How To Make Paper Airplanes:
A Step By Step Guide For Kids
If you want to know how to make paper airplanes it's best to choose an expert.
William's 14 and loves making paper airplanes. He's made all the models we've ever seen.
So I asked him to show
you step by step his favorite easy model which is guaranteed
to fly far and will give your kids hours of fun.
are lots of airplanes to learn how to make, but you'll soon find that
some fly better than others and instructions can be a bit hard to
I've chosen one which has been flight-tested
and got top colors as the best you can find!
By Step Guide
homeschool airplane William's chosen isn't the most beautiful model
you've ever seen.
In fact it looks a little like its nose has been
But his homeschool airplane for kids is really easy to make and will definitely fly far.
What more do you need?
a paper airplane that's probably appeared in a number of kids books
before; the difference is that William's flight tested it and rated it top for the best easy model around.
He's going to take you through the stages step by step so you can learn how to make your own.
an A4 piece of multi purpose printer paper. Fold the top edge to the
Fold down the top corner.
Fold down the top corner again.
Fold the plane in half.
Fold down the wings on the front and on the back.
up the bottom edges of the wings on the front and back to make slats.
the wings stick out to the sides and then get the slats to stick
There you go! The
finished homeschool airplane which will fly far and defy all comers.
Free Download: Learning About Flight
There's a great non-commercial site which has a free printable 21 page booklet which shows you:
- How to make some simple designs - including ours!
- What you can learn about real airplanes from making your own
You can get it here.
Ideas To Have Fun With Paper Planes
Now you've made your homeschool plane, the fun can start:
- Why not decorate
your airplane in your own flying colors with felt tips or gel pens?
- Use your planes to get your kids to send each other messages.
- Have a kids competition to see whose plane will fly far enough to hit the window.
- See if you can make your homeschool plane land on a target.
Learning how to make paper airplanes often leads onto making even more exciting models.
We've done loads, so we've put together a homeschooling guide to help you pick the best in our page on kids model airplanes.
Here are some general tips for kids whatever airplanes you choose to make:
- The paper
you choose is really important. You can make lots of kids airplanes out of A4 printer paper. Don't use anything that's too thick
(it will make it hard to fold) or too flimsy.
- The hardest part in learning how to make paper airplanes is folding firmly to get a straight crease. You may need to help your kids with this.
- Make sure both sides match up evenly.
Step By Step Flying Tips
you're launching your airplane, it's best not to throw it hard. The
best way to make your airplane fly far is to release it gently, holding under the wings and releasing upward.
- A paper clip
can work well to give extra weight to the nose, and you can move it
into different positions to see how best to make you airplane fly far.
- Sticky tape is another alternative to keep layers of paper together without adding too much extra weight.
If you'd like more ideas for homeschooling kids paper crafts, we can
show you how to make paper move. Make a pterosaur fly and see the volcano
erupt in our homeschooling kindergarten activities.
We hope you have a lot of fun learning how to make paper airplanes; we certainly did!
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