You can use just about any type of paper to make a basic paper aeroplane. The classic paper aeroplane is made out of a piece of paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Paper aeroplanes can be made by children with a lesson or two from an adult. For a group activity fly the aeroplanes outside and have a contest to see who can their plane the farthest.
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Things you need
- 8 1/2- by 11-inch paper
Use a crisp sheet of paper that is 8 1/2 by 11 inches. Copy paper or notebook works well. Place the paper on a table with the long edge near you.
Fold the paper in half along the longer axis or lengthwise. Carefully line up the edges and press the fold and then crease sharply with your fingers.
Open the piece of paper and lay it flat on the table with the crease going perpendicular to you, not side to side.
Fold the right top corner diagonally to meet the centre crease. Fold the left top corner diagonally to meet the centre crease. Sharpen the crease with your fingers. This will be the nose of your aeroplane.
Fold the new top right corner diagonally to meet the centre crease. Fold the new top left corner diagonally to meet the centre crease. Sharpen the creases with your fingers.
Close the aeroplane by folding both sides of the aeroplane together toward each other along the axis fold. The axis fold is the very first fold that you made before opening up the paper. Crease the fold sharply.
Lay the aeroplane down on the table sideways with the crease away from you going sideways or horizontally.
Now fold the top piece of the paper aeroplane away from you until it meets the axis fold. Crease the fold sharply. This will be the wing.
Turn the aeroplane over and lay the aeroplane down on the table sideways with the crease away from you going sideways or horizontally. Fold the top piece of paper away from you until it meets the axis fold. Crease the fold sharply.
Lift the two flaps that you just made to create the wings.
Draw windows, emblems or logos on your plane.
Throw the aeroplane like a spear to make it fly. You can fly these planes indoors or outdoors.
Tips and warnings
- If you want a slow-moving aeroplane fold the plane along the centre line again.
- Change the size of the paper to make smaller or larger aeroplanes.
- Use recycled paper.
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