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!

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