Activity | Year of Adventure: air activities!


Yoa Kites

We’re hurtling through the Year of Adventure at the speed of light, just like some of these activities! This month, have a go at making a kite or a rocket with your Cubs.

Make your own kite! 

You will need: 

  • Clear sticky tape.
  • A ruler.
  • Scissors.
  • A ball of string.
  • A plastic bin liner.
  • Dowel rods/garden canes. 

What to do: 

1. Cut and open out the bin liner, then cut to the shape shown below.

2. Cut the dowel rods to fit down the edges of the kite and tape them into position.Kite 1 And 2

3. Cut two air holes in the bottom of the kite.

4. Put lots of sticky tape over the corners of the wings to strengthen them, before piercing a small hole in each one.Kites 3 And 4

5. Cut a length of string one and a half times the width of the kite, tie a small look in the middle of the string and attach each end to the two small holes you made in the wings.

6. Attach the ball of string to the loop and your kite is ready to fly! Kites 5 And 6


Make your own rocket!

 You will need: 

  • A plastic bottle.
  • Thick and thin cardboard.
  • Sticky tape.
  • Scissors.
  • Vinegar.
  • Baking soda.
  • Cling-film.
  • A balloon.
  • A pen.
  • A pin.
  • A rubber band.
  • A rocket launcher. 

What to do: 

1. Roll a piece of cardboard into a cone, trip the bottom so it’s even and tape it to the bottom of the bottle.

2. Cut four triangles from thin cardboard, bend little tabs into the sides and attach them around the neck of the bottle (which will be pointing downwards).

3. Fill the bottle about a quarter full with white vinegar.

4. Put six tablespoons of baking soda onto a square of cling-film, then fold and twist it loosely to secure the powder.

5. Cut a piece of balloon to fit over the mouth of the bottle and cover the whole neck.

6. With a marker pen, draw a dot in the centre of the balloon. Poke a tiny hole in the centre of the dot with a pin.

7. Carefully put the baking soda package inside the bottle. You want it to unravel but not immediately.

8. Use the dot to centre the piece of balloon over the mouth of the bottle. Secure it with a rubber band. When the rocket launches, the hole will allow the fuel to come out!

9. Place the rocket on a launcher, or stand it up on its fins…blast off!

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