work)
  • 1 plastic straw
  • Scotch tape
  • 1 La Vache qui rit pack
  • 2 small pencils
  • Scissors (Be careful and make sure to ask for mom or dad’s help whenever using them!)

Steps

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    How to build it:

    Open the La Vache qui rit pack and poke a very thin hole through the middle of the cover and base.

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    String one end of the kite rope through the hole of the cover that you’ve just created.

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    Tie the end of the rope around the pencil and cover it with tape so it stays securely attached to the pencil. Close the pack with the pencil inside.

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    String the other end of the kite rope through the straw.

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    Continue and string the same end of the rope through the hole in the base of the La Vache qui rit pack.

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    Tie that end of the rope around the other pencil and tape it securely. Close pack with pencil inside.

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    You should now have the kite rope securely fastened to either a cover or base of a La Vache qui rit pack at each end, and the straw should be hanging in the middle of the rope.

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    How to play:

    You need a friend to play with. You hold one of the La Vache qui rit packs, and your friend should hold the other. Stand as far away from each other as the rope will allow. Pull tightly so that the rope is perfectly straight between you - if it’s not straight, the rocket won’t fly well.

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    Blow up the balloon, but don’t tie the end, just pinch it closed with one finger.

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    Tape the balloon to the straw - now you’re ready to launch.

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    Let go and watch the rocket launch! See how far it goes. Take turns, see who can send their rocket the furthest!