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 our most popular science experiments is our bottle rocket. They do take a bit of setting up, but can be used over and over again so are 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 obviously completely optional.
The lovely image below is taken from This Is Rocket Science which includes full instructions for how to make a rocket and 69 other fun space themed experiments and activities,
Squeezy Bottle Rocket
Learn about Newton’s Third Law with this easy squeezy rocket.
Film Canister Rockets
We found these awesome ( and super 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.
These easy straw rockets are super simple to make and fly amazingly well.
Paper and Straw Aeroplanes
Red Ted Art has some brilliant paper and straw aeroplanes, these look very easy to make. You could even try making a giant version!
Milk Jug Rocket
Milk jug rockets are so easy to make. You just 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 drop the fastest.
Mini Baking Soda Powered Bottle Rocket
This mini baking soda powered bottle rocket is a brilliant garden science project. Watch out though as it will shoot up with a bang!
Do you have any more ideas for flying experiments for us?
If you enjoyed these activities don’t forget to check out our gravity experiments too!