this simple "paper airplane" has so many design variations and possibilities -- plus, scissors are fun!
Today's Topic: Engineering a "straw plane"
drinking straws (we used plastic, but paper would probably also work. Bendy and not-bendy are both fine)
Higher! higher! / Patricelli, Leslie
What I thought the kids might do (or where I found inspiration/instructions):
All for the Boys
What Kids Do: make straw flyers similar to my example
Adult Challenge of the week: Ask your child "what could you change?" to foster the idea of experimentation.
Hindsight Tip: I think that perhaps older kids might have been able to be a bit more methodical about trying out lots of different variations and testing them strategically to see which design flew the best. At this age, they mostly had fun making one, then flying it, then maybe sticking more stuff to it, then wandering off to do something different. Still, it was great to (once again) see the adults equally engaged with the activity and the kids enjoying the large body movements associated with making their "planes" fly!