If you can’t remember how to make paper planes from your childhood, here are some books and tutorials that make it easy. Get ready for some flying fun with the kids!
The New World Champion Paper Airplane Book
By John M Collins
The author, popular as “The Paper Airplane Guy,” created Suzanne , the paper plane that broke the Guinness World Record by flying 226 feet, 10 inches in the air. Discover 22 airplane tear-out designs for airplane models (including Suzanne), with step-by-step photos, and the promise of hours of flying fun. Collins is also the author of The Gliding Flight and Fantastic Flight, featuring easy-to-fold paper plane designs. Says the author, “Sadly, making things has been largely lost as part of our culture. Toys now need to ‘do something’ so that even playing with the thing is optional. In my view, this is a huge mistake. We are robbing ourselves of a very important experience: experimenting, exploring, creating—in short, making things.” So, go on, make some paper planes!
Supercool Paper Airplanes Kit
By Andrew Dewar, illustrated by Kostya Vints
As the book promises, you can look forward to 12 pop-out paper airplanes that you can assemble in a minute. Fold where marked and use the catapult to launch your creation into the air. The designs include a sci-fi inspired Thunder Bird, the vibrant Dragonfly and a high-tech Space Ship. There’s no messy glue involved either.
200 Paper Planes to Fold and Fly
By Andy Tudor
As the name suggests, tear off the sheets, get folding and the colouful planes are ready to fly! The book comes with instructions and flying tips.
100 Paper Spaceships to Fold and Fly
By Jerome Martin, illustrated by Andy Tudor
What child doesn’t love a spaceship? With this book, they can tear out sheets in bright patterns and fold them origami-style to create their own spaceships, with help from the step-by-step instructions.
Make 24 Paper Planes
By Elizabeth Golding, illustrated by Kees Moerbeek
These easy-to-make paper planes cover a range from simple darts to speeding sharks. It comes with a launcher that gets planes to fly at over 15 mph, besides elastic bands, clips and anything else that you need to get it ready.