The Stomp Rocket Junior Glow Kit is the latest version of a line of Stomp Rockets made by D+L Company. It consists of a foot-powered pump, connected to a stand which mounts a foam dart. Stomping on the pump propels the light, aerodynamic dart high into the air.
While a simple mechanism, this line of Stomp Rockets is a surprisingly entertaining for a number of reasons.
First, it is quite easy to use. Children as young as three can properly send the rocket flying with a well-placed stomp. The rockets are soft enough that the toy is quite safe, and damage-resistant. As well, while the premise of the toy may sound simple, it is effective – rockets launched from the Stomp Rocket Junior Glow Kit can fly up to heights of 100 feet.
The entire toy is lightweight and portable, meaning it can be easily transported to the beach or a cottage. It could even be used indoors… though it would be a good idea to keep it away from any easily breakable objects.
The Benefit of Science Toys
An additional benefit that toys of this type is that it gives you a great opportunity to discuss basic science with your kids. The mechanism of the propelled rocket is a good demonstration of force and air pressure, and of the aerodynamics of the dart itself. You could think of it as a simple household science project, showing the ways in which very simple elements can combine to produce something dramatic and impressive.
This toy does have its downsides, like most science toys. The rockets, being quite light, may have a tendency to be caught in the wind or blown away. There is the possibility of losing one of more rockets, which will quickly render the toy inoperable. Fortunately, should this occur, packs consisting of extra rockets may also be purchased from the company.