Explore forces with these super simple paper helicopters

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Explore forces with these super simple paper helicopters

Recently Ethan has had an interest in all things transport. In particular, at daycare, they have been making paper aeroplanes and pretending to go on plane trips. Iā€™m not sure how that lead to a discussion of helicopters but it did. I had made these paper helicopters or whirly birds before with Lily but never with Ethan. They are super simple to do (especially if you have a template like our downloadable one below) but it is also quite fun to play around with proportions once you have done your first one.

What you need

  1. Downloadable template from this page.
  2. Scissors
  3. A metal paperclip


1. Cut out one of the templates on the print out.

2. Cut along the red lines on the template as shown below.

Paper helicopter template step 1

3. Fold the tabs as shown.

How to fold the paper helicopter template to make the helicopter

4. Attach a paperclip to the column that forms at the bottom of the helicopter.

5. The helicopter should look like this.

Completed helicopter or whirly bird

The science

The science of how paper helicopters work

More information about the science of the paper helicopter

Download the template

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