Backyard Rockets And A Toy Train In Space

I saw the above video on Jon Accuff’s blog. It’s only a short video and one I’m sure you’ll enjoy as much as I did.

I had to share it.

Why? I hear you ask.

That’s easy.

Because it reminds me, that if we’re not careful, we can miss out on all sorts of adventures with our kids.

Here’s what I mean…

When I watched the clip it was with my son. The first thing that came out of his mouth as he began to realise what it was about was ‘cool!’. He couldn’t believe that a Dad would do that with his son.

After that he asked if he could watch it again. He’d have kept watching over and over but his Mum came in to get him for bed.

He’s only seven. To a seven year old sending something, anything in fact, into space looks like so much fun. To him anything is possible and should be attempted. To watch someones Dad send a toy train into space was inspiring. It made him want to do that with me.

As I thought about it, the only things that came to mind were reasons why not to try sending one of his toys into space. I thought of the cost, the time, the effort not to mention the legalities of it all.

Then I remembered the time we made vinegar powered rockets in our backyard.


Did the rockets make a huge mess and fire vinegar literally everywhere?


Did I have to take some time and put in the effort to investigate how to do it?


Did it cost a little money?


Did my kids love it?

Oh Yes! They loved it so very much.

Don’t miss out on the fun!

Us adults can be to easily put off by mess. We can let things like having to gather the right equipment and perhaps spend some money get in the way of a good adventure.

But the adventures of life make memories.

These memories last a life time.

Adventure is what kids remember and will talk about for years to come.

So, just when you think you’re too grown up for rockets, or sending something into space, think again.

Maybe, just maybe, the adventure of it is just the thing to bring joy and create the kinds of memories you want your kids to have when they’re your age.

I don’t know about you but I know what I’m planning to do… and it starts with working out how to send a toy into space!

Over to you…

Ever sent one of your kids toys into space? What adventures are you not going to let your kids miss out on? You can add your comments to the section below.