Chalk Rockets for Kids

FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
Sidewalk chalk is the perfect way to create art in the warmer months, and we have had fun creating all different play times using a variety of chalk recipes this Summer. This next chalk activity was a real "blast" of a good time!  Are you ready for take off?
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
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These exploding chalk rockets were so fun that we have already done this activity THREE times since the other day.  My kids just love it!   Are you ready to have a "blast"?

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Materials
Method
We found it easier to mix up a batch of sidewalk chalk and then pour it into the film canisters as we played, adding color to the rockets as we went. 
  • Begin by mixing equal parts of water and corn starch in a bowl or container
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
  • This will give you your base sidewalk chalk.  Once well mixed pour the chalk mixture into the film canisters, filling them roughly 1/3 of the way.  You can alter amount of chalk you add as you play to produce different art effects
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to the canisters and mix well.  Your rockets are now ready for take off!
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
Setting off the Rockets
  • You will want to set off one chalk rocket at a time. Take a tablet of alka seltzer, and break it into four pieces.  Toss the pieces into the canister, quickly secure the lid and place the rocket on the ground.  Now stand back!
  • In a matter of seconds the rocket will fly high into the air, leaving a blast of sidewalk paint all over the pavement
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
  • Each rocket creates a different art impression on the pavement, and the overall effects when combined are so neat!
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
We loved the effects so much that we laid poster board down on the pavement so that we could keep some of our creations.

Here are some action shots of my girls setting off their chalk rockets.  These were taken with my cell phone, so they aren't the best, but I feel that they capture the amazing fun of this activity just the same.
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
Notice the pink rocket above taking off.  Capturing the take-off was very difficult, too!
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
Rosie and Jewel had so much fun with this activity and played until we were all out of chalk.  I hope that your kids love this activity, too!
 FUN KID PROJECT: MAKE CHALK ROCKETS!  These are so flipping cool! (Art & science for Kids)
For more fun activities like this one visit our kids playtime favorites.

Note:  The film canisters we used can be purchased on Amazon here.  You can get Alka Seltzer online here.
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