Kids love constructing and flying paper airplanes. They're incredibly easy to make and are fun to watch as they sail through the air and land across the room. Whether you're stuck indoors on a rainy day or simply looking to stay inside to avoid the heat of a hot summer afternoon, making paper airplanes is an enjoyable activity that parents and kids can do together. All you need is a sheet of paper and the help of your kids to make these easy paper airplanes.
Fold the sheet of paper in half lengthwise, firmly pressing down as you run your finger across the fold to make a solid crease. The folded piece should be 4.25 by 11 inches in size.
Pull back one of the corners until it reaches the folded edge of your piece of paper then press down to make a crease. The folded piece will resemble a triangle. Repeat this step on the other side to finish creating the body of your airplane.
Fold the open end of the paper down to the folded edge then press to make a crease. This creates your paper airplane's wing. Repeat this step on the other side to finish creating a basic paper airplane.
Test out your paper airplane then make any customizations to optimize flying performance. You could, for example, fold up the sides of each wing a little bit, make the wings larger by folding them so they extend beyond the folded edge of the body of your plane, or change the angle of the wing folds. Test out your modifications and enjoy flying your paper airplane!