Build A Bottle Rocket

Build A Bottle Rocket

This activity involves pupils making and launching bottle rockets. Whilst they may not realise it, they will be seeing Newton’s third law in action: "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction".

This activity can be great fun, but there is a need for constant adult supervision and caution. The bottles can become highly pressurised and launch at great speeds.


For each rocket you will require:

  • Empty drinks bottle (cap removed)
  • 3 pencils
  • Tape
  • White distilled vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • 1 bottle cork
  • 1 sheet of kitchen roll
  • Scissors
60 mins

Age Suitability: 
5 to 7
7 to 11