Paper Gyrocopter

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Total Time 1 hour Ages school-age

Take your kids for a spin around the neighborhood with a toy gyrocopter. You can make one in five easy steps.

What you'll need

  • One sheet of plain paper
  • Pinking shears or scissors
  • One paper clip
Helpful Tip:

Your child can drop the finished gyrocopter from an elevated spot, and it should spin to the ground.

How to make it

  1. Cut out a 6 1/2-inch-long by 1 1/2-inch-wide strip of paper. (Note: We found that using pinking shears made the gyrocopter fly better, but one cut out with ordinary scissors works well too.)

  2. Paper Gyrocopter - step 2

    Starting at the top, cut a 3-inch slit down through the middle of the strip to create a pair of wings.

  3. Fold the wings down in opposite directions from one another.

  4. Attach a paper clip to the bottom of the strip for weight.

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