Clay Rocket

Become a rocket scientist by building your own clay rocket with air dry clay and an old toilet paper tube!

  1. Ages: 9 - 16

  2. 30 minutes - 1 hour

  3. A little messy

  4. Grownup needed

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Gather your materials.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Grab a ball of white clay about the size of your palm, and use the rolling pin to roll it out until it is long enough for it to wrap around the toilet paper tube.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2
    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Use the clay knife tool to cut the rolled out clay to the height of the toilet paper tube.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Wrap the clay around the toilet paper tube.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Trace your circular container/lid onto your colorful construction paper and cut out this shape. This will become your rocket’s nose cone.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    Roll the shape into a cone and tape it into place. Use the toilet paper tube to figure out how wide of a cone you want. Add it to the top of your rocket!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    Cut out two triangles for rocket fins.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    Squish the fins into the sides of the rocket. You may need to add more clay or glue to secure them.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Step 9

    Decorate! We used some white paper & a colored marker to create a window for our rocket.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

  • Step 10

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  • Learn moreMagnifying graphic

    Most rockets are made of 2 or 3 big pieces called “stages”. When the fuel from one stage is used up, the rocket lets go of the stage so it can lighten its load and travel further!

    Just like our clay rocket, all rockets have nose cones. Rockets with pointy nose cones (like ours) are designed to fly at supersonic speeds, that’s faster than the speed of sound! Round nose cones are used for slower rockets and most airplanes.

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