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Flying Pirate Parrot Straw Rockets

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Completed Parrot Straw Rocket.

Ahoy, mateys! If your little pirates love setting sail on high-seas adventures, then they're in for a treat with our newest swashbuckling craft: Flying Pirate Parrot Straw Rockets! This action-packed project combines the fun of creating with the thrill of launching your very own parrot rocket into the air. Your kids will be flying high with excitement as they send their colorful parrot soaring through the sky!

In this craft, your young buccaneers will craft a vibrant parrot out of lightweight paper and attach it to a straw for easy launching. With just a few simple materials and some creativity, they'll have a fun and interactive toy to enjoy. This craft is perfect for sparking imaginative play and igniting your child's curiosity about flight.

To add even more pirate flair, this craft pairs perfectly with some of our other popular pirate-themed projects. If your little one can't get enough of the pirate life, check out our Parrot Cootie Catcher for a classic paper-folding game with a tropical twist. Or, try the Pirate Paper Bag Puppet and Pirate Clothespin Puppets for interactive playtime filled with seafaring tales and rollicking adventures.

With Flying Pirate Parrot Straw Rockets, your young adventurers will not only have a blast crafting their own parrots but will also learn about the science of flight and aerodynamics in a hands-on way. So, grab your eye patch and set sail for a fun-filled crafting experience with your crew!

Materials Needed To A Make Flying Parrot Straw Rocket:

  • Straws

  • Tape

  • Plastic pipettes or larger diameter straws

  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils

  • Scissors

  • Download Your Free Pirate Parrot Template

How to print the Parrot Straw Rocket.

STEP 1: Print

Start by printing out the free Parrot template on 8.5x11 white cardstock paper. Templates are FREE to download and can be found towards the bottom of the post.

how to color straw parrot rocket.

STEP 1: Color

Let kids channel their creativity as they color by letting the add a personal touch to each parrot.

How to cut straw rocket.

STEP 2: Cut

Cut the parrot out by following the dotted line. If your child is just learning how to cut, here are some easy tips to help them get started:

  • Safety First: Begin by teaching kids how to hold scissors safely. Show them to hold the scissors with the thumb in the smaller hole and the other fingers in the larger hole. The blades should point away from their body.

  • Proper Grip: Encourage the use of a proper scissor grip. The thumb should be on top of the handle while the fingers are below.

  • Use Child-Friendly Scissors: Make sure you provide child-sized, blunt-tip scissors that are designed for small hands. These are safer and easier for kids to handle.

  • Simple Shapes: Begin with simple shapes like straight lines or squares. Draw lines or shapes on a piece of paper for them to cut along. This helps them practice control and direction.

  • Use Dotted Lines: You can make dotted lines for them to follow initially. This provides a visual guide for where to cut.

  • Slow and Steady: Encourage them to cut slowly and steadily rather than rushing. It's okay if the cuts aren't perfectly straight at first; they will improve with practice.

  • Supervision: Always supervise children when they are using scissors, especially at the beginning. Be patient and ready to assist if needed.

  • Praise and Encourage: Offer praise and encouragement as they make progress. Positive reinforcement helps build their confidence.

Cutting with scissors is an excellent way to develop fine motor skills. In addition to cutting along lines, they can try cutting out simple shapes or making fringe on the edges of paper. Incorporate cutting into fun craft projects. For example, they can cut out pictures from magazines to make collages or cut strips of paper to create paper chains.

Remember that learning to cut with scissors is a gradual process, and every child progresses at their own pace. With patience and practice, they will become more skilled and confident in their scissor skills over time.

STEP 3: Assembling the Bats

Cut the plastic pipette so that is is just a couple of inches long. Attach the plastic pipette to the back of your parrot using tape. If plastic pipettes are not available, don't worry – we've got you covered with an alternative method using a wider straw. Simple cut down a wider straw and close off the top of the straw so that air can't get through it. You can do this by wrapping and gluing a small piece of paper around it. This step is crucial because here we are creating the mechanism that will be the key to launching your straw parrot into flight.

How to insert straw into parrot rocket.

STEP 3: Prepping for Flight

With a smaller straw then the pipette (or wider closed off straw) insert it into the pipette/straw attached to the parrot, getting it ready to take to the skies.

STEP 4: Ready, Set, Fly

Gently blow through the straw to launch the straw parrot and watch the parrot soar through the air!

Learning Extensions: Here are some ideas for taking the experience further:

  • Experiment with launch angles and observe how they affect the distance and trajectory of the flying parrots, uncovering the principles of physics.

  • Empower kids to design their own unique bat shapes, considering how different designs impact flight dynamics.

  • Enhance the parrot's flight by adding extra "wings" using tape and see how it influences their flight paths.

Celebrate the fusion of art and science through this hands-on activity that encourages creativity while imparting fundamental physics concepts. We invite you to share your innovative parrot designs and flying experiences in the comments below.

How. to download parrot straw rocket.

How To Download Parrot Straw Rocket Template:

Before you can begin you need to download the Parrot Straw Rocket template. This download is available to all members for FREE! You heard me correctly, memberships are free to join for everyone who is 18 years an older! Click on the link to signup and to find the Template.

***These printables are intended for personal and school use exclusively. Unauthorized copying, uploading, republishing, distributing or alteration of these files in any manner is strictly prohibited. If you plan to showcase these printables, please ensure to include a link back to

Ahoy, aspiring pirates and swashbucklers! If you enjoyed crafting the Flying Pirate Parrot Straw Rockets, then you're in for a treasure trove of more pirate-themed crafts on our blog! From building your own Pirate Paper Bag Puppet to stage daring tales of adventure to creating a colorful Parrot Cootie Catcher to forecast your next voyage, there's a craft for every young buccaneer. Don't forget the Pirate Clothespin Puppets for more imaginative fun on the high seas! Whether your child wants to set sail on a paper ship or explore the world of pirate dress-up, you'll find a variety of projects to spark creativity and keep the adventure going. Check out our blog for all the exciting details and set sail on a crafting journey today!

Completed Parrot Straw Rocket.


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