Here are two fun ways to harness the power of paper and watch things take flight.
First we made a school of “flipping fishies”.
Draw rectangles on white paper and color in. The more colors the better!
Cut out the rectangles, and cut a notch on each end, facing in opposite directions.
Slot these notches together and you have fish. Soon we had mommies, daddies, and baby fish.
Toss them in the air and watch them whirl!
Interestingly, we discovered that our baby fish swirled much better than the bigger ones we made.
Cutting out rectangles was great practice for Travis to cut in straight lines!
For each straw, make one long rectangle, and one short; tape these into circles, and tape onto the straws.
Hold your straw so the small circle is at the front – and let it soar!
Those paper circles really catch the wind, and will carry your straw across a room. It’s fun to compare these to a plain old straw, which nose-dives right down.