Monday, February 7, 2011

10-Minute Jet Pack Craft

This weekend we had two preschooler birthday parties.  After all the wrapping we had an empty wrapping paper tube sitting on the dining room table.  Just before I tossed the tubed into the recycling bin, we whipped this little jet pack together while dinner was cooking on the stove.  It only take a few materials and a few minutes to make.
My son is now into the Despicable Me movie.  He particularly loves the part where Vector zooms around with his jet pack (or as my son calls it, his "Rocket Jet Pack").  
Age: 3+
Time: 10+ minutes
Cleanup: A few paper scraps, that's it!
What You Need:

We used some old drawings for the paper scraps

  • Wrapping Paper Cardboard Tube (paper towel tubes or Pringles can would probably work too)
  • Tin foil
  • Yarn or ribbon (2 pieces, about 24 inches each)
  • Red, orange, and yellow paper scraps
  • Scissors
  • Glue (To make things quicker, I just used the hot glue gun to stick everything together.  You could staple or use craft glue to adhere the pieces).

Why I Like This Craft:
This was so quick and easy to make (as are most of the crafts on this blog).  And any craft that can double as a costume accessory is always a plus!  I love pretend play!

Step 1:
Cut tube in half.

Step 2:
Cover tubes in foil.
Step 3:
Glue tubes together.

Step 4:
Poke 2 holes at the top and bottom of each tube.

Step 5:
For each tube, tie the piece of yarn  to the top and bottom of tube to make a backpack.

Step 6:
Cut scraps into flame shapes.  I drew some shapes on the paper and my son cut out the pieces.

Step 7:
Glue the flames to the bottom of the rocket jets.  All done!

See, so easy!

-Rose @-}---

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