My kids spend LOTS of time creating things to launch, use as projectiles, or fly. This simple project was created while spending a fun weekend up at the cabin with friends. It was fun to watch the progression of these simple fliers. All these little flying machines were launched from a simple elastic band stretched between the upturned legs of a dining chair. Simple and easy is what we do best!
The first prototype was more about the creative look, than the distance it flew. Although some of these creations turned out some pretty sweet acrobatic moves.
The kids started out by folding a piece of paper several times to create a thick “V”. The “V” was then taped onto the back of a creative glider. Once everything was secure the “V” was placed over the elastic band, pulled taunt and then released.
It was fun to see what creation everyone came up with. Some of these little fliers were great at doing crazy stunts, although most needed to be tweaked further to really merit any points! The kids had so much fun drawing new designs and building off of each others successes.
This is the amazing line up of flying launchers. My personal favorite was the rocket. It made a few remarkable twists in the air.
Once the Dads got involved…well lets just say they moved past the simple folded ”V” Launcher and onto the paper clip.
Nothing really that fancy, but with a little adjustment these guy really took off.
Now the kids were were shooting for distance! We had a great afternoon of creating and playing. I love that a simple rubber band and and upturned chair could evoke this much creativity!