How to make a traditionally shaped boomerang out of cardboard for kids

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How to make a traditionally shaped boomerang out of cardboard for kids
Kids can make boomerangs as part of a multicultural art lesson. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The two-edged, V-shaped boomerang is not just famous in Australia -- it is iconic of the Aboriginal culture across the world. Children in any country will enjoy making their own boomerangs out of cardboard, either as part of a multicultural lesson plan or simply for the fun of the craft project. Although cardboard boomerangs are not likely to fly very well, children can decorate them in traditional styles or with their own favourite designs, then proudly display them as artwork.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Pattern
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Pencil
  • Pins
  • Utility knife
  • Markers
  • Glue
  • Decorative supplies

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Imagine drawing a bubble letter "V," then stretching the sides open wide until the angle of the "V" is between 140 and 180 degrees. Draw this stretched bubble "V" on a piece of paper. Make the sides equal lengths and round all the corners.

  2. 2

    Carefully cut out the boomerang shape, and pin it to a piece of cardboard so it will not shift. Trace around the edges of the pattern with pencil. Unpin and remove the pattern.

  3. 3

    Cut the boomerang shape out of the cardboard using a utility knife.

  4. 4

    Colour and decorate the boomerang with markers. Glue twigs, feathers, leaves or other decorative items to it if you wish.

Tips and warnings

  • Download and print a boomerang pattern, such as the one from Hands On Crafts for Kids, if you would rather print a pattern than draw your own.
  • Make a boomerang as part of a multicultural art lesson. Teach children about Aboriginal art, then have them decorate their boomerangs in the traditional style.
  • Tell your kids that this boomerang is for decoration, not for throwing. Boomerangs fly and return to their thrower because of the three-dimensional airfoil shape of their blades. Kids are unlikely to be able to make such shapes out of cardboard.
  • Do not leave children alone with sharp blades.

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