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The Super-Easy, Best Paper Airplane Ever
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The easiest, best paper airplane tutorial ever! Folding paper airplanes is one of the kids’ favorite activites, and this was Dad’s go-to paper airplane growing up. Try ito out!
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Lately, I’ve been focused on meal planning, new recipes, and getting ready for Christmas. All of the sudden it hit me, Christmas is toward the beginning of winter break this year. That means we have almost two and a half weeks with no school, most of that time after Christmas.
What are we going to do? How can I keep the kids occupied, not kill each other, and not drive me insane for two and a half weeks?? Needless to say, much list-making and calendar planning is inevitable.
The brainstorm of planning made it apparent to me I have events and basic schedules. What I really need are simple, fun activities to interest the kids for a good length of time at home.
Meaning, we need activities they can repeat and not get bored with.
This easy and best paper airplane plan and game is one such activity. My son (5 years old) rarely tires of it, although he can be found making paper airplanes at home, Grandma’s, and even at church (oops). We call this the Georgian airplane because it was the paper airplane my husband grew up making as a kid in Georgia (the country), and let me tell you it can fly!
Supplies to fold the best paper airplane ever
Don’t you love how easy paper airplanes are to make once you know how? Also, you really need only two things.
- You, yourself, and two hands
- Paper, such as this . I like bright colors, but white works just as well.
Best Paper Airplane Ever
First, take out a letter-sized rectangle piece of paper. You can use color, white, or whatever you happen to have on hand. Fold it lengthwise in half to make a longer rectangle or what we call a “hot dog” shape.
Second, open the “hotdog” back up and fold both top corners to meet at the middle line. You’ll make two triangles and a pointy tip.
Third, turn the paper over and fold the triangle backward to lay flat down on top of the larger rectangle.
Then, with the triangle tip pointing down, take the top, left corner and fold it to the center line about an inch above the tip of the triangle. Do the same on the right side.
After that, identify the point on the large triangle and fold it up as far as it will go without folding the sides you’ve just folded to the center.
Then, pick up your airplane and fold it in half on the existing crease.
From there, you’re going to make the wings. Fold the line of the top wing down to exactly meet the folded center line. Turn the airplane over and repeat on the other side.
That’s it!! Lastly, go over all the folds with your fingernail to make them as crisp as possible. The airplanes fly so much better if they have well-creased folds. Then you are ready to fly!
Best paper airplane games
- A basic game of catch. Throw the paper airplane back and forth between two people.
- Point out targets around the house and make a sort of frisbee golf game using airplanes.
- Make your own target out of a piece of poster board with numbers. Set a number goal, and the first person to get that many points wins. Have the players take turns and each only throw one paper airplane at a time.
- Have the kids make a paper airplane hanger out of paper or blocks.
- 100 Airplanes game. This is a variation on the Japanese paper crane tradition, but I made this one up. Tell the kids they have to make 100 paper airplanes and give them away as gifts. If they make a present 100 airplanes to other people they will have good luck and spread joy.
- Paper airplane battle between two sideways card tables.
- Let the children be creative and make their own stories with the airplanes. Are you at an airport? Military base? What are the airplanes’ names?
This is such a fun, traditional activity, and keeps my son entertained for HOURS. Maybe not hours at a time, but a good 20 minutes here and there fairly often. Do you have some other simple activities for your kids so you can get a chore done or have a moment of peace? I love this kind of thing because they can do it themselves, and at the same time, it avoids screen time.
Leave me some comments below with other fun, easy activities!!
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Derek Harper and That kid over there
Tuesday 7th of March 2023
This is great, these fly wonderfully.
Thanks! Aren't they fun?!
Monday 23rd of August 2021
Thank you!!! I am using this for a storytime at a homeless shelter!!
How to Make Paper Airplanes That Go Far
- Elementary , Invention , Outdoors , Problem Solving
Have you ever made a paper airplane.
Did you learn how to make it from a book? Or maybe it was from the kid you shared a desk with in the third grade?
We tested a few designs, and one of them really stood out as a winner (I’ll share it below). You’ll have to test some, too, and see which one flies the furthest.
How to Make Paper Airplanes that go Far
Well guess what? Today I’m sharing links to instructions for making paper airplanes that go far and actually work, along with some ideas on how to help kids invent their own paper airplane designs.
So let’s get started with How to Make Paper Airplanes while building Design Skills…
Paper Airplane Supplies
- A few sets of instructions for making paper airplanes. You can get these from a book or download instructions from the internet (see recommended links below)
- Copy paper. Thinner paper is easier for children to fold.
- Markers (optional)
- Scissors (optional)
- A clear table
The Best Paper Airplane Designs
- Our favorite was The Eagle
- We also tried High Glider
- Try a few and have a fly-off to compare them.
Step One: Select a Design
We looked through all of our designs, picked one to start with, and my daughter and I sat down and followed the directions for the first airplane. If you’ve ever made origami, it’s the same approach. Most of the steps were easy enough for her four-year old hands and mind, but I had to help her with a few of the trickier folds.
If you find instructions that are too complicated for you, then skip them and find another plane to make.
Step Two: Teach someone else how to make a plane
Once we got the hang of it, N thought our six-year old neighbor would enjoy this project and we invited him over to join us. Either that or misery loves company.
We each started with another sheet of paper and while we folded, the kids educated each other on hamburger and hot dog folds. If you don’t have a neighbor to teach, teach a parent, babysitter, or grandparent. This step does wonders for building confidence.
Step Three: Iterate and Invent New Planes
Once that first airplane was complete, it was interesting to see where the kids took the project next. My daughter, a designer to the core, got busy decorating her plane with markers. Her friend, a tinkerer at heart who has a soft spot for Legos, began iterating on the design to improve it!
As we folded, he asked me questions like, “On your Eagle, how did you make the wing tips?” And then he proceeded to invent his own series of planes with pointed noses, flat noses, and wing tips.
When my daughter jumped in to help him, I commented that they were iterating . I actually said, “Hey you guys are iterating! Do you know that word? It means that you’re building a lot of planes to test new ideas and in order to figure out how to make it better. Can you say ‘iterate?'” And then of course, they obliged me.
I swear, the teacher thing will probably never leave my soul! Do you ever find yourself in that mode?
Step Four: Take it outdoors
They tested their planes in the house and once they amassed a small fleet of planes, I heard, “Let’s have an airplane show!!” So we took it outdoors to see what the planes could do.
Our friend guessed that the pointy-nosed planes would get more distance and said he was “amazed that the flat-nosed Eagle flew the best.”
All in all, we spent a good hour on this project, and in the end not only did these kids have fun bonding and playing together, but they came away with some new design skills, tools for developing an innovator’s mindset, and good ol’ fine motor skill practice.
A question for you…
Did you ever make paper airplanes as a child? Where did you learn how to make them? And how did they fly?
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unfortunately I remember using them in middle of class with a substitute but paper airplanes always remind me of Curious George…remember?
Faigie, Yikes, your story reminds me of spit balls and passed notes. Why are kids so terrible to poor substitute teachers? I was never a big Curious George follower — I’ll have to look for it! R
Classic! I’m so glad my husband likes doing this with our kids, because for some reason it makes me crazy to try to make these… every kid should know how to make these.
Ha! That’s funny, Jeanette. It never really occurred to me that people would detest making paper airplanes. It’s just a few paper folds, for goodness sake 🙂 But they can be frustrating, so I get it. Hooray for plane-making spouses.
Some of the best paper airplanes we ever made were paper straws with two paper strips made into circles, one at each end. I got the idea here:
These babies fly better than anything I have ever folded and my son loves them!
My kids love to make paper airplanes, so I can perform other tasks.
My kids have developed an interesting in making their own paper airplanes. Love all the parts of the brain that get used in the process. Pinned and stumbled!
Thanks, Vicky. Aren’t paper airplanes fantastic? All you need is a sheet of paper (or a small stack) and off you go!
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How to Make the Best Paper Airplane for Long Flights
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My kids LOVE paper air planes. No really. They waste so much of my printer paper folding and folding trying to make the best paper airplane EVER.
Over the years they have gone from the Klutz Paper Airplane book to studying how-tos on websites to combining their favorite folds to create their own paper airplane designs.
Today, I am bringing you step-by-step paper airplane instructions for The Duck . Don’t ask where the name came from, who knows how the mind of a 12 year old boy works!
This plane works really well! It is a glider that uses wind to help keep it in flight longer and it does a few stunts- like loops before sailing over the grass.
After the instructions, I’ve included some tips for flying this paper airplane, PLUS a video to see it in action!
How to Make the Best Paper Airplane for Distance
I’ve provided step by step instructions for how to make this paper airplane design.
Sometimes pictures are easier to understand than words for learning how to create things! Let’s get started!
Take a standard sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch piece of paper.
Fold in in half long ways, then unfold.
Fold the top edges in so that they line up with the center line. At this point, this should look very similar to the most basic paper airplane design.
Fold the top point down so that it touches the bottom edge of the paper.
Then fold the point back up, starting about 1.5 inches from the top edge. (Shown in picture 6)
Fold the side edges in as shown in picture number 7.
Fold the top back down along the top edge of the folds made in the previous step.
Flip the paper air plane over, and fold in half towards you.
Fold the the wing back as shown in image 11. The wing will be at a slight angle.
Flip over and fold the second wing in the same manner.
Crease well and you are done!
Tips for Flying this Paper Air Plane Glider:
- Throw the paper airplane with a medium weight- not too hard and not too soft
- Have the wings pointed slightly upwards
- Throw the airplane at a 45 degree angle
- The plane flies best standing on top of a hill, throwing down hill
- Fly the paper airplane with the wind direction
- This glider does best outside, where wind can offer some lift
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Paper Airplane Test Flight
Want to see this paper airplane glider in action?? Check out this video of a few of the test flights!
Isn’t it amazing?! Even my 2 year old could toss this one in the air and have it soar away! The kids made at least a half dozen of the same design to test and they all worked amazingly!
Try it out- let me know what you think!
*This paper airplane was created and designed by my 12 year old son, who wanted paper airplane that flies far. (Want to see more of his paper air plane designs? Check out his site Paper Airplane World !)
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You lose me at 10-11. No idea what you’re talking about.
Step 10. Fold the paper in half so the folds from 6 to 8 are showing. Step 11. Fold the wing down so it is even with the bottom of the plane.
Hope this helps!
Know the feeling I am the same lost at 10-11 no idea what this is, glad to see its not just me that is lost lol 🙁
IT TO HARD AT THE LAST STEP IT DO HARD
Holy cow, this plane is good =)
I made one of these for my 5yr old daughter. I told her and my 11yr old boy to take it outside and play with it…they have been out there for more than an hour 😁
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If you make a trick paper airplane correctly, then you'll have a creation that can fly for long periods of time, return to you like a boomerang, or even do flips. If you want to know how to make a trick paper plane in no time at all, just follow these steps.
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- Fold the wings in different directions. (It makes for better tricks.) Thanks Helpful 3 Not Helpful 1
- Make all of the folds as precise as you can. Thanks Helpful 2 Not Helpful 2
- Avoid throwing where there is a breeze or it'll go right off course. Thanks Helpful 23 Not Helpful 16
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- One rectangular piece of paper
- Flat work surface for folding
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To make a trick paper airplane, start by folding an 8 and a half by 11 inch piece of paper in half lengthwise. Then, unfold the paper and fold the top 2 corners down to the center crease. Next, fold the new top corner down to the bottom edge you created in the previous step. Finally, fold the paper in half lengthwise one more time and fold the bottom edge on each side up to the creased fold at the top. To learn how to make other kinds of trick paper airplanes, scroll down! Did this summary help you? Yes No
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How To Make The Best Paper Airplane [World Record Design]
Making amazing paper airplanes is a party skill that you can learn in case you ever find yourself in a paper airplane building contest. One of our favorite designs is this World Record-smashing design from Takuo Toda.
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Video Guide: How To Make The New World Record Paper Airplane
This origami-looking paper airplane was developed by Takuo Toda to break the world record on the 19th of December 2010. It managed to fly for 29.2 seconds. This video shows how to make the authentic Guinness record plane by Takuo Toda.
This step-by-step design comes from the book that Takuo Toda specifically published about it. He named this plane the Zero Fighter- but on the internet many people call it the Sky King.
The World Record Flight
The paper airplane template described here is a long-distance glider that’s guaranteed to be a winner. If you want to learn how to make the best paper airplane ever, just follow the instructions below:
Step 1: Paper Picking
If you wish to make the coolest paper airplane, you must first choose the right paper.
If you are looking for distance, it is important to choose paper that’s as heavy as possible. Unfortunately, paper that heavy comes in A4, which is an international paper size not often used in the United States. John Collins, the paper plane designer that currently holds the world record recommends using paper that has been photocopied on.
The heat process from the photocopier helps stiffen the paper and the ink isn’t actually ink, but a microfine layer of ink.
The heat and plastic help the paper hold a crease. Avoid using paper that has been printed on since that ink hurts the fiber of the paper. Having said that, the right paper is a nice flat piece of photocopied paper, which will from now onwards be referred to as your starting position.
Step2: Making the Baseline
Fold your paper exactly in half along the side to form what will be referred to as the baseline. It is important to make precision folds because the more careful you are with the folds, the better your paper airplane will fly in the end.
Step 3: Making the Pointy End
Open the paper back to the starting position. Next, select one of the two short edges, take one corner, and then fold it to the baseline thus making it into a triangle. Repeat this step using the other corner to make it symmetrical. Now you have created the pointy end.
Step 4: Making the Envelope
Take your newly made pointy end and make it point in the opposite direction. You can do this by folding the pointy end such that it touches the baseline. It is also important to ensure that the new fold uses the entire new pointy end. When it is done, the new fold should be perpendicular to the baseline and you will now have your envelope.
Step 5: Reinforcing the Baseline
You should now take the envelope and fold it in half along your baseline. This step is very important because it helps to reinforce your baseline.
Step 6: Making Ripped Corners
Open the folded paper back to resume the envelope position in readiness for this important step. In this very important step, you should now make a small tear on each of the corners to remove it. If you do that, you will have made ripped corners.
Step 7: Making a New Pointy End
Take the two ripped corners and then fold them towards your baseline. You should now be able to see just the pointy end’s tip and you will realize that you have a new pointy end.
Step 8: Making the Lock
Fold the pointy end that was peeking through in step 7 above such that it points in the original direction, which is the same direction as the new pointy end that will be now nested within the corners you ripped. This is what is referred to as the lock.
Next, invert your baseline fold inside out so that all the most recent folds are left visible. The lock does its job and ensures that everything is locked neatly together.
Step 9: Making the Wing
Making the wing is close to the final step. To do this, move the short edge of your new pointy edge so that the short edge runs directly along the baseline to form the wing. Since a paper airplane obviously needs two wings to fly, repeat the steps on the other side to make it symmetrical.
Step 10: Test Ride
It is always important to test out your creation to check out how well it flies. You can trim the wings slightly to add some extra flair. However, this is not a must since they will also work well as it is. It is now time to fly your paper airplane.
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You can get instructions for these paper airplanes here .
The procedure described above is for creating an easy long-distance glider, which means that you don’t have to throw it hard. All you need is a gentle toss. The flight characteristics will lead the nose to point up, which will make the wings open up for a long glide.
It is always important to remember that precise folds while making your paper airplane are critical to success. If you are experiencing any problems, try revisiting the steps above and check whether it is possible to make your folds sharper.
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How to make a good paper airplane which is paper airplanes best!
Happiness is that you can make a solid and easy to fold paper airplane which can fly for a longer distance with precision. Building a paper airplanes best is not so tough, you are just one sheet of paper away. We will guide you through this entire process of DIY with step by step tutorial. This paper airplane is easy to make, even a children can do this. This can easily go a long distance and fun to make, you can fly the outdoors and indoors just like that. Please don’t forget to check out our latest paper airplane directory update from Liftndrift. It has wide range of paper planes for everyone to learn their science and experiment with aircrafts. Let’s make a good paper airplane to have some fun!
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- A4 Sheet of Paper or a Foolscap Paper with 70-90 GSM
- Ruler or Flat thick object to flatten the folded edges to make a strong crease.
- Keep the A4 sheet of paper in Portrait orientation and fold them from Left to Right equally as shown in Fig.1
- UNFOLD them once done.
- Now bring the Top Left-hand edge and Top Right-hand edge to the center crease
- Make sure you don’t cross the center line
- Fold the Nose down to the center line from the yellow dot to dot
- Refer fig.3
- Flip the paper airplane to the other side of your plane.
- Fold the left and right side edge of the paper to the center line and UNFOLD it
- Check the fig.5 and fig.6
- Now begin the fold from the lower part of the previous fold & fold it equally- Check the fig.6
- Now, roll it over inside – Check fig.7 and fig.8
- Now, flip your paper over to the other side
- Now, have a look at this top thicker nose section
- Fold the triangle section up to half as shown in fig.9
- Pull both of the inner fins outwards diagonally and fold
- UNFOLD – step 9 and step 10 once done
- Refer fig.10 , fig.11
- Now, pull out both backside sections and unfold the nose too
- Now fold the fins from step 10 inwards like a envelope
- Now fold the nose as shown in fig.13
- Fold the right and left unfolded sections to the backside – refer fig.14
- Fold the upper triangle inside like a envelope – you can compare fig.15 and fig.16
- The quest of how to make a good paper airplane never skips a step like this.
- Mountain fold the paper airplane equally to half
- Fold the wings on both side here – The diagonal right side should match with straight left side
- Remember to fold it properly and check for their symmetry.
- Clearly observe the step 18 – on both top-left and lower-left sections
- Fold the upper and lower sections and UNFOLD once done
- Push both top and lower sections inwards – you can compare fig.19 and fig.20
- You have successfully made it. Now your paper plane will be looking like this – see fig.20
- Fold the nose down on both sides – compare fig.21 and fig.22
- Fold the wings on both sides with the dotted lines as the center
- This is great! You have successfully made a good paper airplane!
- All you need now is to find a open space to fly it with cool attitude.
- You can share this to your friends/family or your school gang!
- Busy making all of our free paper airplanes.
Best paper airplanes flying technique:
- Hold the Plane behind the center of the plane’s gravity center
- Keep your left foot slightly forward and launch it in 30 – 40 degrees angle, throw it steadily with a medium force. If it fails, tweak the tail wing slightly up and try again.
- Try different angles and forces now! Wow, That’s how one learns properly with more trying and flying. Kudos!
- For More Techniques – Go to Flight Science – Science behind paper airplanes > Flying Techniques. You will find far more than any other tricks available on the internet for How to fold a Paper airplane !
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How to Make the World's Fastest Paper Airplane
Introduction: How to Make the World's Fastest Paper Airplane
This is how to fold the fastest paper airplane I know. It can take a very hard throw and still fly well. I credit the design to Surefire Paper Airplanes . *DISCLAIMER*- I AM IN NO WAY RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY THIS PAPER AIRPLANE- THROW AT YOUR OWN RISK! WIthout further ado, here is the Instructable! I will reference mountain and valley folds here, so if you don't know what they are, you can check this out first.
Step 1: Precreases
Fold a regular fold hot-dog style along the center, then fold a small reference crease hamburger style. This will be used in the next step.
Step 2: Fold the Corners to Middle
Bring the top right corner down to the middle of the paper where the two creases intersect. Bring the other corner down as well it should end up looking like this
Step 3: Fold Sides to Middle
Bring the sides of the new folds down along the center line- ignore the overhanging of the left flap underneath.
Step 4: Fold Point Behind
Now I need you to fold a mountain fold at the bottommost line and a valley fold at the point underneath where the flaps in step 2 intersect underneath the edges in the previous step. If you are confused look at the pictures.
Step 5: Fold Corners As Far As They Can Go
Take the corners and bring them down so that they can't go any further without tearing the paper.
Step 6: Mountain Fold and Round Corners
Mountain fold the whole plane back and round the edge so that when it flies it gets a little lift when it flies.
Step 7: Final Steps
Fold the sides of the plane back down, aligning the sides of the point back down. Make sure you fold good creases here. After that, your plane is done! Grip the plane near the center towards the front and give it a good hearty toss. And remember try not to break anything! Make sure you comment and rate this Instructable, it's my first one! Tell me if there's anything I could improve on, I always like supportive responses!
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Tip 1 year ago
Do the creases sharp and stuff
Question 2 years ago on Introduction
What paper would you advise and how long is it?
Question 2 years ago
what is the name of this ariplane?
2 years ago
step 3 & 4 are very very very hard
Question 2 years ago on Step 4
how do you mountain fold
Answer 2 years ago
You split it in half
Tip 2 years ago
maybe add a video that is how i learn
Question 2 years ago on Step 7
can you make a vido for 6 plese
how do you do 6?
can you make a video of this i am stuck on 5 plese
3 years ago
can you make a vedeo please this was serisly hard
Reply 3 years ago
you can try and do it if it does not work just ask someone to help!!!!!!!!YOU CAN DO YOUR BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
you can make that if you try your hardest,if you did try and did it leave me a comment
It’s a good plane but the instructions are very vague and hard to un
3 years ago on Step 4
number 4 is hard
Question 3 years ago
uh can you explain more on 6? Because it looks like you're pushing the front of the into the body/wing area
Question 5 years ago on Step 4
How can you fold a mountain?