Transform a  paper towel roll into our very own rocket ship. No rocket fuel needed, these space shuttles are sparked by love and fueled by imagination!

Materials to Make Cardboard Roll Rocket Ship:

  • Cardboard space shuttle template
  • Cardboard paper towel roll
  • Cereal Box
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Permanent marker
  • Glue
  • Mod Podge
  • Sponge Brush
  • Scrap paper
  • Tray ( to hold paint and glue)
  • Optional:  Straw, tape, and yarn (if you want it to slide around)
Directions to Make Cardboard Roll Space Shuttle:

1.  Print out the template.  Cut out the body/wing piece and the rudder piece.  Trace them on a cereal box and cut them out.

2.  Then, cut out three slits in you paper towel roll.  Cut out two approximately 2 1/2 ” slits on both sides of your paper towel roll.  Then, cut out one approximately 2 ” slit on the top of your paper towel roll.  (Confused?  See the template for a diagram.)

3.  Slide your body/wing piece through your cardboard roll.  Its slits should slide nicely into your cardboard roll’s 2 1/2″ side slits.  Then, slide your rudder piece in.  The rudder’s top slit should slide into your cardboard roll’s 2″ slit, and the bottom slit should slide into your body/wing’s slit.  (Again, the template makes this much clearer.)  If the slits don’t exactly match, cut them longer as necessary.  Also, you can always add a dab of glue to make your pieces stay in place.

4.  Once everything fits nicely, pull your pieces apart and paint them! Paint the bottom of the body/wing portion black. Let it dry and then paint everything else white. Add the black details.

5.  Coat it with a layer of Mod Podge to protect your paint job. (If your kids have perpetually sticky hands, definitely recommend this step)

6.  Slide the pieces together and then play!  (Once again, if the slits don’t quite fit together because of your paint or Mod Podge, just make them longer or add glue.)

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