November 17, 2023

Magic Tea Bag Rocket

Magic Tea Bag Rocket

I remember doing this ‘Magic Tea Bag Rocket’ in Science class in Primary School. I loved it then and I still love it now! Now that the kids have grown a little, I thought it was high time I show them this amazing little experiment!

*make sure this is supervised by an adult at all times, is done in an area with no wind & that you have a fire extinguisher on hand.

Check out the easy video tutorial below:

To do this yourself you will need:

Tea bag


Lighter or matches


Tea bag 2

Step 1

Take your Tea bag and snip off the top with the scissors, empty out the tea leaves into the bin or a separate container

Step 2

Unfold the tea bag and hollow it out using your finger

Step 3

Stand your tea bag upright onto the plate and light both sides with the lighter/matches

Step 4

Stand back and watch the magic begin!

Tea bag 3

The kids just loved this and wanted to do it over and over again…I think we went through about 20 tea bags…I bet you find the do the same once you start!

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12 thoughts on “Magic Tea Bag Rocket

  1. My kids loved this!! It only seemed to work some of the time though. It worked 3 times of the 7 we tried. Not sure what we were doing wrong but, it was still really fun when it did work 🙂

  2. I’m just a Grandma who loves to see the excitement in my grandchildren’s eyes when I do my “magic” with them!

  3. More of a hot air balloon than a rocket, but that doesn’t make it any less fun. Might try experimenting with leaving the top closed (or folding it closed) and lighting the bottom… you can do something similar outdoors with a small paper bag, but you have to be careful. Do it only on a cool, wet day right after a lot of rain.

  4. I just tried doing this but mine didn’t float. Is there a particular type of tea bag to use? Thank you

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