Are your kids always dreaming about flying around like superheroes? What if you could make that dream come true with a fun DIY project that involves only cardboard and pop bottles? In this blog post, we’ll show you how to make a simple jet pack that will make your kids feel like they’re soaring through the skies.
Using just a few household items and some creativity, you can make a jet pack that’s both fun to wear and easy to use. Your kids will love the feeling of flying as they shoot water out of their homemade jet pack. Not only is this project a great way to encourage imaginative play, but it’s also a fun way to teach your kids about recycling and upcycling.
So, gather up some cardboard boxes and pop bottles, and let’s get started on making a jet pack that will take your kids’ playtime to the next level. This is a project that the whole family can enjoy, and it’s a great way to spend an afternoon together while getting creative and having fun.
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How to Make a Jet Pack Craft
- Cut a piece of cardboard about 24 cm x 20 cm big and cover it with sliver or gray paper.
- Cut 4 slits on the cardboard large enough to fit your black webbing to black ribbon for the strap.
- Use a stapler to secure the black webbing.
- Cover two large pop bottles with aluminum foil but putting glue all over the foil and wrapping it around the bottles.
- Place a small rectangle piece of cardboard to the back of the bottles.
- Secure the bottles together with the small piece of cardboard using coloured masking tape.
- Cut out flames from red and yellow felt. Glue the slightly smaller yellow flame to the red on and insert them in the bottom of the bottles.
- Decorate your jets with large gold stars.
- Secure the bottles to the larger piece of cardboard using a hot glue gun or duct tape.
- Test out your jet pack!
This activity is good for pre-k, kindergarten aged children 3 years old and up. My kids are 4.5, 4.5 and 8 years old.
The mess level for this activity is low
Difficulty to Create
Gross motor skills, language development, color recognition, hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, imaginative play, creativity.
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- 2 large plastic bottles
- aluminium kitchen foil
- red and orange felt
- gold coloured paper
- black webbing or black ribbon
- Silver duct tape
- coloured masking tape
- a ruler
- a marker
- Gray or silver paper
Books, TV Show & Play Kits!
Book: Exciting Sensory Bins for Curious Kids
Did you know I wrote a book of sensory bins? Click here for more information Exciting Sensory Bin for Curious Kids. Or grab your copy at Amazon.
Boring afternoons are made exciting with awesome animal-based bins, like Salty Shark Bay or Yarn Farm. Pretend play bins like Birthday Cake Sensory Play or Bubble Tea Party encourage creativity and imagination. And your kids will have so much fun they won’t even know they’re getting smarter with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities like Sink or Float Soup, Magnetic Letter Hunt or Ice Cream Scoop and Count.
Designed for toddlers 18 months and up.
Book: Super STEAM Activity Book for Kids
Learning all about science, technology, engineering, art, and math sets kids up for scholastic success―and it can be so much fun! Watch kids enjoy building STEAM skills as they color friendly fish, help water find its way to tree roots, solve math problems with mazes, and more.
Find out more and grab your copy here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.
Book: Big Book of Riddles for Kids
Riddle me this: What’s an exciting way to practice critical thinking while having a blast? The Big Riddle Book for Kids, of course! From hilarious puns to tough brain teasers, kids can build problem-solving skills with hundreds of riddles that show them how to think outside the box.
- 350 riddles for kids—Have hours of fun with riddles, puns and jokes, and math and logic puzzles that’ll get their wheels turning!
- Level up their skills—Riddles get trickier as kids progress through the book, challenging them as they get better at solving puzzles!
- Double-check their work—Kids can check their answers in the back of the book with a handy answer key.
Help children expand their minds while having fun with this puzzle book for kids!
Designed for kids ages 6 years old and up.
TV Show: Curious Crafting
I’m so excited to finally share my new crafting TV show Curious Crafting which launched July 1 at on TVOkids and TVOkids YouTube!
Set in the ultimate crafting space, Curious Crafting is a short form pre-school age series about the joy of making crafts. I lead a rotating cast of adorable little preschoolers (including my own) making magic out of common household objects.
In each episode we transform recycled items into magical crafts like a milk carton school bus, paper bag puppet or cotton pad turtle. The crafters learn and laugh their way through each activity while demonstrating what their young imaginations can create.
Curious Crafting shares the adventure and joy of making art with takeaway lessons for creating crafts at home.
This show designed for toddlers and preschoolers 2.5 years old and up.
The Best Sensory Play Kits for Kids
Play is at the core of learning during the early years and it can take many forms. One of the most important of these is sensory play because it engages all of a child’s senses (taste, touch, smell, sight and hearing) and has a enoumous positive impact on brain development.
Our Sensory Play Kits are some fun and easy ways to keep your child engaged while at the same time using sensory play to nurture their mind!
Shop our ready made play kits here.
Designed for preschoolers 3 years old and up.