Sunday, 22 October 2017
Latest Issue


Summer 2016

Calling all aspiring astronauts and future space scientists! Strap on your moon boots and prepare for liftoff by building your own rocket with the Astronaut Academy…

The best way to find out how rockets work is to make one! By making a balloon rocket,
you’ll see how rockets move forward using propulsion.

MAKE your own ROCKET
You will need:
a straw
a balloon
sticky tape
about 4 m (13 feet) of string

1. Push the string through the straw.
2. Tie each end of the string to the back of a chair and move the chairs apart so that the string is tight.
3. Blow up the balloon, but do not tie it. Pinch the end so the air does not escape.
4. Tape the balloon to the straw. You might need someone to hold the balloon while you do this.
5. Pull the balloon rocket to one end of the string, let go, and watch as it is propelled.

As the air rushes out of the balloon, it forces the balloon to move forwards.

In a full-size rocket, fuel is burned to create a gas that rushes out of the back of the rocket, forcing it forwards in exactly the same way as your balloon.

What’s it like to be an astronaut on a mission to Mars? Kids will not only find out but can also train for their own missions in this exciting activity book. Once enrolled in the academy, they face a variety of missions and challenges that mimic the real-life task astronauts have to perform in space, like how to deal with weightlessness and doing fiddly things while wearing big gloves! Jam-packed full of goodies including stickers, a poster, board game and a model space shuttle, Astronaut Academy by Steve Martin and illustrated by Jennifer Farley, £9.99, is available in August.

Your Comments

  • Crafty Kids: Make Your Own Autumn Mask

    Stand out from the crowd this Halloween — use autumn’s woodland colours to create these weird and wonderful masks. They’re lots of fun, super easy, and make for a unique Halloween costume! More..


    Decorate your home to welcome in the new season. Made from small scraps of brightly colored fabrics, these cheery little acorns make a pretty autumnal garland. More..

  • Crafty Kids


  • Crafty Kids: Pompom Necklace

    Pompoms are the accessory of the summer and making jewellery with pompoms is a fun activity for a rainy afternoon. You only use small pompoms, so they are quick to make and the whole necklace is very easy to put together. More..

  • Crafty Kids: GARDEN GETAWAYS

    Are you a den dreamer, a den designer and a den builder? Escape outdoors to use your imagination, be creative, make up the rules, explore the wild world and create magical hideaways in which to spend your time… More..

  • Space: Can you draw?

    Whether it’s a planet, a rocket ship, or an astronaut there are ways of simplifying a subject to capture the feel of it. Try and copy these space-themed objects to create your own space odyssey adventure… More..

Download boredom busting activity sheets here

Web design and development by Creative Online Media, Belfast. Copyright 2007-2008. All rights reserved.

This page is valid XHTML 1.0 Strict, CSS