Come Fly With Me

Friday, July 10, 2009

Jude has been obsessed with paper airplanes lately.

It all started with a paper airplane book that David has. Jude loves to look through there and get the paper airplanes made. Then he started trying to make them himself. He's getting along pretty good with it now--he's learning how to crease properly, and follow the diagrams fairly accurately.

The other day, he made one and said, "It doesn't look like the picture, but it flies pretty good!"

Yesterday, when we went to library, I picked him up a different paper airplane book.

I think the boy has made about five airplanes since last night--some of them for himself, some for his brothers.

Inevitably, Jabin will pick a really complicated one, so I usually get to make a few, too.

And, when you're a boy, what better way to play with your paper airplanes than throwing them all?

At the same time.

Good thing I have a pretty hefty-sized pile of scrap paper!

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  1. I heartily approve. Not sure if you remember, but I did about that exact same thing at that age, and branched out into an obsession with developing my own unique "perfect paper airplane" design. Used to have contests with Clint for who could make an airplane that would fly the furthest distance, loop the most, stay in the air the longest, etc etc :)

    Way to go, Jude!

    btw: it's also handy to just keep used office printer paper in a big drawer too. I still have stacks of it, and have a hard time throwing away any properly sized paper because "Hey that looks like it would make a good airplane".

    Get him some 11x17! You can start making good stuff with that. Also, for variety, a fun thing to do is to start taping together multiple 8.5x11 sheets into BIG sheets, and making the largest airplane possible. Warning: use light tape, heavy tape will make the plane too heavy to fly far. I think my record for a usable airplane was from 16 sheets taped together.



    I used to make paper planes and boats all the time in Calcutta. We used to fly the planes and drop the boats from the balcony into the air and into the flooded street (Hoorah for Monsoons) below respectively.

    These simple past-times make the max. memories for years to come.

    So glad the kid's having a brilliant time with them and a paper plane making book? Now I need to get one of those!!

    xx Ace :-)

  3. How great that a fun activity is also a good learning activity!

  4. Logan - I DO remember, actually, and had told Jude about your adventures. He thought that was pretty cool. He has invented his own "transformer plane" that can have either a blunt or a pointy tip--and flies pretty good either way!

    And I always keep reusable office paper around for the boys--the best way to recycle before I recycle, if you ask me!

    (Lately, I've been saving cream cartons and other small boxes. When I have enough, I plan on stocking up on masking tape and letting the kids have at it all. Also inspired by memories of your adventures...)

    Ace - Oo, that sounds like a blast! The boats got to fly before they floated! Hee. Definitely get a book--although with your engineering mind, you probably don't need one!

    Vicki - I can tell you're a fellow mom. I know, 'cause I was thinking exactly along those lines...

    Mom - You know it! Any flashbacks coming to mind? (See Logan's comment, above.)


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