Let me start by saying that we had SO MUCH FUN with this activity! Rockets are fun. These flying ghost rockets were SO FUN and made a perfect Halloween activity for the kids.
Flying Ghost Rockets
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Flying Ghost Rockets Materials List
- Film canisters (we ordered these ones made for kids to use in Science activities- 12 for only $6)
- Corn starch
- A black marker
- Alka seltzer
- Stir stick
- Begin by drawing ghost faces on your film canisters. We used a permanent marker to avoid smears during play, and I later used a magic eraser to remove the marker
- Once the marker is dry add a bit of corn starch to each film canister and then fill roughly 1/3 of the way with water. Then stir well. We mixed ours as we went and refilled each rocket several times. The corn starch and water mixture is essentially homemade sidewalk paint without the added color. It washes right off the pavement, so no worries.
Then it is time to PLAY!
You will want to set off one ghost rocket at a time. Take a piece of Alka seltzer and break it into 3-4 pieces. Then quickly drop the pieces in the canister, put the lid on, flip the rocket over, set it down, and stand back
The ghost rocket will go flying high into the air
These ghosts really fly high, too!
Just look at the force of Science that propels them
Rosie loved making the ghosts fly
And we set off rocket after rocket
Further explore Science and add varying amounts of ingredients. What happens with more or less Alka seltzer? What about more or less corn starch? We had lots of fun experimenting, and I was surprised to discover that some of the ghosts flew the highest when less ingredients were used.
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