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Space Rocket

5, 4, 3, 2, 1, Lift off!

Want to make an easy-peasy rocket? Here’s how!

You will need…

*A paper towel tube
*Construction paper
*Pencil, markers or crayons
*Markers, crayons or stickers (optional)

How to…

Wrap construction paper around the tube and tape or glue in place. (If a single piece of construction paper isn’t big enough, use another piece of construction paper to finish covering the tube.)

Cut 4 slits on one end of the tube. Each slit should be about 2 1/2 inches long, and each pair should be located opposite another. (They should divide the tube into 4 equal sections.)

Using construction paper, cut out two triangles that are about 5 inches long and 4 inches tall.

Cut a slit in each of the two triangles. Each slit should go halfway through the triangle; one goes through the top of a triangle, the other goes through the bottom of the triangle.

Using the triangle with the slit in the bottom, slip the triangle onto the rocket’s body in two of the slits.

Using the triangle with the slit in the top, slip the triangle onto the rocket’s body (in the other two slits). In addition to going onto the rocket, this triangle should also slip into the other triangle. You may have to jiggle the paper a bit to line the slits up. This forms a steady base for your rocket.

Using construction paper, cut a circle about 4 inches in diameter. Cut a slit from the outer edge to the center.

Turn the circle into a cone, and secure it with glue or tape.

Tape the cone to the top of the rocket.

Decorate the rocket with stickers, markers or crayons.