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Get ready to take off: build paper airplanes that will really soar!

Here's your chance to really fly! Read on to find out how to make three different types of planes. Which one will fly the farthest?

For paper airplanes, you'll need:

* 8 1/2 x 11 white paper

* scissors

* crayons, colored pencils or felt-tip pens

* tape

Basic Planes

1. Fold the paper in half the long way. Then unfold it. Put it on the table with the crease pointing down (like an open book).


2. Fold two of the corners on one end in toward the middle. They should meet in the center and form a point.


3. Fold the same two sides over once more, meeting again in the center. (Tip: Make sure that the two sides are even.)


4. Fold the whole airplane in half along the center crease. Put it on its side on the table,

5. Make the wings. Fold the top side down so the top edge matches the bottom one. Turn the plane over. Fold that edge down the same way.


6. Open the wings. The ridge that you hold when you launch the plane is called the keel. Put a staple or paper clip about halfway back so your plane won't come apart.


Cut-out Planes

1. Fold a piece of paper in half the short way. Open. Put it on the table, crease facing down.


2. Fold one corner to the crease. Fold the other corner in to the crease. You should now have a point.


3. Fold the point over until it meets the crossline of the folds.


4. Fold the whole thing up along the center crease. Put it on the table so it's lying flat.

5. The end with the fold is the front. Draw two lines that run parallel to the center fold. Draw a back wing. Cut out along the drawn lines.


6. Fold down the wings, leaving a keel of about one inch thick at the bottom. Staple it to hold it together.

One-wing Planes

1. Fold the paper in half the long way. Cut along the crease.


2. Fold this strip of paper in half the long way. Open the paper up so the crease is pointing down, like a book.

3. Fold one of the sides in half so that the edge meets the crease in the middle.


4. Fold the same side in half again.

5. Fold that section over onto the unfolded section. Tape down the fold. Put the tape in the center so the weight of the tape is equal for each side of the plane.


6. Fold the rear of the larger section up about 1/2 inch. Fold both ends up one inch with the tape on the bottom of the plane.


This plane is fragile. To fly it, hold it by the part that curls up between your thumb and index finger. Give it an easy toss.

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Author:Ramey, Connie; Booth, Teri
Publication:Fun For Kidz
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Mar 1, 2010
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