How to Easily Make a DIY Jet Pack for Pretend Play

This DIY jet pack will be perfect for your space-themed dramatic play area. Learn how to easily make a jet pack with a few inexpensive supplies.


Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it’s super easy to make a DIY jet pack….a perfect addition to your science center or  space-themed dramatic play area.Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Start with 2-liter Bottles

A couple empty, clear 2-liter bottles can serve as the fuel tanks for the jet packs.  There is no need to get out the spray paint.  Just tape them together with some silver duct tape.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Additional Supplies

In addition to the 2-liter bottles and duct tape, you will need a piece of cardboard.  A square or rectangular piece that is slightly smaller than the taped bottles is perfect.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Make Straps

You can use the duct tape to make straps.  I folded them in half lengthwise.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Then, you can use more duct tape to attach the straps to the piece of cardboard.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Attach the straps to the tank with another band of duct tape or with hot glue. You can also add controls to the front of the straps for your little astronauts.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Add Flames

You can use many different materials to add pretend flames on your jet packs.  I used felt, but you can use streamers, plastic table cloth strips, or paper.  You don’t need a pattern.  I just cut some points on the bottom of pieces of felt.  I did not do a very neat job, but when I rolled them up and stuffed them in the opening of the bottles…..they look great.  You can hot glue them in place so that they don’t fall out.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

The Finished DIY Jet Pack

That’s all there is to it!  Now you can pat yourself on the back for making this easy DIY project.  I hope that your little astronauts enjoy playing with their jet packs.

Your little astronauts will have so much fun blasting through space with these jet packs.  Even if you are not crafty, it's super easy to make a DIY jet pack....a perfect addition to your space theme dramatic play area or center. Find the step by step tutorial to help you create this fun addition to your dress up area, astronaut costume, or pretend play area. #preschoolscience #spacetheme #dramaticplay

Purchase the Printables

The printables that I used on the jet pack are included in my Space Dramatic Play Printables set.    Click on the image below to purchase them today


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