How to Build a Flying Airplane Out of Popsicle Sticks

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How to Build a Flying Airplane Out of Popsicle Sticks
Substitute tongue depressors if no Popsicle sticks are available. (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Whether you are looking for activities to fill the long days of summer, or to teach a lesson on aerodynamics, knowing how to build a flying aeroplane out of Popsicle sticks may be just the project you are looking for. Providing a variety of materials to decorate will allow each little pilot's imagination to take flight -- along with the finished Popsicle aeroplane.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Popsicle sticks
  • Coloured markers
  • Paint
  • Glitter glue
  • Stickers

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  1. 1

    Select five Popsicle sticks for each aeroplane and decorate them as desired.

  2. 2

    Take three of the Popsicle sticks and stack them together with the stick designated as #1 on the bottom, #2 in the middle and #3 on top.

  3. 3

    Hold the sticks together at the bottom tip and fan them out so that sticks #1 and #2 form the sides of a triangle and #3 is in the middle of the triangle.

  4. 4

    Pinch the bottom tip tightly to keep the triangle open as you weave stick #4 under stick #1, over stick # 3 and under stick #2 about in the middle of the triangle.

  5. 5

    Weave stick #5 over stick #1, under stick #2 and over stick #3 at the bottom of the triangle (where it is widest).

  6. 6

    Hold the middle Popsicle stick between the thumb and index finger of one hand with the pointed tip of the triangle facing outward and throw the plane to make it fly. The plane may break apart if it hits the wall or floor, but can quickly be reassembled over and over again.

Tips and warnings

  • Craft sticks or tongue depressors may be substituted for Popsicle sticks
  • Popsicle sticks may fly apart forcefully when the aeroplane connects with a surface; do not let children throw the planes at each other.

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