There is a myriad of toys children can use in their childhood, from dolls to race tracks, to construction blocks and science kits. However, there is one toy that has been around for years and that always win the heart of children: paper airplanes!
Paper airplanes are on the activities that kids enjoy the most. These classic toys are easy to make, they can fly, and they are extra fun! From the first time that a child makes a paper airplane, the focus always is to make it fly better, faster and higher. Children at school usually have competitions to see which plane is the best. They get to try different methods for building them, they personalize it with colors, and they try new shapes to make it fly better.
Of course, there’s some science behind the design of even the simplest paper airplane. This is why they’re such a great toy for kids, they get to experience science first hand while handcrafting a tool for fun.
Best paper airplane designs
The design of a paper airplane can vary a lot, there are different ways to fold the paper to have specific shapes for the wings, and also specific shapes for the nose of the plane.
This of the classic designs when it comes to paper airplanes. It’s very easy to make and a great way to start practicing.
1. Grab a sheet of paper (you can use any color your child likes) and fold it down the middle lengthwise. Then reopen it and flatten the paper.
2. Now, grab one of the corners and fold it in, stop when you reach the middle of the paper. Just in the line that marks the first fold. Repeat the same on the corner next to this one.
3. Fold now the outer corners over the first fold, so they meet in the center once again.
4. Now, grab the two sides and fold the plane in half, both sides will be together along the fold in the center.
5. It’s time to make the wings! Grab a ruler and place it lengthwise, from the tip of the plane to the middle of the back. Fold the first wing.
6. Repeat the last step and fold the second wing on the other side.
7. Open the wings so they stay perpendicular to the center of the plane.
8. As an extra step, you can place a piece of tape on the top part of the wings from preventing them from opening
Sea Glider Airplane
This design mocks up the movement the seagulls make when gliding over the ocean. It’s certainly more complicated than the first one, but it’s also more stable.
1. Grab a sheet of paper and fold one of the top corners diagonally, so the shorter side of the paper reaches the longer side.
2. With this side folded, cut the extra piece at the bottom.
3. Grab the edge that’s closed and fold it over the plane. The fold should be one and a half inches long.
4. Now, grab the plane and fold it in half.
5. Grab one of the edges where the fold is, and fold it over the rest of the plane. Repeat on the other side.
6. Now, grab one side and fold it out to create a wing. Then, repeat on the other side.
7. Straighten the wings and done, you have a sea glider!
This model is perfect for long flights. Its design is based on a fly, which is why its name is “buzz”, the sound of a fly makes when flying.
1. Grab a sheet of paper and fold it down the center crosswise. Then, unfold.
2. Next, grab one of the top corners and fold it in along the center line.
3. Repeat the step with the other top corner.
4. Grab the peak of the plane and fold it down, right to the edge of the previous fold you made.
5. Now, grab the outer corners up the upper side and fold them in, until they reach the center line.
6. Grab the top and fold it out, about half an inch in size.
7. Next, grab the plane and fold it in half along the center line.
8. To make the wings, grab the flaps of the plane and fold them out. As a guide, the size of the body of your plane should be half an inch tall.
9. Place a piece of taking to keep the wings together. to keep the wings together.
Jet Fighter Airplane
This paper airplane is one of the most difficult to make, but it has high speed, which makes it one of the kids’ favorites.
1. Grab a paper sheet and fold it in the center lengthwise.
2. Take the top corners and fold them in, until they reach the center line.
3. Now, take the top edge of the sheet, and fold it in, so it reaches the opposite bottom edge. Unfold it. The idea is to have the crease.
4. Repeat the last step, now using the other side to get the opposite crease.
5. Fold the creases like an accordion, and grab the top of the plane and fold it in, until you get an inverted “v” shape on top.
6. Grab the bottom peak and fold it back up. You will have a big triangle at the top.
7. Grab the outer corners of the triangle and fold them back. These will rest between two layers of papers, the one of the bottom and the one of the top.
8. Fold the plane in half away from you. You will get to equal sides.
9. Grab of the sides and fold it out to make a wing. Repeat the process on the other side.
10. Grab the edges of the wings and fold them up, but remember to do it in an angle so the plane works better.