{Science} : Paper Airplane Design

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

Supplies:
Paper (we used printer paper)

Activity:
Make a bunch of different paper airplanes.  Experiment by folding that paper different ways.  Which design goes the farthest?

Easy Peasy.

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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.

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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?

 

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