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Project #33 Jumping Cups

Saturday, 12 September 2009 by Irene Hoofs

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Jumping Cup Handmade Toy by Kristen Sutcliffe from New House Project 

Make a simple toy using cups and rubber bands. I made a flying rocket and a jumping frog, but there are lots of other possibilities with this project.

What you'll need:
*2 disposable cups (paper or plastic will both work)
*2 rubber bands
*scissors
*different colors of paper scraps
*double-sided tape
*clear tape

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Step one:
Use different scraps of paper, and cut out the shapes that you will need to decorate your cup as a flying rocket (or jumping frog, rabbit, kangaroo, etc.)
Step two:
Cut both rubber bands so that they are no longer circles.  Tie one knot on each end of both rubber bands.
Step three:
Cut four small slits into the rim of one of the cups.  (One cup will be used as is, so do not cut both cups.)  Then stretch the rubber bands across the rim of the cup and slide each end into one of the slits.  The knots should be enough to hold the rubber bands in place. 

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Step four:
Use double-sided tape to decorate your rubber band cup and turn it into a rocket ship. 
Step five:
Use two pieces of clear tape to make two small tabs on opposite sides of the cup.  You will hold these tabs to launch your rocket.
Step six:
Your rocket is ready to go.  Place the regular cup on the ground.  Put the rocket cup over it and pull down on the tabs.  Then let go to see your rocket fly.  Please supervise your children while using this toy!

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