Learning from Paper Airplanes

Aviation is a big deal in my husband’s family. His grandfather was a flight instructor, his dad ran a flight school, and he got his pilot’s license at 17. He hasn’t had the opportunity to fly for a few years now, but he uses his flight knowledge for his job every single day. Flying is in my son’s blood, so it’s no surprise that he’s in love with the Fold N Fly Paper Airplanes kit.

At age five, my son Johnny is a little young for learning the complex theories that explain aerodynamics and aviation, but this craft kit was the perfect opportunity for him to experiment with gliding!

First he planned out his project, picking the perfect paper for each plane. He really enjoyed all the different patterns that came in the set, and he put a lot of thought into picking the perfect stickers to decorate his folded airplanes!

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Next, he practiced interpreting and following directions. The planes in this kit are quite different (more complex, using a few origami folding techniques) from the ones I folded as a kid, but he was able to make them with a little help.

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Next it was time for a flight test! Johnny discovered that the different designs make the planes fly differently! One tended to circle around to the left:

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Another liked to fly straight up into the sky!

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Johnny has a few planes left to make from this kit, and he’ll be able to make as many as he likes of each design thanks to the instruction booklet! Soon he will be able to make them completely on his own, without needing any help. Over time, he should be able to make some hypotheses about how the planes will fly and why based on their designs!

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Lots of wonderful learning, and one very happy little boy!

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