Is your child intrigued by space exploration? A quick trip to the hardware store and you’ll have all you need to help your adventurer prepare for flight by making a space helmet and jet pack.
- disposable painter’s bucket (or a box or even a bike helmet)
- scissors or a utility knife
- silver duct tape
- two empty 2-liter soda bottles
- flexible plastic tubing
- red, yellow, and/or orange tissue paper
To make the helmet
1. Cut a rectangular piece out of the bucket that’s aligned with your child’s eyes (this will be the “visor” your child looks through).
2. Cover the bucket with foil, securing with duct tape.
To make the jet pack
1. Cover both of the 2-liter bottles with silver duct tape.
2. Attach the bottles by wrapping a long piece of duct tape around both bottles.
3. For straps, cut two pieces of flexible plastic tubing long enough to go around your child’s arms. With the bottles facing downward, tape the tubes to inside of the jet pack. Alternatively, you can use ribbon as straps, attaching them to the jet pack with duct tape, or just fold the duct tape over itself to make it not sticky and use that as straps.