Although Fiddlebug, Bart and Craig love to play in the playroom, being stuck inside on a rainy day can still make them wish for cheerful colors and fresh air. During the last big storm, the three friends came up with a plan to brighten up their cloudy day. They made a paper airplane curtain in the playroom doorway with some of their favorite colored paper! Every time someone comes into the room, the little planes fly around and make them all smile.
The directions for making a paper airplane curtain are right here, so you can have your very own! Make sure you have an adult help you with the cutting part.
What you need:
Paper – you can use plain paper or colored, wrapping paper works well too!
What you do:
1) Cut your paper into rectangles – the bigger the rectangle, the bigger the plane (I used 3 inch by 6 inch pieces)
2) Fold each rectangle into a paper airplane as follows:
A) Fold the paper in half so that the short edges are lined up together and the colored side of the paper is inside.
B) Fold the top left corner of the top paper in toward the bottom right corner until you have formed a point at the bottom left corner and the edges are even along the bottom.
C) Fold top right corner straight down so that the side edges are even and the top corner touches the bottom corner.
D) Fold the new top edge down to the bottom edge.
E) Flip the whole thing over and repeat steps B, C and D, only reverse your rights and lefts so that you have your plane facing the same direction on both sides.
F) Hold original bottom folded edge and gently bend wings up to form the plane.
3) Cut a straw into 1 inch long pieces.
4) Put one piece of straw into the folded paper airplane and use a small piece of tape to hold the wings together at the top of the plane.
5) Cut a piece of fishing line to the length you want and thread it through the drinking straw inside the plane, then tie the end back onto the fishing line on the other side of the straw (it should form a loop with the plane inside it.
6) Straighten out the plane so it hangs evenly on the fishing line.
7) Put a small piece of tape across the back end of the plane under the wings to hold it closed.
8) Tape the free end of the fishing line to your doorframe.
9) Repeat until you have enough planes flying at different levels to form your paper airplane curtain.
All three friends wanted me to remind you that you don’t have to hang your planes in the door. They do great in windows or just hanging from your ceiling too! And they are GREAT for imaginations. If you are stuck inside on a rainy day, just look up at your paper planes and think of all the places you would go if you could fly away on one of them!
Being a homeschooling parent for 13 years and an independent author/illustrator makes a person learn quite a bit about a lot of things. Now it's time to pass it on!