How about a quick and easy project that won’t break the bank and will keep them busy for an hour or so? Sounds like a winner to me.
This airplane is a little different than the ones you might be used to but they fly pretty good and bring the fun. Total cost of the project… maybe $5 for multiple planes.
Here is what you will need:
Straws – You can get some pretty cool paper straws at the store, they cost about $3 for a pack of 8 or so, you can also use plastic straws. I chose to use plastic “bendy” straws because I had some left over from last weeks Foodie Friday – Summer Floating post. If you use the bendy straws you can cut off the “bendy” part or just leave them on, gives the kids something to “adjust” when they are playing with the plane.
Construction Paper or Index Cards – We used construction paper but if you you can get a heavier paper they will hold up better and will fly a bit further.
Tape – Scotch tape works the best but you can also use some duct tape.
- 1. Cut the index card or stiff paper into 3 separate pieces that measure 1 inch by 5 inches.
- 2. Take 2 of the pieces of paper and tape them together into a hoop as shown. Be sure to overlap the pieces about half an inch so that they keep a nice round shape once taped.
- 3. Use the last strip of paper to make a smaller hoop, overlapping the edges a bit like before.
- 4. Tape the paper loops to the ends of the straw as shown. (notice that the straw is lined up on the inside of the loops)
- 5. Now hold the straw in the middle and give it a fling. You can hold it with the hoops on top for best performance but why not try it both ways.
- 6. If you made them using bendy straws give it a bend and see it spiral or just fall to the ground!
The hoops help keep the straw balanced and the larger hoop in the back provides some drag to keep the nose up. We would love to see pictures of your plane and would love to see how far you get yours to fly… take some pictures and share them on our Facebook page or tag us on Instagram or Twitter @buckeyehonda .