Source of Inspiration
We are traveling virtually to China this summer with a big bucket list of activities. Making toys was not on our original list, but I discovered a wonderful blog Marie’s Pastiche who is undertaking a year-long virtual trip to China with her family. She gave excellent instructions for creating a copter-like toy out of cardboard and a skewer. They were easy enough for my 6 year old to follow mostly independently and make her own toy.
- Thin Cardboard
- A bamboo skewer
- A pintable template
How to Make This DIY Flying ToyStep 1: Trace the propeller template on the cardboard and cut it out while complaining all the while that this is too hard.
Step 2: This is where you can sneak some math, since the kids will need to find the center of the propeller to put a skewer in. Smarty had a good idea to draw and measure the line between two ends and mark a half point. She got lost when she measured about 7 and 3/4 inches. My suggestions to use centimeters fell on deaf ears, so she approximated the middle at 4 inches.
Step 3: Decorate! As usual, my daughter tried to “get it over with” as quickly as possible.
Step 4: Put a skewer through a center and fix it with hot glue. This step is not pictured as I was supervising and helping with a skewer.
Step 5: Go out and play. Launching didn’t work for either of us on the first try, but Smarty didn’t give up and kept trying. She was very proud of herself when she was able to produce a graceful rotating fall. Now I have to figure out the place to launch it from the higher point. I am also thinking of making another dragonfly with a lighter cardboard and comparing the two in a mini-experiment.
Have you made toys with your kids? What kind?
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