Oh - not clear? It's an airplane! And it is a crazy good flier. Want to see how we did it?
First we gathered the supplies. Each plane will need a paper straw, a strip of paper approximately 1 inch by 10 inches, a strip of paper approximately 1 inch by 5 inches, and a few pieces of tape. We used some pretty new washi tape I picked up at Target (yes, TARGET!) but any tape should do.
I don't really have any process shot because, apparently, the paper/tape/four little hand combo doesn't mix well with process shots. Basically, you loop each paper into a circle and secure with tape. Then tape one end of each straw to a small circle, and the other end to a large circle.
If you carefully line up the circles so they're taped to the same side of the straw your plane will fly nice and straight. If you're off a little the plane tends to fly in a corkscrew pattern, which is also cool. That was just an observation, no specific studies done.
So now that you've assembled your planes - pick your favorite...
...wind up and...toss! We found that it's best to give them more of a gentle push into the air than a throw - they seemed to glide farther. Again, no official study done - just our observation.
We make. We fly. And then we rest.
I was inspired by this post which was inspired by this post. And this kid, of course. He's pretty inspirational, too.