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We had a party recently to celebrate my eldest sons sixth birthday and he invited quite a few of his friends. For his birthday my son received many lovely gifts but the one that stands out for me is the Stomp Rocket he received from a neighbour.
The Stomp rocket comes in a cardboard box and there is a small amount of assembly required to build the stand that you fire your rocket from. The stand is made of quite flexible plastic and the rockets themselves are made from very light foam.
To build the stand you simply slot the pieces of plastic together to create a tripod. This only takes a very short time and so the rocket is immediately ready for firing. There is a tube attached to the stand that is then attached to a plastic pump that you can depress with your hand or foot.
To prepare your rocket for launch you simply slot it over the top of the upright tubular part of the stand. The rockets are made of light foam and are shaped a bit like a test tube. There are small fins on the back of the rockets but I think these are more for decoration than any real aerodynamic quality.
When you are ready for launch you simply press down onto the pump and the rocket is fired up into the air. Depending how hard you squeeze the pump will affect how far the rocket flies. My children started off by kneeling on the ground and pressing down onto the pump with their hand but soon found that if they jumped onto the pump with both feet the rocket went much further.
Unfortunately the rockets are very light and the slightest breeze will carry them quite a distance. The first time we tried out this new two we lost three of the four rockets provided in the trees and up on the porch roof. Luckily we retrieved two of the rockets but one has now been lost due to being stuck in the top of an oak tree.
The box claims that the rockets can fly up to 100 feet into the air and although I couldn't actually measure I would say that this is probably possible. Our rockets certainly went higher than out house and the oak tree. The box also claims that this rocket is safe to use indoor and although I would say this is true as the rockets are very soft my worry would be that the children would damage something or hurt themselves by firing the rocket at each other.
You can buy replacement rockets online at approximately £4.50 from Amazon and the rocket is also available at £8.99.
We are lucky enough to have quite a large garden which is ideal for this toy but I think you would spend a lot of time disturbing your neighbours to get your rocket back in a small garden. I think this rocket could easily be played in the park as it is quite small, easy to transport and comes apart very easily.
My only problem with the rocket is that the stand doesn't stay together very well and does need to be rebuilt quite a lot. In the end my children gave up with the legs of the stand and one of them held the pipe while the other one stomped on the pump.
A must have toy this christmas
Flies over 100 feet.