Straw Rockets (with Free Rocket Template)

Print out our free rocket printable and have fun making some straw rockets! The kids loved designing their own rockets and then launching them using straws- such a great way for kids to explore science!

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Straw Rockets- fun science activity for kids! (w/ Free Rocket Template) ~

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Here’s an easy way to make straw rockets using just a few materials. This project makes a great addition to a unit on physics, space, the night sky, or things that fly and is also just fun to do on a rainy day!

A reader, Lisa, suggested a great children’s book to go with this activity: The Darkest Dark by Chris Hadfield. Be sure to check it out!


How to Make Straw Rockets

STEM Activity for Kids: How to Make Straw Rockets (w/ Free Rocket Template)- Fun for a science lesson, outdoor play activity, or unit on space! ~


The kids and I designed our own rockets and launched them using straws! This activity was definitely a hit with both Lucy (age 7) and Theo (age 3 1/2).


coloring rockets (free rocket template)


The kids loved seeing how far they could get their straw rockets to go and had fun trying them out at all different angles.


This activity makes a great science exploration and is perfect for the classroom. Kids can compare how different angles of the straw affect the distance the rocket travels or how adding fins or folding the rocket in different ways can affect its flight.


Science for Kids: Making Straw Rockets

See the straw rockets in action!

Straw Rocket Science Activity for Kids with Free Printable


Materials for Making Straw Rockets

free rocket template


Directions for Making Straw Rockets

1. Print out the free rocket template. Color the rockets and cut them out.


how to make straw rockets


2. Cut the bottom off a plastic pipette and attach it to the back of a rocket using tape or glue dots. (We love having a stash of plastic pipettes at home. They’re so fun to use with painting and often come in handy for various science activities- like with our color arrays. And they’re super inexpensive!)


how to make straw rockets


If you don’t have any plastic pipettes handy, you can use a straw instead. (Just make sure this straw is wider than the other straw you’ll be using for launching.) Cut the straw to fit the length of the rocket and tape one end shut so it’s completely sealed. Attach it to your rocket with glue dots or tape.


making straw rockets


3. Slip a straw into your pipette, and you’re ready to launch!


science for kids: how to make straw rockets


4. Give your straw a big puff of air, and watch it take off!


launching homemade straw rockets

Extending the Straw Rockets Science Activity

  • How does the angle you launch your rocket affect the distance it travels? Try out different angles and record the results.
  • Can you design your own rockets to attach to the pipette or straw? Which designs work better?
  • Try adding another fin to your rocket with tape. How does it affect the flight of your rocket?


Science for Kids: Making Straw Rockets ~

STEM Activity for Kids: How to Make Straw Rockets (w/ Free Rocket Template)- Fun for a science lesson, outdoor play activity, or unit on space! ~


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STEM Activity for Kids: How to Make Straw Rockets (w/ Free Rocket Template)- Fun for a science lesson, outdoor play activity, or unit on space! ~


  1. what a fabulous idea! thank you!!!!

  2. Hey Hey!! We tried these with a BIG group of pre-K kids and had a blast. From customizing to cutting to final assembly and launch they were a hit.

    We found that most “restaurant” straws were slightly larger in diameter than standard grocery store straw and worked perfectly in tandem as rocket-straw and launch-straw for this project.

    We also had a LOT of fun folding the fins and the rocket itself (down the center-line) to improve the aerodynamics–often even achieving a gliding landing!! Big fun, thanks again for posting.

  3. Hi !!

    Yesterday we read the book The Way Back Home from Oliver Jeffers to the class of my 5 years old daughter. After reading, they colored this little rockets and then I used a little roll of construction paper in the back instead of the pipettes.

    It was a hit with all the kids! boys and girls !!!
    And great activity for this book, which we LOVE.

    Thanks for this great idea! And I will keep update with your posts, you have awesome ideas for the kids!

    Saludos from Mexico! 🙂

    • That is the perfect book to accompany the straw rockets!! How fun! And I love your modification using the construction paper. That will be helpful to many readers- thank you so much for sharing!

  4. Thank you for the template! Four kids had fun while their moms were learning English and I only had 10 minutes to prep activities.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for such a great project – all ready to go. My kids had a great time.

  6. I work as an ABA therapist and had about 30 minutes to come up with some space-themed activities to keep my client busy. Thanks for this idea–it worked great! It’s sometimes difficult to keep his attention, but this lasted off and on through a full 3.5-hour session! 🙂

  7. Thank you! My preschool class are going to love this tomorrow!

  8. Judy Hoskin says:

    Super idea. I need an easy, fairly quick, fun activity to do with groups of primary children – all ages. This was the first activity I checked and it’s just right! Much appreciated!

  9. I used this idea at a library storytime this week, and the kids loved it! How do I get on your Trackbacks list?

  10. Hey I just ordered a bunch of the plastic piplette. The ones that the link went to but I’m not sure what size straws?

  11. What a great idea. I am featuring these if you don’t mind.

  12. Anonymous says:

    What size Pipettes did you use? The link is no longer in amazon

  13. Love this idea! We used to make balloon rockets in my preschool science class, but are no longer allowed to use balloons. This is ingenious and I know the kids will love it. Thanks!

  14. Nisha Raveenderen says:

    What an amazing idea! Thank you so much! I’m using it today in our kids’ meditation program (Sahaja Yoga).


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