Picture of Hoop Glider
A twist on the paper plane that uses rings for wings!

This is one of the 48 projects for our Instructables: Made In Your Mind (IMIYM) exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Houston showing from May 26, 2012 - November 4, 2012. Produced in partnership with Instructables, IMIYM is an exhibit where families work together to build different fun, toy-like projects that help construct knowledge and skills related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while instilling a “do-it-yourself” attitude in kids so they feel empowered to explore, tinker, and try to make things themselves. To learn more, check out the article here.

This project is a creation by the Children's Museum of Houston staff, but does resemble similar projects like the Huffin' Hoopster   Instructable created by Kiteman. Often, the materials and process for building our projects are designed for use with a large number of visitors (we see over 800,000 annually) and the need to ensure safety in a mostly non-facilitated environment. So, yes, many of these projects have room for improvement in both materials and methodology, which is PRECISELY what we want to encourage the kids to do. So please do share your ideas for improvement and modifications!
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Step 1: What You Need

Picture of What You Need
We are selective in our materials for cost, ease of use, and safety due to our high traffic (800,000 visitors annually). So, for our purposes, this design worked best. But you may have other ideas - please share!
  • 1 - 8.5” x 11” Sheet of paper
  • 1 – Drinking Straw
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencil

Step 2: The Video

We offer optional video segments of each step for this project in the actual exhibit. Here is a compilation of all the steps.

Step 3: Step 1 - Long Strip

Picture of Step 1 - Long Strip
Measure 1 inch from the long side along each of the short sides and draw a line across. Cut out the strip of paper.
yapoyo2 years ago
I hate how they take safety so seriously in the USA. Don't you?
Filipp yapoyo3 months ago

Yes, I do too. In Russia, where I'm from, it's exactly the opposite.

To be on the safe side, I'm going to say, "No, no I don't." :-)