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365…ok 366 days of simple, inexpensive and wildly fun 2-year-old play!

Air Rockets from dish soap bottle

on January 16, 2012

This seemed more like an outdoor play activity and that’s what I initially had planned for us. But after spending 3 1/2 hours at the barn this morning, my face chapped from the wind, Noah’s hands stained red from digging in the clay mud, I just couldn’t leave my warm cozy nest.
I pinned this as a 4th of July activity that Almost Unschoolers shared on their blog. It just happened to work out as the perfect repurposing craft for us, as I dumped the last of the dish soap in Noah’s bubble machine for last night’s Bubble Bubble Bath.

  • scrap paper
  • ribbon scraps
  • scissors
  • tape
  • empty dish soap bottle, or similar squeeze bottle

Here’s everything you’ll need.  Plus tape.  Nowie absconded with the tape before I could take the picture.

We cut a circle out of scrap paper, cut a slit into it and taped it to create a small cone.  I told Noah we were going to put ribbons on the cone.  This is his interpretation of that:

Not bad.  While I tried a different way of attaching the ribbons, Kitty showed up.  Big surprise.  Kitty seems to show up a lot during our play adventures.

With a few ribbons attached, we placed the adorned cone atop the dish soap bottle and squeezed.  The rocket shot into the air!  Noah had a bit more difficulty squeezing the bottle with enough “umpf” but he quickly developed his own way of firing the rocket into the air.

And if all else fails, you can always just play with the ribbon.

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