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Posted on March 20, 2020

How Far Can it Fly?

Who inspired PAW Patrol’s Skye to fly? Probably aviation pioneer Amelia Earhart! How far can your little pilot fly a paper airplane?

Materials:

Printable (optional) or paper, and tape or glue

Steps:

1. First came Amelia Earhart, then came PAW Patrol’s Skye … and now you! Let’s make a paper airplane and then see how far you can make it fly.

2. First, let’s print the printable airplane template or pick a piece of paper in our favorite color. Here’s how we can turn a piece of paper into an airplane: (1) Fold the paper in half vertically. (2) Unfold the paper and fold each of the top corners into the center line so it looks like an arrow. (3) Fold the top edges into the center line so it’s a narrower arrow. (4) Fold the plane in half along the center line. (5) Fold the wings down, so the top edges match up with the bottom edge of the body. (6) Add a little glue or a little tape to the inside of the body so the plane stays together.

3. Now let’s try to fly our paper airplane. I’ll mark how far it goes (with chalk or a little piece of paper). Let’s throw it 5 times and see how far we can make it go. Which time went the farthest?

Words to Use:

Airplane – a flying vehicle with wings

Pioneer – someone who does something first

Fly
– to move through the air using wings

Wings
– used for flying

Amount
– a quantity of something

Dab
– a small amount

Farthest
– a longer distance than another

Simplify:

Fold the paper airplane for your child and then let him or her fly it to see how far it can go.

Stretch:

Test different paper airplane designs and find out which one goes the farthest. Ask your little aviation pro why he or she thinks the winner goes the farthest.
Fold the paper airplane for your child and then let him or her fly it to see how far it can go.

Why:

Build your aviator’s mind by talking about distances and comparisons, important early math ideas.

Extend The Learning:

Skye loves to fly! And she loves celebrating other amazing aviators! In “Pups Save an Ace,” now streaming in the Noggin app, the pups lend a paw and show kids what a runway is and how it’s used. Together, they race to help one of Skye’s favorite pilots land a plane. Watch and give your pint-sized pilot a pop quiz (to test his/her vocabulary words). Ask which part of the plane did the PAW Patrol pups have to repair?

Printable:

Download Printable!

Highlights of Women’s History

Amelia Earhart was an aviation pioneer. She was the first woman to fly alone across the Atlantic Ocean, and she wrote popular books about flying! She saw her first plane at a state fair in Iowa when she was 12 years old. She said as soon as she first left the ground in an airplane, she knew she needed to fly. 

“Adventure is worthwhile in itself.” — Amelia Earhart



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