The UPS man brought us something new today: a stomp rocket. There are some fun physics in the stomp rocket, plus they’re cheaper than the model rocket (no need to buy “fee-ul”). I can also tell you that it does a pretty good job of wearing C&D out before bedtime.
We’re not done with the Alpha III, however. Yesterday C&D were bummed because they realized they had forgotten to stick their dolly C&Ds on the rocket to go up just like the astronauts. I imagined their little dolls strapped to the rocket with rubber bands or (David’s favorite) masking tape, flying high over the park. Wheeeee! C&D figured they can try it next time. (Actually, one of the Estes rockets has a cargo bay built in . . . ) (And, no, I’m not letting Dolly Carmen and Dolly David get shot into the air taped onto a model rocket. Too dangerous for everyone involved, especially the Dollies.)
The Alpha III creates a fun flame front and vapor trail that seems to say “Today, the park; tomorrow, the moon!” The box shows a picture of a rocket with an orange flame shooting out the end. I didn’t notice this at the store but at home David sure did, and asked about it. I told him that the flame in the picture was just for “decorating” (marketing, in other words), because the rocket was just pretend. I didn’t know what would come out . . . hot air? Hummingbirds? Oh, Mommy, Mommy.
But now, to the great beyond of sweet dreams and a good night’s sleep . . . it’s time for bed.