One of the things I have wanted to incorporate into back into our homeschool is some “just for fun” science. We love our science curriculum, but at times I miss some of the more random, fun science stuff we used to do. So each week I plan to have one fun science activity.
This week it was to have the boys design paper airplanes and determine which design flew the best.
Paper Airplane Design
Paper (we used printer paper)
Make a bunch of different paper airplanes. Experiment by folding that paper different ways. Which design goes the farthest?
My ultimate goal with this was to get the boys, especially Thing 1 to realize that it is OK to have failures. Thing 1 is very much a perfectionist, and I want to help him realize that failure happens. However, you can learn so much from your failures and make something better the next time around.
As suspected, Thing 1 was disappointed that his first attempt didn’t work. However, after a little bit of coaching, he kept trying until he built the airplane that went the furthest.
This was a simple and safe way to challenge him, without him really realizing it. I am such a sneaky mommy.
What fun have you had with paper airplane?