Mama Diaries

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Rocket Balloon

"Guess what we did in school, today?" my eleven-year-old son asked.

"What?" I replied.

"We made a rocket balloon!"

That sounded interesting. "How did you do that?"

"We took 1000 centimeters of kite string and attached it to the top of the flagpole. Then we staked the other end on the ground, so it went up at an angle."

I didn't want to know how they got the string to the top of the flagpole. Hopefully they raised it like they would raise a flag, and nobody had to endanger their lives actually climbing to the top of it.

"Then what?" I asked.

"Then we attached a balloon to a straw and attached that to the string. And guess what?"

"What?"

"I got to blow up the balloon."

That didn't surprise me. He has the most hot air, I'm sure!

He continued. "You should have seen that thing rocket to the top! It was awesome!"

I'm sure it was. In case you'd like to see one of these balloon rockets in action, you can watch the video. (I'm sure my son's version was even way more exciting than this!)

  

29 comments:

  1. Hopefully no flag pole climbing was had lol never knew balloons moved so err umm fast.

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    1. A lot of hot air can really push them along!

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  2. Hi, dear Sherry!

    Who knew a rocket balloon is a thing? :) I think Bubba just discovered a cheaper form of space travel!

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  3. such fun... as long as no balloons were hurt

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    1. No balloons or flagpoles were hurt in the process.

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  4. This was pretty cool... I am glad to hear he enjoyed it xox

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  5. Never heard of that. At least it wasn't cold and someone stuck their tongue to the flagpole.

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  6. Never heard of it. Too cold here right now, for sure. Cool that he got to be the one to blow up the balloon. :)

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  7. A rocket balloon? Sounds like a fun school activity, for sure!

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    1. The teachers come up with some pretty fun projects.

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  8. No one climbed the flagpole. Liability issues.

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  9. This sounds really familiar like I may have done it before, but my schools never did anything exciting so I know it can't possibly have happened.

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    1. haha! Maybe it was the one and only time they did something interesting and exciting!

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  10. I really feel I missed out at school. We never seemed to do anything this exciting like this though Mr T assures me he did. Oh well, away to find a balloon. Thanks for the video.

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    1. I didn't have so much fun in school, either. Teachers make it more exciting these days.

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    1. Definitely nice for the kids to get out of their chairs and go outside!

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  12. Sounds fun! Glad he had a fun time doing this all!

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  13. Glad you included the video so we could see what it looked like. There is probably some science behind this activity. Thanks for visiting my WEP Christmas tale!

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    1. I really enjoyed your story! Nice job with it!

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  14. I've never heard of a Rocket Balloon before.Interesting read.
    Yvonne.

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    1. I hadn't heard of it either, before this.

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    2. Still can't comment on your blog, Yvonne, even though I am a member. I hope you get your Christmas wish. Merry Christmas!

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