Learning About Forces with the Airhogs Jet Rocket

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A week ago we recieved an Airhogs Jet Rocket to play with over the summer. We took it out to a local park to test out and it proved to be the catalyst for a discussion about forces and cause and effect with the children.

We used the airhogs jet rocket to explore early ideas about forces and cause and effect

The Airhogs Jet Rocket is a really simple but incredibly effective (and fun!) outdoor toy. It has a small launch pad that you attach the rocket to and a foot pump attached by a tube. You stomp on the footpump and the rocket zooms up. Great fun and happily the children at three and four years old and more than able to manage to set this up on their own, meaning that I got a chance to sit down and relax and just watch them play.

airhogs jet rocket

What I liked about the Airhogs Jet Rocket was that it took just minutes to put together – there is nothing worse that opening something up to find it’s going to take an age to put together – children really are not that patient.

We took it to the local park and set it up. The children had great fun setting the rocket off and trying to get it to zoom up as high as it did when I stomped on it. Miss E did ask why she wasn’t able to get it to fly as high as me, so we talked about how the rocket worked – the force of your foot on the pump pushes the air out and through the tube, causing the rocket to rise into the air – the harder you stomp the quicker the air is forced out of the pump and tube and the higher the rocket flies.

They both soon got the hang of it and began to understand that the lighter the touch on the foot pump, the less likely the rocket was to fly. Miss E was able to squeeze the air out of the pump slowly enough so that the rocket didn’t set off, and they realised that if they jumped onto the foot pump it meant that the rocket will fly higher.

airhogs jet rocket

This passed a lot of time in the park, and it attracted the attention and interest of a number of people who were walking by; asking me what it was and where we had got it from.

The children have since been playing with it in our garden, but I think it will have to stay as a park toy as the rocket did land on the roof of the extension at one point and had to be swiftly recovered by Damian!

All in all I am really impressed with the Airhogs Rocket and it’s been a good introduction to explaining forces and cause and effect to the children – who said science needs to be boring eh?

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16 Comments

  1. 5th June 2017 / 08:30

    Aww Alex would love this. I love the photo of D midjump x

  2. 5th June 2017 / 08:43

    What a great present for a kid! This is the sort of thing I would have loved at that age, especially with a dad who was a Physics Teacher he would have been all over this lol

  3. PAT
    5th June 2017 / 09:27

    That looks fab and at a great price too. I look forward to seeing it in action.

  4. 5th June 2017 / 10:57

    Looks like a great educational toy, something you wouldn’t necessarily think would be educational though as it’s so much fun x

  5. 5th June 2017 / 12:23

    I’ve seen these about and this it’s a great way of teaching children about the wow factor of forces. I’m all for any toys which you can build a good teaching point around!

  6. 5th June 2017 / 14:52

    What a great educational toy. And very clever of them to cotton onto the ‘force’ so quickly. It’s great that toy manufacturers are producing toys that are both fun and educational!

  7. 5th June 2017 / 16:13

    We have one of these and it is SO much fun! It’s also great to use to educate them about force, I never thought of that!

  8. 5th June 2017 / 21:28

    I agree with you. I hate it when a toy takes for ever to assemble! I want it now. It looks like so much fun! I would hvae loved having one when I was a kid

  9. 6th June 2017 / 03:11

    I like the idea of using rockets to educate children about the power of force that is such a neat idea. I like the idea of taking it to the park, there is more space there at least! x

  10. countryheartdeb
    6th June 2017 / 16:06

    Oh i love this, we had something similar when our boys were little but it was a little bigger and so flipping powerful it shot off the rocket and we lost it! Tears that day! lol

  11. 6th June 2017 / 16:57

    That looks good – a great toy to take to the park and educational too! Our garden is only small at the moment but we are moving soon and will have a bigger garden – I might get the girls something like this as they will have more space to play outside (hopefully without it landing on the roof, or in the field of sheep behind!)

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    6th June 2017 / 18:04

    My nephew has one of these and my three are fascinated, lots of fun for all ages and you can make a target and have a go at hitting it 🙂

  13. 7th June 2017 / 17:05

    What a fab little toy. My daughter would totally go insane for this.

  14. 7th June 2017 / 22:19

    Anything that takes minutes to put together is always a winner in my eyes x

  15. 8th June 2017 / 13:47

    What a fantastic idea! It just proves that science doesn’t have to be boring.

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