My son is fascinated by rockets right now. It is easy to see where he gets it. My husband came up with a brilliant design for a parachute toy tonight. As our neighbor said, "It's so simple, why haven't I thought of that before?"
Materials needed for your parachute toyplastic bottle with lid and about a half inch of water in the bottom
plastic grocery bag
How to make your own parachute toyUse the string to tie both handles of the grocery bag to the top of the bottle. Sling the whole thing into the air as high as you can. In the interest of full disclosure, the above picture was taken close to the house, so while it did go above the house, it did not go as high as the photo indicates.
The kids were too busy throwing their parachutes into the air and giggling to ask why the toy worked. However, it was still a wonderful opportunity for them to observe some of the forces basic to flight. The force of gravity pulls the bottle back to earth. The force of the air on the bag, better known as drag, pulls upward. One of the cool things about this toy, was that there was a pronounced change motion when they parachute deployed. Discussion can wait for another day.