How to Make the Best Paper Airplane

How to Make the Best Paper AirplaneThis is a paper airplane that will gain you respect and gratitude of the small and action obsessed.  It is the paper airplane that my boys ask me to make over and over again.

This is the paper airplane you need to know how to fold

It’s not complicated – it can be folded out of anything from a gum paper wrapper to yesterday’s mail.  It’s a classic.

My boys call this paper airplane a “long plane.”

Last year, for Christmas they got this Awesome Paper Planes book and it’s so cool that I and I thought the “long plane” would be retired, but I was wrong.  In fact, after folding a few of the planes in the book, the rest of the neat looking paper that came with the book has been used for these tried and true paper airplanes.

The Only Paper Airplane You Need to Know How to Make

How to Fold the Best Paper Airplane - Printable Instructions

Click for printable instructions for the Best Paper Airplane.

  • Take your paper and fold it in half long ways.
  • Open and fold both corners in to the middle.
  • Take those slanted sides and fold them in to the middle.
  • Fold in half again.
  • Fold down each wing.

You’re done!  If you used a paper that doesn’t stay folded so well (like the lousy construction paper that we seem to have reams of around here) then you might want to put a little piece of tape on top the hold it together.)

What do you think?  Is this kind of paper airplane “The Best”? Or have you got another folding trick up your sleeve that I should know about to wow my kids?

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  1. says

    What a great tutorial for those of long past remembering how to make a great paper airplane. :) My youngest LOVES airplanes and I’m at a loss…Thanks for the refresher.

    I’m always looking for a great kid activity you can take on the road and this sure fits the bill! I will link it to my website where I write about traveling with the kids and learning along the way! I would love a shout out from you!

    Thanks for sharing,
    Natalie, The Educational Tourist

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