Paper Helicopters

You and your kids will love putting together these simple helicopters and watching them fly!

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

*Video below

You won’t believe how incredibly easy these are to make. And much to our surprise…they work so well!!

You will need:

Paper (we used cardstock)

Paper clip

Scissors

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Cut your paper into a 6 inch by 2 inch rectangle. (Feel free to try smaller or larger for different sized helicopters but this is what we used).

At one end, cut about 3 inches up the middle of your paper.

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Next, make two cuts on either side about 1/2 an inch higher than your cut.

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Fold the uncut end inward as shown.

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Flatten and fold up a small piece of your paper. Next, add a paper clip to hold things in place and add weight so that your helicopter stays upwards while flying.

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Finally, fold your cut end in opposite directions to create your helicopter blades.

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

You may want to repeat the process and make yourself a few, especially if you’re letting them drop from a high place and you don’t want to have to get down every time to go again!

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

We were able to get these flying by grabbing the paperclip end and throwing it similar to a paper airplane, but trust me…you’ll want to find a high place like a balcony to see just how incredible these little guys are!!!

Paper Helicopters: A STEM Activity for kids!

Simply drop them and watch them spin. They are absolutely beautiful! Goose requested doing this activity over and over again until we had to go in for dinner. But I assure you we will be back out again all week playing with these. I think it may just be our most successful activity to date!

Here’s a little clip of our helicopter in action!

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