Origami Rocket Launcher
3...2...1… Blast off! Explore the outer reaches of space with your own fleet of rocket ships. Fold and transform your origami paper into rockets, then once assembled, launch them with a straw!
We’ve all heard that rocket science is hard -- but it doesn’t have to be! With this activity kids can design, build, and launch a rocket with just a piece of paper. While this is a simple model, it works to demonstrate the complexities of aerodynamics -- that no still object will start moving by itself and that it needs a push—the harder the push, the farther or faster the flight.
Get ready... Get set... Wonder!
1. One piece of square paper per rocket. The paper can be any size but we recommend at least 6x6".
2. Straw (we notice smoothie silicone straws work best, and they're reusable!)
Start with one of your sheets of paper with the colored side facing up. Fold and unfold the paper in half from right to left. Fold and unfold the paper in half from top to bottom. Fold and unfold from corner to corner in both directions to get an X crease.
Fold the top edge of the paper down while pushing the right and left edges inward. This is what you are left with.
Fold the top edges in to meet at the center. Flip over and repeat on the other side.
Again, fold the top edges in to meet at the center. Flip over and repeat on the other side.
Fold the top corners up and out to create the landing pads. Flip over and repeat on the other side.
Gently pull the landing pads apart to finish your rocket. Stick your finger into the middle of the rocket to shape out the landing pads and stand the rocket up.