Rockets | Blastoff!

Our first blog post here was about the planets in space. But how can people get into space? By flying in a rocket ship of course! How does a rocket work? How fast does it go? Let's first take a look at learning more, and watch a couple real launches from NASA and SpaceX.

Educational Videos

Countdown: 10, 9, 8... If you are practicing writing letters and numbers, can you make a rocket that spells your name? If your name is short you can also spell your middle or last name. What about your numbers? You can make a rocket that goes from 10 down to 1, and then countdown! All you need to do is cut out the squares you need (and maybe a triangle for the top!) then write on them, and paste them.

Parts of a Shuttle

You can print this picture, and color it in. After you do that, try to draw it. If you're practicing your writing, write the labels and paste them.

Writing Practice

Here are some challenging words to practice writing:

  • gear

  • fuel

  • brake

  • deck

  • rudder

  • thruster

  • radiator

Here are some creative writing ideas:

What would you name your rocket ship? How far away is the place you would go? How long would it take you to get there? What do you do once you get there? What happens if you go too far and run out of fuel? Feel free to draw pictures of your story too!

Make a Paper Rocket

You can use paper towel rolls or toilet paper rolls, and then wrap them in paper or paint them! I then cut out the shuttle I drew and glued it to the large rocket. I don't want to reinvent the wheel - or should I say rocket - so here is a a blog post that shows you how to make a rocket similar to this one:

Make a Cardboard Rocket Fort

I don't have any big cardboard boxes around my house, but if I did, I'd make a big, rocket, fort! I've found some inspiration for you, so if you have some boxes, maybe you can make one! Here is a helpful tutorial for making a pointed top:

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