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Thursday
Aug252011

MOVE OVER PAPER AIRPLANES

because the straw plane is in town! I don't know what you call this thing but we referred to it as a strawplane. Whatever you want to call it, it's pretty cool! 

You'll need some heavier paper (we used 3x5 index cards), a straw, scissors or something to cut the paper with, and tape.

You will need to cut 3 pieces of paper about 1" wide and 5" long.

Tape two of the pieces together "long ways" and then tape to form a circle. We put tape on both sides to secure the circle.

Use the remaining piece to form a small circle and tape the ends together.

Now you have a large circle and a small circle.

Tape the straw to the inside of the circles placing the small circle at one end and the large circle at the other end. 

And you're done!

Now is the fun part! Fly it just like you would a paper airplane but be amazed by how much better it flies!

The boys had to try and fly a straw without the circles to make sure that it wasn't just the straw that was the good flier. Even Dad was impressed and you know how hard it can be to impress Dad's! (Well ok he said "Oh yeah that does fly pretty good" but I'll take that as being impressed)

Have fun fllying!

P.S. I know I said we'd have science today but plans got changed and moved around. More science fun coming on Monday!

 

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@Berglind that question was answered above yours :)

December 17, 2012 | Registered CommenterAll for the Boys

Love this idea! We have had a blast with it. Works with coffee stirrer straws also! (Thats all we had on hand : ) )

January 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterathena

Hello Allison!
First off, just want to thank you for taking the time to put this site together and sharing with the rest of us! I have a 5-year old that is "all that is man!"; ie he loves anything with wheels or wings! LOL He loves using his hands to make things and figure out how stuff works. So, of course, we are always trying to find new crafties etc. to keep him entertained. Your site will, I believe, keep us busy for a quite a while. So, again, thank you!
Anywho, we made the paper helicopters and these "awesome" straw planes of yours. K-man LOVES them! So far we've each made and decorated one plane. K-man named his "The Lightning Bolt". He's also named a few of the tricks he's managed with it. He insisted his have 2 straws for "extra motor power". While I wasn't looking he added an extra 2 inch piece of straw to the top back as a spoiler. Another thing we tried (and I love) is that we added some thin ribbon to the bottom of the back circle. Looks "epic" when they fly and twirl. Can't wait to see what else he'll come up with! Thank you!
-Poppy

January 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPoppy

This is so cool! And seems like something fun I can do with my predominately male 2nd grade afterschool class. However, I was wondering if knew the science on why it is better? Thought I could turn it into a lesson plan for them.

February 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAna

Oh, my!!!! How simple! Can't wait to show these to my boys. We have Cub Scout Day Camp coming up next month, and these would be perfect to make and play with during our breaks. Thanks for sharing with us!

May 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSherry

Very interesting. Hmm.... actually I come across your site when I'm trying to search for making a ramp or a collapsible carpark for toy car. It has never occur to me using straw for planes. I always thought of making origami. Just made the straw plane & I hope my son will enjoy playing with it.

June 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterShirley

I think it should be possible to use empty toilet paper rolls, this way you also recycle!

January 18, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

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