airplanes

Here it comes: Holiday break.

Now, I love holidays as much as the next person, but any parent knows that a lengthy school break also means antsy kids.

This is the craft to keep them occupied for hours, as they try to perfect the art of flying household goods around the sky.

Household goods, you say?

Yes.

With just a few straws, some construction paper, scissors, and tape, you can make a paper airplane that looks just absolutely ridiculous but flies so sweet and so true that you’ll all convene at the craft table, trying to come up with the ultimate flier.

This, my friends, is a simple must-do for getting over the holiday break doldrums.

Here’s what you need

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Construction paper

Straws

Tape

Scissors

Here’s what you do

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1. Basically you’re going to create two circles with the construction paper and then use the straw and tape to link them together, with the rear circle always bigger than the front circle. That’s the big picture. You can probably get there just by looking at the photo. But here are the details.

2. Cut two strips of paper — one longer and thicker than the other. The bigger one will be in the rear. Make a loop with each strip and use tape to keep them, well, looped.

3. Now, apply a bit of tape to your straw and insert straw into your rear circle. Smoosh the tape down so that the straw is kept firmly in place. The first bit of tape is always the hardest, as the circle wants to roll. Once you get the straw taped in, feel free to apply even more tape. The more that thing is locked down, the better.

4. Repeat the tape procedure for the second circle, the one in front. This should be the smaller circle. Just make sure the circles are aligned before you tape firmly into place.

5. That’s it. You now have the weirdest looking paper airplane you’ve ever seen. But just wait until you throw it. Hold the straw so that the small circle is forward and both circles are on top of the straw. Now, throw! I think they fly pretty well and much, much farther than I ever expected.

6. After the first couple of flights, my daughter and I wanted to experiment, so we broke out other materials to link the two circles together. You don’t need a straw. Strong cardboard worked well, as did a wooden skewer. Next, we’re trying pencils to see if the circles can support that much weight. Have fun experimenting!

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About Mike Adamick

Mike Adamick

Mike Adamick is a stay-at-home dad, writer, inveterate tinkerer, and author of the best selling family craft book, "Dad's Book of Awesome Projects." He writes for the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, NPR and many other outlets when he's not sewing his daughter's clothes, woodworking, or training for crazy mud runs. His science book, "The Family Lab," is due in early 2014 and will feature scores of kitchen sink science experiments for the whole family.

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  • Ms.Spenser

    mine wont fly???