How to Make Your Own Fly Paper

How to make a paper bat that really flies

Start with a rectangular piece of paper. 8.5″x11″ or this one is 9″x12″. Fold in half width-wise and open back up.

Now fold each side in towards the center fold.

Next, fold out the sides like this:

Then fold the corners down like you do on a traditional paper airplane

Now turn over. Fold the top point down to the bottom.

Next, fold the corners down like this:

Now fold the point back up, it should cover up the 2 corners you just folded. Then turn over.

Fold the point down again and then fold in half width wise (you’re almost done!)

Fold one of the wings down leaving a bit at the bottom to hold on to. Do the same to the other side and you’re done!

These bats will fly during the day 😉

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Delta Wings

Salmon Medium

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Minnow Medium

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Trout Medium

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Catfish Difficult

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Pike Difficult

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Questions Answers

Question: Is a boomerang paper airplane hard to make?

Answer: Most of the planes are fairly easy to make. The Paper Airplane Guy’s plane is the most challenging to fold, but not too difficult.

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,

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. 

STEM Paper Airplane Challenge

Every week we like to do a different challenge with our elementary-aged kiddos.

I give them a problem or a contest, and they have to figure out how to solve it. You would not believe how engaged the kids are in learning when they have a problem to solve!

Make a paper airplane that can carry a cargo and glide more than ten feet (not be hurled, but actually glide).  The cargo we decided on was money-coins.  And the winner is the kiddo who could fly the most money.  Our winner flew a plane with $5.60!  Second place winner came in with nearly $3.00 of coins!

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Supplies you need to set up your kids challenge

Will your paper airplane fly with $5 on board?
Will your paper airplane fly with $5 on board?

Paper Plane Target Challenge

In this first challenge the goal is accuracy. The cargo paper planes need to demonstrate they can fly through a target successfully.

  1. Use tape to mark a line on the floor 10 feet from the doorway you will use for the target.
  2. Stretch a piece of tape across the doorway about 1/4th the way from the door way top.
  3. Kids will throw paper airplanes attempting to fly over the tape and not run into the wall!
  4. The challenge winner is the one that is the most accurate with the heaviest plane.

Paper Plane Distance Challenge

The second challenge has a goal of flying distance. Accuracy is only important that the paper planes are still in boundaries that you determine.

  1. Use tape to mark a starting line on the ground or floor.
  2. Determine what “in bounds” is based on your surroundings.
  3. Challengers all start with the same weight on the paper airplanes and take turns throwing for distance.
  4. Mark paper plane landing positions with a marker if multiple rounds are played.
  5. The challenge winner is the one who threw their paper plane for the longest distance.

Fighter Jet Planes

Wildebeest Difficult

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Zebra Medium

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Gazelle Difficult

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Antelope Easy

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Elk Difficult

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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

Step by Step Paper Airplane Instructions for Dart Design

This week we studied paper airplanes. All you need to make this paper airplane model called a dart is a regular piece of paper or any rectangular piece of paper. If you are doing a challenge afterward, you will want all the paper pieces for each child to be the same size.

Step 7:

Step 7: Find the center point of the big X, fold down the top edge of the X to the bottom edge of the X

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Curious about Simple Origami?

It’s easy to get started with simple origami. You need lightweight, foldable paper and classic origami folding directions.

There are many who are intrigued with origami. In some cultures, particularly Japan, the ability to origami is very significant. Little ones pick up the art of origami as a daily activity.

Simple origami doesn’t require an extreme skill. Provided an individual is in a position to read and follow basic directions, they can make simple origami art. Nonetheless, there are individuals who create origami designs for businesses and other commercial reasons, and these are generally very creative and artistic people. Patience is required for the art of origami; as one might presume, figuring out intricate patterns in different projects can be quite tedious.

The less apparent skill required is mathematics. Even though it is paper, it is still building and calculating so all can be folded precisely. Yet, this is more important for the actual author of a design, not as much for us who follow instructions from a video. Of course, that is what makes it more fun and hobby-like to us casual paper folders.

According to an article in the Bangkok Post, the record for the longest flight indoors of an origami plane is 22.48 seconds – held by Takuo Toda, who is the originator of this paper airplane creation. It seems like an excellent way to get a quick video lesson to inspired your paper folding journey!


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