Test Pilot With Paper Airplanes

Test Pilot With Paper Airplanes craft

Draw a colorful airport runway that pops into exciting 3-D when you wear 3-D glasses. Fold your best paper airplane designs and see which ones fly the longest distance!

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    Draw an airport runway with Crayola 3-D Sidewalk Chalk on a safe outdoor surface. To create the best 3-D effects, leave a small line of empty area between each chalk color. Place cool colors such as blue, purple, and green near warm colors such as red, yellow, and orange for maximum 3-D depth. Try on the glasses as you draw to see the effects you’re creating.

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    Mark playing lines a short distance away from the targets for test pilots to stand behind. Mark a close line for younger pilots and another line a bit farther away for older pilots.

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    Using your foot as a measuring tool, mark the edge of the runway like a giant ruler. Number the marks, with the smallest number at the starting line.

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    Add colorful chalk drawings of "hazards" such as puddles, birds, and rocks on the runway. If your test plane lands in a hazard area, that flight doesn’t count.

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    Fold several paper airplanes. Decorate them with markers.

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    Take turns launching your airplanes down the runway. See which airplane flies the farthest without landing in a hazard or going off the runway! To keep score, use the number next to the mark closest to where the plane lands for each trial. Add them togeth

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    Other ideas: 1. Try taking an additional step backwards before tossing the airplane each round to make the contest more challenging. 2. Have everyone take turns flying the same paper airplane. Which take-off techniques work best?