Launching a matchstick rocket!

We made a very simple matchstick rocket! We took a matchstick and a needle and laid the needle right up against the matchstick. Then we covered the matchstick head and needle in foil so that it came around 1/3 of the way down the match. We removed the needle so that there was a very small gap between the match and the foil. We then bent a paperclip so that it would act as a rocket launcher, and placed the match on the paperclip. Finally, we lit another match under the matchstick head that was covered in foil, and waited for it to launch. My preschooler loved the result – hear his squeal of delight!


Hi! I’m Claire, stay-at-home-mum to two gorgeous boys and a lovely girl. My kids are energetic, spirited and full-of-life, and they certainly keep me on my toes. I love spending time with them and seeing them learn and experience new things – I hope that this blog will give you ideas to try out on the children in your life!

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