I’m sure you have seen all the fun balloon rockets all over Pinterest. Science Bob has a great tutorial on how and why these little racing balloons work so well. Since St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner, we decided to try Racing Balloon Leprechauns instead of rockets. We used nylon kite string, wide straws (the kind that are wrapped in paper from restaurants), green electrical tape and some leprechaun coloring sheets printed off the internet.
How to create your own Racing Balloons:
The leprechauns were taped to the straw then the straw was taped to the balloon. The kids were so excited to try out their flying leprechauns. They giggled that the leprechaun would go faster if they had a rainbow and a pot of gold to race to. Sounds good to me.
I love the racing leprechauns. They looked so funny floating through the air.
The regular round balloons worked great. However the kids wanted to try some special balloons that their grandma sent in a package. These balloons are hilarious. It took a bit of patience to blow them up, but it was worth the wait. The longer shape made the balloons fly faster more like a rocket.
Now that is one fast leprechaun!
Have fun racing your Leprechauns!
Here is a link to a fun list of great experiments that my kids love.