Fly Jets with Paper!

Do you ever wonder if kids today still fly paper planes? Maybe some do, but with all the cool computer games available right now, others might think they’re “old” and boring.

So let’s take that old paper plane to a higher level! Here we’ll make paper jets instead that could fly five times farther than the ones older generations were making! If the kids don’t enjoy this, I don’t know who will!

Now excuse me while I forget my adult duties for a while and play with my paper jet outside ?

Paper Jet

Materials:

  • A4 size Paper
  • X-acto Knife and Cutting Mat/Scissors
  • Rubber Band

Steps:

Paper Jet

Start by folding the sheet of paper in half width-wise, and cut it in two pieces. We just need one of them.

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Fold length-wise and then open the paper back up and fold the top two corners inward. Keeping a little gap where they meet along the crease will help the folding later and keep the paper layers flat.

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Fold both sides so the corners meet again in the center line.

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Repeat the folding of both sides to the center line. This starts looking like a very fast jet!

Paper Jet

To shape the wings keep the plane folded along the crease, and fold along a line parallel to the bottom edge of the plane.

Paper Jet

To cut the anchor where the rubber band will hook into, I’d recommend using a knife. You can use scissors too, you just need to be careful so the two cuts meet in one sharp point, otherwise the rubber band may get stuck in it.

Paper Jet

Choosing the right rubber band is key to get your Super Paper Jet flying far. For maximum reach, we want the rubber band to be long, with good stretch and strength. Try stretching the rubber band – if it returns to the same length that’s good, if it becomes longer after the stretch that’s not good.

You can also use a longer rubber band, e.g. from a file folder. That’s what I was using and I was close to reaching the length of a soccer field!

Paper Jet

You can experiment with this, but that’s my choice on using the rubber band:

– Create a triangle with the pinkie, the index finger and the thumb.

– Stretch the rubber band from the pinkie.

– Pass the rubber band around the index finger and the thumb.

This way there is not rubber in the way of the plane, and all the length and strength of the rubber band is on the plane side.

Paper Jet

Find an open space for the test launch so you get a sense of how fast and far this plane can go – a park, a baseball field, etc.

Don’t forget to share how far your paper jet went 🙂

 

Thanks to ishback for this great tutorial!

 

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