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Rockets craft: Here’s how to keep kids ages 5 to 10 busy indoors explaining outer space

Spring is around the corner. Soon the weather will warm up again and the kids will spend a lot of time outside. And admittedly: There are more opportunities to explore and play outdoors. But indoors, parents and kids can have fun and learn something new, too. In today’s post, we’ll explain how you can make rockets with kids between 3 and 8 years old. This way you can explain space and the work of the astronaut in a playful way.

Craft big rockets while learning something new with the kids.

Rocket from empty PVC bottle tinker instruction

The first craft project is great for kids between 6 and 10 years old . It’s a fun way to explain to them what outer space is, what it’s made of, and you’ll need the following materials:

  • A 2 liter disposable bottle
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paintbrush
  • Cardboard
  • Clay cardboard
  • four toilet paper rolls

Rocket craft tutorial DIY with cardboard

First, cut out the necessary details from cardboard. Then paint the toilet paper rolls and the bottle in dark blue and green. Cut the 2-liter bottle to size and assemble the rocket.

Rocket craft with PVC bottle and toilet paper rolls and cardboard

If you wish, you can also cut out stars and planets from clay cardboard and explain the solar system and outer space . While making the rocket, you can also explain to the children how a rocket works and how it is powered.

Make rockets out of toilet paper rolls with the kids: Simple instructions

Rocket from toilet paper roll and cardboard tinker instruction


If you want to make a rocket with children aged 5, then the next tutorial is for you. You will need clay cardboard in orange, yellow, brown, dark blue, turquoise and sky blue, gray clay paper, scissors, a pencil and a toilet paper roll.

Rocket from toilet paper rolls and clay cardboard craft ideas

First, measure the height of the toilet paper roll, then cut a strip of clay paper. Wrap it around the toilet paper roll and glue the strip in place. Then trace out and cut out each detail. Next, mark three points on the bottom of the toilet paper roll and cut slits 4 inches deep. Then cut three rocket feet from the dark blue clay cardstock. Each rocket foot should be shaped like a triangle with a right angle.  Then cut 4 cm slits in the rocket feet. Then put the windows and the “fire” together and glue them in place. Next, shape the brown clay cardstock into a cone for the top of the rocket.

Craft rockets from yogurt cups and cardboard: DIY idea for children from 5 years

Rocket craft from paper cups and cardboard


By the way, you can make a rocket from other household things. Yogurt cups or disposable cups are perfect for this. First, let the kids paint the cups any way they want. Then cut out the windows from clay cardboard. You can make the fire out of strips of tissue paper in different colors.

Rocket from yogurt cups tinker instruction

Make a Valentine’s Day card with a rocket from popsicle sticks

Greeting card for Valentine's Day with rocket craft instructions

You want to make a nice Valentine’s Day card with the kids or maybe surprise mom or dad for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day? With the next greeting card you will certainly succeed. For the card you need black or dark blue clay cardboard, white clay paper, four popsicle sticks, coloring paints, colored paper in red or pink with heart motifs, orange clay cardboard and self-adhesive stars.

Rocket from popsicle sticks craft tutorial DIY ideas for kids

First, cut out a crescent moon from the white clay paper. Use a fineliner to write “I love you to the moon and back” on the moon, then glue it in the upper left corner of the card.  Cut out the details for the rocket and paint the popsicle sticks in white.

Rocket from popsicle sticks craft and cardboard DIY idea

Then assemble the rocket and glue it to the black clay cardstock. Decorate the Valentine’s Day card with self-adhesive stars in different colors.

Make rockets from foam rubber and toilet paper rolls: Instructions for children between 5 and 7 years

Rockets from toilet paper rolls tinker instruction

With children aged 5 years, you can also make rockets from toilet paper rolls and foam rubber. The material has the advantage that it does not fray and is easy to work with. Therefore, it is ideal for toddlers whose fine motor skills are not yet fully developed. If you want to craft with foam rubber, then you should use a special glue.

Craft rockets that fly: DIY idea for children 8 years and older.

Rocket craft to blow out with drinking straw and clay cardboard

With a straw, white clay paper and pipe cleaners you can craft rockets that fly. By the way, you can also form other motifs from pipe cleaners. The main thing is that they are light and can fly far.

Craft rocket backpack: Instructions for 10-year-old children

Rocket backpack craft tutorial for kids

With the rocket backpack, or jet pack, a person can move freely in the air. The rocket backpacks allow astronauts to move around in space. For example, they can make necessary repairs.

You can make a rocket backpack from plastic bags, 2-liter bottles and threads. Depending on how much free time you have, you can also decorate the rocket backpack as you like.

Making a rocket is a lot of fun. The kids have the opportunity to learn something new and then they can play with the rocket. All in all, it is a good idea for kids activity on rainy days .