Science in Motion: Halloween Straw Rockets 


If you ever find us in a restaurant, my kids are the ones blowing the paper off straws at each other. (You can thank my husband for teaching them that!) Needless to say, my kids LOVED doing straw rockets for the fourth of July so I thought it would be fun to put a flying Halloween character on them and learn science with Halloween Straw Rockets.  This activity is super easy to set up and tailor the lesson to the specific age.

What you need:

  • The print out of Halloween characters that fly here
  • straws
  • tape

Here’s how you do it:

What’s the science? This is an example of Newton’s third law of motion which states for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. We talked about how we had to blow harder for the “rocket” to go farther, which shape would win the distance contest, and brainstormed what other Halloween character that fly. Most of all we just laughed at how fun this was!  Enjoy!










Post Update: How could I forget a flying purple people eater?  We did a quick sketch of what a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater would look like on construction paper and let me tell you – this was the best one to play with while singing the song.



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