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Homemade Water Rocket! Teach your children to follow directions.

December 15, 2019


Hi, I’m Cameron. I have a Master’s in Social Work, and I’m a Behavior Specialist with may years working with families in their homes using the Teaching Family Model. Today, I’m going to show you a water bottle rocket activity that is a lot of fun to do as a family. All the families that I’ve used it with have really enjoyed it. The bottle rocket goes up really high, 50-60 feet. This is a great activity to use with Following Instructions. So, what you’re gonna need for the water bottle rocket activity is a 2 liter bottle, you’ll need 2 cups of water, 1 cup of vinegar, and this is the cheapest white vinegar that you can buy, you’ll need a board, and a screw at least 2 inches or longer, a cork, and duct tape, a paper towel and 2table spoons of baking soda. So what you wanna do now, is have your children pour in the 2 cups of water and the 1 cup of vinegar in the bottle So, to use the skill following instructions, what you’ll do, is you’ll give them an instruction. Something like, “Okay, I need you to go get the measuring cup and pour 2 cups of water in it and bring it back here.” If that’s too much for them, break it down, make it more simplified, you can ask them just to go get the measuring cup and have them follow instructions that way. And then add the 2 cups of water and then pour it in. It just depends on the ability level of your children. You want to make sure that they follow the instructions. That they look at you, that they say ‘okay,’ that they go do the instruction right away, and that they come back and recognize somehow that they completed it. Whether it’s ‘I did it’ or ‘awesome’, ‘hooray’, jumping up and down, whatever type of recognition they want to do or that you want to do that’s fun. So, now you’re going to make the baking soda pack that you’re going to drop in to the pop bottle that will set off the reaction to shoot it up in the air. This part is the most complicated part that your children will do. It’s actually pretty easy to mess up but that’s okay! Then it brings out some frustration and we see if they can use the skill while they’re a little bit frustrated, and so that helps to challenge them a little bit. So what you do, is you take 2 table spoons of baking soda and you pour it out along the paper towel. The paper towel is about, 5 inches by 11 or so. So you put it along the middle here. And then the way that you fold it is really important. So the first thing that your gonna do is fold it over once hot dog style. And then you’re going to fold the ends in. And then, you’re going to just wrap it tightly because it needs to be small enough to fit in to the top of the pop bottle and be able to drop in. Alright, next you’re going to want to take your board and your screw that’s 2 to 3 inches long and you’ll put it up through the board so that it’s sticking up. This is the part that the adult will want to do. Then you’ll have your cork, and I’ve wrapped this cork in duct tape to make it fit tighter in to the pop bottle so it really fits in there well. Then you’ll screw the cork on to your board and there’s your launch pad. Alright, so what you’ll want to do is go out in to a large area because this goes up really high and you kinda don’t know where it’s gonna come down.So, You’ll take your launch pad, which we have right here, and your baking soda pack and then what you’ll do is you’ll insert this in to the pop bottle and you’ll just hold it right above before dropping it. You’ll take your launch pad in your other hand and you’ll drop the baking soda pack in to the bottle and quickly put this on the top and then you’ll flip everything over. It may take a minute or so, or just a couple of seconds, it kinda varies each time, that’s what makes it fun And then, it’s gonna explode and shoot off.

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