Here at Science Sparks, we love experiments you can make fly. We’ve got different types of rockets, paper spinners, parachutes and even a paper helicopter. Which will you try first?
All these science experiments are great for learning about forces. Gravity, friction and air resistance are all examples of forces you need to consider when making things fly!
Experiments you can make fly
One of my most popular science experiments is our water-powered bottle rocket. This one takes a bit of setting up, but it can be used repeatedly, so it is definitely worth the initial effort. You can also buy a bottle rocket kit which makes it a bit easier.
We decorated ours, but that’s completely optional.
The lovely image below is taken from This Is Rocket Science which includes complete instructions for how to make a rocket and 69 other fun space-themed experiments and activities,
Squeezy Bottle Rocket
Film Canister Rockets
We found these awesome ( and simple to make ) helicopters in the fantastic new Easy Paper Projects book from Red Ted Art.
Tinkerlab makes some brilliant paper aeroplanes. Try having a competition to see who can get their plane to fly the furthest. This is great for a bit of measuring practice too.
Paper and Straw Aeroplanes
Red Ted Art has some brilliant paper and straw aeroplanes that look very easy to make. You could also try making a giant version!
Milk Jug Rocket
Milk jug rockets are super easy to make. You need an empty, clean milk jug and a cardboard or paper cone.
We loved these paper spinners too. Try making big ones, little ones and even tiny ones to see which fall the fastest.
Mini Baking Soda Powered Bottle Rocket
This mini baking soda powered bottle rocket is a brilliant garden science project. Watch out, as it shoots up with a bang!
Do you have any more ideas for flying experiments for us?
Last Updated on January 4, 2023 by Emma Vanstone