This is a easy and cheap creation to add to any classroom lesson. Anyone younger than second grade will need more than one day of work, and pre-cut items might be helpful. Anyone younger than 4th grade you may want to break the lesson up. Do not fear, any K-12 grade level can be successful with this, you just might need to modify what steps they do. Pre-cutting templates for instance might be helpful. Working in small groups may be a good idea. You name it modifications can be made and I'm more than happy to help you come up with those modification. :)
So let's get crackin' at making this fantastic upcycled paper airplane toy/model that can be used in a multitude of teaching lessons!
Please see my other paper craft instructables (All of which could be created using recycled paper) for other ideas as well:
Pirate Paper Craft (EASY)
Goldie Locks (Little Girl) Paper Craft (Easy)
The Muffin Man or Chef Paper Craft (EASY)
Swan Paper Craft
Learning about how planes work
The history or planes
Following basic directions
Following a pattern
Learning how to write expository text, narrative, instructional text
Art lesson for any season
Learning new key words (these can very from lesson to lesson)
Earth Day Lesson
Learning about recycling, reusing, reducing, and upcycling
and MUCH MUCH MORE!
I'd love to hear any ideas you might have for lessons!
Step 1: Materials Needed
Old Paper (newspaper, damaged books, scrap paper, thin cardboard)
Glue (Elmers) (White glue is best but I did this with rubber cement)
Templates (these can be printed out on the back of already used paper)
Materials Recommended But Not needed:
Permanent Marker (many colors or one)
Recycled Paper is not the only way this pirate could be made, some other thoughts on what you could create this guy out of are listed below:
You name it you could likely use it!
Step 2: Cut Out the Templates
I had some old school templates left to me by a former school teacher long ago, I've modified them to make creating this paper craft easier. This basic design can be used and changed to make other modifications.
In another green idea, you can print off the PDF on paper you had planed on throwing out.
Step 3: Find Your Paper
I started by using the nose cone pattern and cutting it out. The large dashes are where the pattern should lay on a fold of the paper, so you have to identical pieces hooked together.
Step 4: Body of the Plane
Step 5: Tail Pieces
Step 6: Wings
Step 7: Wing Slit
Once you have your wings in place, roll the body of the plane and glue it in place. Hold it together with a paper clip to help it dry as you move on.
Step 8: Tail End of the Body
Step 9: Nose Piece
Step 10: Bringing Up the Rear
Step 11: Engines
Step 12: Time to Play and Learn
Most of all you get a cool paper airplane toy made out of materials that would have been thrown away.
Please share with me any ideas you have or if you make the project!