We love simple crafts around here. The first activity we did as part of our astronaut unit was this model spaceship craft. It took less than five minutes, but caused my son’s jaw to hang open in wonder.
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It doesn’t take much to build one of these feats of engineering.
Empty Paper Towel Roll
Small piece of cardboard
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Cut two slits at the end of the paper towel roll. Cut a large triangle out of your piece of cardboard. Put one into the other until the bottom of the triangle is flush with the bottom of the tube.
Twist the piece of construction paper into a cone. Cut off the tip to fit into the top of the tube. Glue the paper together and then shove it in the top of the spaceship.
(Measuring how big to make the cone prior to cutting it.)
Wrap all brown surfaces with foil. At first I tried to keep things smooth, but quickly embraced the ridges and rumbles!
Paint! Both boys got into the fun! I highly recommend painting on foil. It’s a different sensory experience that’s not to be missed!
This model rocket is quick and cheap enough for me to let the boys roughhouse with. It’s also cool enough to show all the grandparents on Skype!
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