How to make a paper airplane
Most boys love to make and fly paper airplanes. We learned to make them when we were young, maybe even before entering grade school. We played with them during class, raced them to see whose plane went the farthest, and even tried to hit a target with them. I don’t know if girls like it too but a paper airplane is probably one of the best toys a boy could have, and all you need is a piece of paper. Being able to make a piece of paper fly was more than enough to keep me entertained for hours. I would make a series of them, a big one from a newspaper, and whole set of different sizes.
I am lucky to have two elder brothers growing up, who taught me how to make a paper airplane. Since my son is the first born child, I would have to teach him how to make a paper airplane. There are a lot of ways to make a paper airplane especially now with the internet available even to kids, you could just search for the best paper airplane you can fly with your child. The paper airplane that was taught to me as a child required some part of the paper to be teared off. A few months ago, I wanted to share with my toddler the joy of flying a paper airplane so I looked for an easy to remember paper airplane. I wanted it to be simple without any cutting or tearing but I also wanted it to fly good. The “Harrier” was my choice and we have been flying it ever since. I recently read about it again in The Dangerous Book for Boys, so I decided to share it here although it must be a really popular paper airplane.
The Harrier paper airplane
All you need is a rectangle shaped paper. Since I lack the skill of drawing nice, I just took some pictures while making one. Here I used a letter sized bond paper.
I also like making this with the real estate flyers they give out in the mall, the paper is usually thicker than bond paper and really smooth and shiny.