How to make a mini-hovercraft

by | Oct 8, 2012 | 3 yr old, 5 yr old, science | 0 comments

Another fun thing we did this summer was make tabletop hovercrafts! Wierd Science Kids has great instructions for how to make these using a hot glue gun, a CD, a water bottle cap (the kind that you pull up to drink from) and a balloon.

My boys had so much fun with these. Cutie Pie helped by looking at the pictures on the Wierd Science Kids site and assisting in assembling, following their process. We did have to problem solve a little bit when it wasn’t working right. Turns out there was a gap in the glue allowing air to escape.

Setting these off did take a bit of coordination, but once we got the hang of it we all had fun giving it a try! Cutie Pie could quickly explain what was making the hovercraft move so easily over the table. It was neat to see him come to the correct conclusion!

We tried guessing which way the hovercrafts would go when we set them free, but it was so hard to! I’m thinking this would lend itself to a graphing activity!

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