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Super EASY-to-Make Balloon Hovercraft

Whether your kiddo is fascinated by the possibilities of aliens from outer space or you just want to make a super cool car-of-the-future, this balloon hovercraft is loads of fun! This cd hovercraft is simple to make in just 5-10 minutes and loads of fun to fly for hours and hours! Try this cd balloon hovercraft experiment for a fun kids activity for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too.

Whether your kiddo is fascinated by the possibilities of aliens from outer space or you just want to make a super cool car-of-the-future, this balloon hovercraft is loads of fun! This cd hovercraft is simple to make in just 5-10 minutes and loads of fun to fly for hours and hours! Try this cd balloon hovercraft experiment for a fun kids activity for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too.

Balloon Hovercraft

This is so much more than just a cool alien craft! This balloon hovercraft is an outrageously fun STEM activity for elementary age students. Children will design their own cd hovercraft with a few simple materials and then have fun comparing their designs and functionality. This cd hovercraft experiment is fun for preschoolers kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, and grade 5 students. Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – this balloon hovercraft experiment is a must! Try this balloon experiment at home, in the classroom, or as part of a stem camp.

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Cd hovercraft

This super cool balloon car project couldn’t be any easier! All you need are a few supplies you probably have laying around the house:

  • sharp scissors (use under the direction of a responsible adult)
  • plastic bottle cap
  • strong glue (I used my handy, dandy hot glue gun)
  • CD or DVD disc
  • 7 or 8 inch balloon

make a hole in the cap

Cd balloon hovercraft

Start out by making a 1/2-inch hole in the center of your cap by piercing it with sharp scisorrs and rotating the blade clock wise to widen the hole.

Reminder, scissors are sharp, please do under close adult supervision.

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Now glue the flat side of the cap to the center of the disc so that the holes align. Allow the glue to dry.

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Cd hovercraft experiment

While your glue is drying, or after with young kids, take some time to decorate your flying spaceship with colored sharpie markers.

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Once you have finished decorating your cd or dvd disc and the lid is solidly attached, it’s time to move on.

Cd hovercraft experiment

Balloon hovercraft experiment

Now it’s time for the fun! Blow up the balloon and tist the end tightly to not allow air to escape, but don’t tie it off.

Balloon hovercraft experiment

Pull the lip of the balloon over the edge of the cap until it is securely in place.

Cd balloon hovercraft

Balloon Activity

Now allow the balloon to untwist. As the air escapes the hovercraft will glide along the surface without touching it.

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STEM Activity for Kids

So, how does this hovercraft craft work? As the air rushes out of teh balloon through the hole, it forms a cushion below the cd that supports the entire surface of the cd because air is escaping from all sides. Since their is no friction from the rubbing of the disc and the surface, the space ship can move freely.

Have you ever heard of a lemon volcano? Kids are going to love this fun, creative,volcano experiment that screams summer! This simple lemon volcano experiment is perfect for curious kids from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders too. All you need are a few simple materials to make some amazing erupting lemon volcanos! Looking for a really fun and memorable science experiment for kids? You will love these EPIC pop rocks experiment. Try this pop rocks science experiment with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th grade students to try a simple chemical reaction. This Whether you try this pop rocks science experiments for homeschool science, at a science birthday party, or as part of a summer science project - this is a MUST try,  really cool science experimentkids will LOVE. The goal of an amazing science experiment for kids is to grab kids attention and make them wonder why did that happen, how could that work, and I want to try that! This leak proof bag is such a simple science experiment for kids that explores polymers. What's best is this amazing science experiment with everyday materials! Try this water experiment with kids of all ages from toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. If you have a fairy fan at your house you will love this super cool DOY fairy jar craft project! With just a couple simple materials you can make a mason jar night light that will actually glow in the dark. This fairy craft is perfect for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, 5th garde, and 6th graders.  Whether you make your fairy light jars as a fun summer activity for kids or as a tinkerbell craft - this is sure to be a hit in your house!

Summer Fun

Looking for more outdoor activities for kids and things to do in the summer? Your toddler, preschool, pre k, kindergarten, and elementary age kids will love these fun ideas to keep them busy all summer long:

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Summer Activities for Kids

If you are learning about the human body for kids you have probably explores the bones, muscles, and important organs like the heart, brain, and lungs. Now it's time to explore blood for kids! This hands-on activity and EASY blood model is a great visual of what makes up blood while being a silly blood activity for kids at the same time! Your preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grad, 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th graders will love this human body activity for kids! Even your reluctant learner will get excited to try this easy science experiment where you will product a HUGE erruption! In this classic Mentos and Soda Experiment you will mix a couple simple materials to produce a chemical reaction. This mentos in Coke project is a MUST TRY for kids of all ages from preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. Even adults love trying the coke and mentos experiment. Don't worry, we'll give you the diet coke and mentos experiment results explained so you get all the learning out of this fun summer activity for kids! Tin Foil Art Looking for the best sidewalk chalk paint recipe? We think this sidewalk chalk is perfet because it is super quick, only uses 2-ingredients, and makes such bold, vibrant colors for kids to color with. Use this diy sidewalk chalk paint with toddler, preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, and 3rd graders to let their imaginations SOAR! Let them use the homeamade chalk to create dragons, butterlies, flowers, trees, aliens, and more. Creating and using homemade sidewalk chalk paingit such a fun, simple, and classic summer activity for kids of all ages!

Fun Summer Activities for Kids

Whether your kiddo is fascinated by the possibilities of aliens from outer space or you just want to make a super cool car-of-the-future, this balloon hovercraft is loads of fun! This cd hovercraft is simple to make in just 5-10 minutes and loads of fun to fly for hours and hours! Try this cd balloon hovercraft experiment for a fun kids activity for preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders too.

About the author

Beth Gorden

Beth Gorden is the creative multi-tasking creator of 123 Homeschool 4 Me. As a busy homeschooling mother of six, she strives to create hands-on learning activities and worksheets that kids will love to make learning FUN! She has created over 1 million pages of printables to help teach kids ABCs, science, English grammar, history, math, and so much more! Beth is also the creator of 2 additional sites with even more educational activities and FREE printables - www.kindergartenworksheetsandgames.com and www.preschoolplayandlearn.com

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