Easy Science Experiment For Kids: Match rocket

Here follow my instructions for the match rocket experiment. Explore how to use matches in a whole new way! Keep in mind that this may be dangerous so an adult must be involved to supervise. The preparations can be done indoors but don’t launch the rockets indoors! Go outdoors and have a bucket of water or a fire extinguisher nearby.

Remember to start the experiment with a hypothesis, what do you think will happen?

Instructions for parents: Read this first.

Material included:

  • Matches
  • Paper clip
  • Aluminum foil
  • A lighter

Additional things you will need:

  • A bucket with water or fire extinguisher
  • Safety glasses


  1. Cut five aluminum foil pieces, about 1.5 x 3 inches (4 x 8 cm).
  2. Carefully cut off the top of five matches.
  3. Place the entire match on the aluminum foil and roll it into a tube.
  4. Carefully pull out the long part of the match so that the tube is empty except at the top.
  5. Once you have created five rockets, it’s time to build the rocket base.
  6. Take the paper clip and unfold it partially so that one part stands straight up. (Look at the video below for a better explanation).
  7. Go outdoors and place the rocket on a smooth surface. Make sure nobody nor anything is in the rocket’s way.

To see others do the experiment look at this video:

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