I am super psyched to bring you this water bottle comet craft. You will turn a water bottle into a rocket that shoots across the sky. It’s simple, inexpensive, and it is so much fun to play with after the project is complete.
I’m wondering if this is a Meaningful Mama original. Sometimes I think I have something brand new to present, and then I Google it and my heart sinks as I realize it has been done before. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve subliminally seen things on Pinterest or if other people have just come up with similar ideas. I Googled “water bottle comet craft” and “water bottle rocket craft,” and I came up with nothing. Nothing. I saw some rocket ships made from water bottles, but nothing that flies like this. Has this really never been done? Do me a favor, don’t tell me if you have seen it before. Let me just have a moment.
All you need is an empty water bottle, scissors, tape, and plastic table cloths. I bought these at the Dollar Tree. I’m sure you could also use streamers or tissue paper, but I really thought the plastic table cloths would last longer.
Older kids may be able to do this step on their own, but I cut strips of table cloth in preparation for my littler kids. I kept the table cloth folded, so I could cut a number of strips at one time.
I also cut the water bottles for them, as show above.
Then, I let them get to work at taping the strips into the inside of bottom edge and inside of the water bottle. I really helped Corban. I would pull the pieces of tape for him. You will want to demonstrate how you pull the tape, add it do the end of the strip and then tape it into the inside of the water bottle, letting the strips hang down. This is a very easy craft for kids of all ages and perfect for the non-crafty mom.
Have them keep working, adding strips all the way around. They can add as many strips as they want. I am watching a friend’s daughter once a week, so she was able to join us for this activity.
They will have a water bottle that is beginning to look like a comet.
To cover the tape and make it look cleaner, I added red strips around the outer edge of the bottle using double sided tape.
Once the comet is created, the kids will definitely be ready to let them fly.
I was so impressed with how these things took flight, and the kids had a blast.
They kept their comets flying for quite some time. I was able to introduce them to the concept of a comet through this activity too. This was a new vocabulary word for them.
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