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Credenhill, Hereford

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2. Balloon Powered Vehicles


Challenge children to create a moving vehicle powered by nothing more than the air within a blown up balloon. Let them be as creative as they like when it comes to choosing a vehicle that travels across land or water, or through the air.

Base materials will vary according to the type of vehicle the children choose to make but as a minimum we suggest you provide the following to allow children to experiment with the balloon-powered element of the challenge;

  • Balloons
  • Straws
  • Tape
  • String
  • Elastic bands
  • Pegs

Challenge variations;

  • Set a minimum distance the vehicle must travel.
  • Set a starting point and a target in the room that the vehicle is required to hit.
  • Have a competition between teams or individuals to see which completed vehicle can travel the furthest distance.