Have some fun with paper gliders!
This brief PDF slideshow gives you folding instructions for the simplest paper glider you can make. It may not have the elegance of other styles of gliders but it has plenty of space on the sides and top for drawing, adding stickers and just plain making it look cool.
This glider is suitable for young students and anyone else who is fascinated by the science of flight.
“Paper airplane” is often used as a broadly generic term, so it’s okay to call these gliders by that name, too, although they do not have an onboard source of thrust.
If a child asks you why gliders (and airplanes) fly, explain that one reason is that when the wings press down against the air, the air pushes back. [For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction: Newton’s Third Law of Motion.]
An easy, gentle toss will work better with this paper glider than a more forceful throw. On a windy or rainy day – or if a suitable outdoor location is not available to you – one of the best locations for testing this glider is a long, empty hallway.
This presentation was adapted from
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