popsicle sticks

This is a great project to teach your children how to have fun, and learn a little bit about aerodynamics at the same time. It might require a little hand coordination, and maybe a few tries, but this is a simple enjoyable little craft that anyone can make. Best of all, it involves no scissors or toxic material-and it's dirt cheap! This article will teach you how to build a plane out of Popsicle sticks.

Before you can build a plane out of Popsicle sticks, you need to locate some Popsicle sticks. Try to resist the temptation to sit on the porch and make some Popsicles disappear to obtain craft materials. Not only will they probably be sticky (and low quality), but it's more fun to use different colors of Popsicle sticks (you can find them in most craft stores).

When you are ready to begin making your aerodynamic wonder, grab five Popsicle sticks. Stack three of the Popsicle sticks on top of each other. Keep your finger at one end (holding all three) and spread them to look like a pair of scissors with one stick in the middle, shaped something like a "W". This will form the base of your Popsicle stick plane.

Take your fourth Popsicle stick and insert it through your other three (sort of weave it) underneath the first stick, over the middle stick, and underneath the far stick. Center this Popsicle stick so it looks like it won't be falling out on its own. So now you should have a "W" shape with one stick going horizontal across your "W". It should now begin to look something like a plane made out of popsicle sticks.

You're almost there-now take your fifth and final popsicle stick and weave it through at the top of the "W" shape in much the same manner you did with the last stick, but with the opposite pattern-so if you went under-over-under last time, this time you will go over-under-over.

Your airplane is finished! Fly it around the house for a test flight. If you fly your popsicle stick plane into a wall it might just crash and disassemble itself. It might not hurt to print out the directions so you have a handy reference in case you need to reassemble your popsicle stick plane!

For more fun you can paint and decorate your popsicle stick plane with stickers or crayons. If you have children let them color the popsicle sticks and make their own airplane designs.