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Rocket Science

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Let's Begin

Gather Materials

Balloon
Yarn
Tape
2 chairs or other surface to run the yarn across
large smoothie type straw

Step 1

Start by finding two chairs or household items to string the yarn across to make a taught straight line.

Step 2

Next, feed the yarn through one end of the straw.

Step 3

Now, blow up the balloon until it is large, but not all the way full. Hold the end closed to keep the air in while someone helps to tape the straw to one of the sides of the balloon.

rocket science - final step

Step 4

Finally, tie the other end of the yarn to the chair or household item to make it a tight straight line. Hold the balloon to one end of the yarn, and let go of the balloon. Watch the balloon zip along the yarn to the other side like a rocket!

CDC Milestones

Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:

Infants
1-year-old
  • Shows fear in some situations
  • Puts things in a container, takes things out of a container
  • Looks at the right picture or thing when it’s named
Toddlers
18-months-old
  • Explores alone but with parent close by
  • Can follow 1-step verbal commands without any gestures
  • Drinks from a cup
Preschoolers
2-years-old
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Might use one hand more than the other

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