Team 1 Theme Monday 22.2.21

We are starting a new theme this half term.


I wonder if you can guess it based on today's activity??


Today we would like you to have a go at making and launching a Rocket Mouse!


You will need:

  • A piece of card to make a mouse

  • 1 plastic milk bottle (2-litre or 3-litre bottles work best)

  • Tape

  • Scissors

  • Pink rubber-glove material or paper and pens, googly eyes and extras (optional)

What to do:


Watch this video to see how to make a rocket mouse and follow the instructions.



Or follow the steps in this image:





Practicalities:

Flexible plastic bottles such as milk bottles work better than firmer fizzy-drink bottles.




Health and Safety:

Advise children not to lean over the bottle when they are launching their rocket mice. Children should lean back and squeeze or ‘clap’ the milk bottle with their arms extended. This will ensure their faces are away from the rocket mouse when it is propelled upwards.






Discussion points:

  • What is making the mouse move?

  • Which direction are you applying a force? Which direction is the mouse travelling?

  • What difference do the size of the bottle and the force of the push make?

  • Can you think of any other ways to make the mouse move?

Extension questions:

  • Can you direct the mouse to hit a target?

  • What can you do to make the mouse travel further or faster?

  • What is the heaviest mouse you can launch?

Have fun!


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