How to make a fun Balloon Rocket to curb Summer Boredom

I’m super excited to be participating in the Summer Survival For Moms of Boys hosted by Kara from The Joys of Boys. Kara has rounded up a long list of awesome Boymoms to share fun crafts, activities, treats and tips to keep our boys happy and on the move all Summer long! Today I’m sharing an easy peasy Balloon Rocket that can be set up in just minutes using items you probably already have in your house, so when boredom strikes you have a quick and easy activity ready to go! Happy Summer!

Balloon Rocket


What You’ll Need

1. Balloons – experiment with different sizes and shapes!

2. String

3. Tape (I find wide packing tape works great!)

4. Plastic Straw


Ready to Launch

This activity can be done indoors or outside. Tie one end of the string to a chair, door knob, fence, tree etc for support. We like to fire ours out of the boys climber and tie the string to a nearby tree. 

Put the other end of the string through the straw.

Pull the string tight and tie it to another support in the room or you can just hold on tight to this end.

Blow up the balloon (but don’t tie it.) Pinch the end of the balloon and tape the balloon to the straw. You’re ready for launch!

Begin the countdown, let go and watch the rocket fly!


launch Collage

It’s all about the air!  As the air rushes out of the balloon, it creates a forward motion called thrust.  In a real rocket, thrust is created by the force of burning rocket fuel as it blasts from the rockets engine – as the engines blast down, the rocket goes up! In our rocket, the energy of the air being forced out of the end of the balloon pushes the balloon forward. Try experimenting with different shapes and sizes of balloons and even the angle of the string. Can the balloon shoot straight up? Down? How far can you get your rocket to go?

flying rocket 2 pm

lift off


Summer Survival Series color

Looking for more fun activities and ideas for your boys? Check out these awesome ideas below from fellow boymoms!


  1. Oh my!! My boys would love that!!

  2. I was just telling my husband about your post! I think we’re going to attempt it this weekend.

  3. That’s a great idea! So simple yet I can see the kids playing with it over and over again for sure! Thanks.

  4. This is a perfect idea to do with kids, they’ll love this!

  5. My kids will love this! What fun! And easy to do in the summer. Great link up too!

  6. This is awesome! I have all of the supplies here already – now I just need it to stop raining so we can get outside to play!

  7. Hi Jennifer!
    Thanks for the clear images and instructions on this blog post. I’m using a link to this page to challenge other parents to do this activity with their kids. I’m planning to begin issuing daily/weekly challenges to get families doing things together. This is my experimental challenge to begin building a buzz! Keep your fingers crossed that the buzz builds! Thank you for helping me get started with this great post! Making memories together!

  8. Marilyn Legault says:

    Enjoyed your idea, we’ll have to get the supplies to try this, thanks

  9. Tricia Hope says:

    I did something similar with my kids when we homeschooled.Will do this with my grand daughter for sure!Thanks for the reminder!

  10. Laurie P says:

    Today would be the perfect day to do this, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. Judy Cowan says:

    Thanks for the idea, will have to do this with my nephew!

  12. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    this would be lots of fun for everyone involved I’m sure. Your boys certainly were having lots of fun that’s for sure 🙂

  13. Aliya D says:

    I know two little boys who would love this! Thank you for the instructions… I will have to give it a shot tomorrow afternoon.

  14. loucheryl says:

    My boys would LOVE this! They really love balloons. 🙂

  15. Anne Taylor says:

    This is so cool!!! bookmarking to do with the grandkids

  16. Lynda Cook says:

    Balloon rockets are awesome, we used to do them when I was younger, it’s funny how something so simple can be so much fun!!

  17. OMG! I’m definitely going to do this with Little when she (and her Momma) gets here next week. She’ll flip!

  18. Perfect for young kids! 🙂

  19. Laurie P says:

    Showing this to hubby and jr again…..would love for them to try this out with our girl today. Low key day today, hanging out at home.

  20. heidi c. says:

    My kids would just have a blast doing this!

  21. Tricia Hope says:

    What a great idea for a homeschool family,thanks!

  22. Victoria Ess says:

    This is a fun idea! Your little one certainly looks like he is getting a kick out of it! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Caroline says:

    This is such a fun, simple idea!

  24. kathy downey says:

    The boys will enjoy this,soon as the weather warms we aer going to try it

  25. loucheryl says:

    I’m going to give this a try this week. My little guy’s 3rd birthday was Saturday and I have some balloons kicking around.

  26. So fun! I totally remember doing this as a kid!!

  27. Darren Scrubb says:

    A very interesting creation for sure,

  28. This would be a fun project.

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