This activity was lots of fun for my girls and easy enough to set up. This is a great Thanksgiving activity. We had so much fun that we plan to do this again on Thanksgiving day.
To make Turkey Balloon Rockets you will need:
- Large drinking straws
- Crafted turkey's (we made ours out of craft foam)
- A place to secure the string and make the race track (we used chairs )
Begin by securing a piece of string roughly 5 feet long to a chair. We wanted to race two turkeys, so we secured two pieces of string to two chairs side by side
Next you will want to string a large piece of drinking straw onto each piece of string. Then attach one turkey to each drinking straw with one piece of tape sticky side out in the middle
The tape facing out will be used to attach the turkey to the balloon just before launching
Once the turkey straws are threaded onto the string you will want to tightly attach the other end of the string to another chair. If making two tracks like we did you will want the chairs on both ends parallel and side by side, like this
Make sure the string is pulled tightly between the chairs so that the rocket can move quickly. Once your track(s) are ready to go blow up two balloons and then use the extra piece of tape on the straw to attach the balloon to the straw and turkey.
Do not tie the balloon or let the air out. Rosie and Jewel both held their balloons tightly until it was time to launch.
Pull your balloons all the way to one end of the string track with the balloon openings up against the chairs and then.......
One, two, three, RACE!
Once the balloons are set free the turkey's will go racing down the track
Rosie and Jewel raced their turkeys several times. One turkey always won, with the winning turkey rotating between Rosie and Jewel (thankfully).
This was such a fun way to explore a bit of Science while also adding the element of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
The Science Behind the Fun: To make an object propel forward there has to be force coming from behind it. This is a simple lesson in action/reaction. For even more on the Science behind this simple experiment go here.
To make our turkeys: We used craft foam turkey cut outs purchased from Dollar Tree and simply added googly eyes and feathers. You could just as easily make the turkey body from construction paper or regular craft foam.
Turkey Balloon Rockets
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