Sharing my first post on fun toddler activities. Made these fun little rocket jetpacks for my boys and the first they wore them, i died of cuteness and ofcourse took a million photos. 😉 Seeing them trod from one room to the other wearing these gives me the laughs everytime i see them. They love them to so much and if one of them requests to wear it, the other has to follow and soon I have my little astronauts reporting for duty.
So a few months ago, Hamza got this homework project from school to make a prop regarding any movie character that he idealises. Hamza is always pretending to be an astronaut around the house, so it only seemed fitting that we make an astronaut prop together. We made this silver astronaut helmet out of an old cardboard bag, cut out the centre on the front for the face and attached foil-wrapped straws on the top for antennas.
How cute does he look? 😉
I could have stopped right there but I didn’t. While browsing around, i saw these rocket jetpacks and i instantly knew that I had to make them for both the boys, I am a sucker for anything matchy-matchy for them specially cute costumes.
Making these jetpacks wasn’t too tricky once i had the supplies with me. I wish I had step by step pictures of the process. I will still try to write down all the materials used and the steps followed if anyone wants to try and make these at home.
2 soda bottles (any size that seems fit according to the size of your child)
a few crepe paper sheets in red and orange
Remove labels from the soda bottles, wash and dry them. Carefully spray paint them on all sides. Set to dry.
To make the fire: Cut about 4-5 inches chunk of a crepe paper roll from one side. Take that piece and randomly make cuts horizontally across it, being careful not to cut all the way through. Do this with each color of crepe paper to be used for fire. Then open and spread the cut-out piece and place the two colored, cut of pieces of top of eachother and start rolling by making small turns. Make sure to keep the end of the roll that has not been cut through tight between your fingers cause you will be stuffing that side inside the soda bottle. Attach a small piece of double-sided tape to the mouth of the bottle and push the end of the crepe paper into it (remove the tape cover before pushing so the roll attaches to it).
Once you have made the cylinders with fire protruding, get a card board sheet and cut it according to the back of your child. I attached the soda bottles to using double-sided tape again. I made the black belt with some black cloth available around the house for the armholes. measure and size it accoring to your child’s shoulder and armhole. Attach the belt using stapler.
And just like that the jetpacks are good to go and ready to be worn by little explorers of space. 🙂
A few photos of my boys wearing them. Shortlisting is not my strong suite but i tried. 😛