Flight Activities
Paper Rockets

These flight activities are fun and filled with a challenge. The challenge is to build paper rockets and see how far you can make them fly with a single puff of air!

Paper rockets, Photo by Myrna Martin


  • Plain sheet of paper (8 1/2 x 11 inches)
  • Pencil (larger diameter than the straw)
  • Scissors
  • Straw
  • Tape
  • Ruler


  1. Cut a strip of paper 1 1/2 inches wide and 11 inches long.
  2. Wrap the paper around a pencil in a spiral.
  3. Tape around the paper spiral in the middle and at both ends.
  4. Trim off the both ends so they are even.
  5.  Fold over the top of the rocket and tape it down.
  6. A sample rocket fin is shown to give you an idea of how to construct one.
  7. Create fins for the rocket any shape you would like. You might make several different rockets with different shaped fins to see which will fly the furthest.
  8. You can use 3 or 4 fins on your rockets when building them.
  9. See which rocket travels the greatest distance with different numbers of fins.

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Special notes on building the rocket

  • The main body of the rocket and fins in the picture are different colors so they are easier to see in the picture.
  • If you are having trouble attaching the fins try this. Cut the part that folds back and attaches to the rocket in half.
  • The top part of the fins can then be folded and taped in one direction and the bottom in the opposite direction.

Science behind the activity

In this flight activity the thrust of the rocket which propels it into space is the air blown through the straw. The fins act like rudders on the rocket to keep it traveling on a smooth path.

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