Your child will explore how changing the shape of a paper airplane affects how far the plane flies.
Learning Area(s): Math; Science
- 3 sheets of the same type of paper
- folding pattern (view or print)
- ruler with centimeters
- masking tape
- tape measure (16 or 25 feet in length)
- journal, notebook, or a few sheets of paper stapled together
- something to write with
Click the button to open each section.
- To extend this activity, have your child
- add one or more paper clips to the planes to see if added weight changes how far they fly
- try the activity with different types of paper airplanes
- To learn more about the concepts of aerodynamics, review these additional resources:
- Let’s Fly a Plane: Launching into the Science of Flight with Aerospace Engineering by Chris Ferrie
- Give It a Push! Give It a Pull!: A Look at Forces by Jenifer Boothroyd