4th of July Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Craft for Kids
Looking for a way to keep the children entertained on the 4th of July? Try this easy and fun Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Craft for kids!
This easy 4th of July craft for kids combines play, learning, and skill development in one engaging activity. Your children will improve their fine motor skills and creativity by transforming everyday toilet paper rolls into festive patriotic rockets. It also serves as an interactive educational tool by introducing children to the significance of Independence Day in a fun and hands-on way.
This craft also makes a great DIY 4th of July decoration to add a festive touch to your family’s 4th of July celebrations. Whether you want to hang them or even stick them in the yard, this firework craft makes a great patriotic decor idea for the home.
By the end of this craft project, your kids will have created a patriotic memento and built lasting memories of a fun-filled activity for Independence Day.
Materials Needed for the Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Craft
- Toilet paper rolls
- Scrapbook, construction, or colored paper
- Double-sided tape
- Patriotic straws
- Pom-pom pick, silver tinsel, patriotic stars pick, or anything similar
- Markers, crayons, or paint (optional)
- Stickers or other decorative items (optional)
- Pen or Pencil
Many of these craft supplies you can find at Dollar Tree. The patriotic pick and scrapbook paper I found at Hobby Lobby, though.
How to Make the 4th of July Toilet Paper Roll Rocket Craft
Gather your supplies
See the above list for all the required materials to make this craft.
Add decorative paper to the rocket’s body
Choose the color and type of paper you want to design your rocket.
Cut out a rectangle. The length of this rectangle should match the height of your toilet roll. Ensure the rectangle’s width extends beyond the roll’s circumference.
Wrap the paper around the rocket and tape it to the roll with double-sided tape. I taped the paper to the rocket inside and then taped the paper together on the outside. If you have any excess paper sticking out on the ends, you can fold it inside the roll.
If you opt not to use paper to decorate your rocket, you may paint or color the roll with markers or paint pens.
Make the Rocket’s Top
Cut out a 3-5 inch circle from the paper, depending on how big you want the top to be. I traced a circle onto the back of the paper using a ribbon roll as a “template.”
Cut a slit halfway through the circle. Gently twist it into a cone shape and tape it together. Add glue around the top of your rocket and place the rocket’s cap on top. Let it dry.
Add the Fuse and Flames
Glue or tape the fuse and flames to the inside bottom of the roll on opposite sides.
If you don’t have the picks or tinsel for the flames, you can cut small strips of streamers or colored paper to make them and tape them along the bottom of the rocket.
Decorate the Toilet Paper Roll Rocket
Feel free to add creative touches by adding any optional embellishments such as stickers or glitter to it.
4th of July Toilet Paper Rocket Craft for Kids
- 1 pair of scissors
- double sided tape
- pen or pencil to trace the circle
- scrapbook paper, construction paper, or cardstock
- patriotic paper straws
- toilet paper roll
- Pom-pom pick, silver tinsel, patriotic stars pick, or similar
- markers, crayons, or paint (optional)
- stickers, glitter, or other decorative accents (optional)
- Measure and cut out a rectangular piece of paper. The length of this rectangle should match the height of your toilet paper roll. Ensure that the rectangle's width extends beyond the roll's circumference.
- Wrap the paper around the rocket and tape it to the roll with double-sided tape. I added tape to the inside and outside of the roll.
- Cut out a 3-5 inch circle from the paper, depending on how big you want the top to be. I traced a circle onto the paper using a ribbon roll as a "template."
- Cut a slit halfway through the circle.
- Twist it into a cone shape and tape it together.
- Add glue around the top of your rocket and place the rocket's cap on top.
- Place it right side up and let it dry.
- Glue or tape the fuse and flames to the inside bottom of the roll on opposite sides.
- Add decorative embellishments, such as stickers or glitter (optional).
This craft is ideal for preschoolers and elementary school-aged children ages 4 to 8. However, with some modifications and appropriate supervision, it can also be a fun project for younger toddlers and even older kids.
Absolutely! You might want to do the cutting and assembling for younger children, allowing them to focus on the decorating aspects of the craft. You can encourage older kids to add more detail to their rockets or make a fleet of different sizes.
There are many ways to add educational value to this craft. You could teach your child about the history of the 4th of July, explain why we use fireworks to celebrate, or even introduce basic concepts of how rockets work. You can also incorporate counting and color recognition for younger children.
Feel free to substitute with what you have on hand. For instance, you can paint the toilet paper roll if you don’t have scrapbook paper. You can also wrap the rocket in regular printer paper and use markers, crayons, or stickers to give it some patriotic flair!
More 4th of July Ideas
- 4th of July Crafts for Kids and Adults
- Dollar Store 4th of July Crafts
- Patriotic Mason Jar Crafts
- 4th of July Crafts for Adults
- DIY Patriotic Garlands
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