Pinterest in Real Life - Paper Airplanes

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

Recently my kids have been asking for paper airplanes.  I found a couple of cool pins on Pinterest here and here.  We’ve mostly been using these pins, but I saw this pin with straws and paper, showed it to the kids and they wanted to try it.  I suggested a paper airplane race and the kids were on board!

Let’s be honest, they have tried to make their own paper airplanes, but they get frustrated and end up asking me to make them instead.  They either ask for the pointy one or the flat nosed one.  This day was no different, so all the lined paper airplanes you see are made by yours truly.  My plan is to eventually get them to fold them on their own, but we’re not there yet :-)

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 I decided I’d be a little more precise with measuring today, so I took out the measuring tape.  This led to a little bit of a conflict between the kiddos because they both love measuring tape.  So while I’m trying to cut even pieces, they’re arguing about who can hold the measuring tape.  Eventually my daughter wanted to start taping her straw airplane together, so the fight was forgotten.  We started putting together all of our planes.  

 

Here is my first attempt, which doesn’t look quite right.  

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Then I changed how I taped it, and it looks better.

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Here are all of our paper straw airplanes.

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And here are all of our airplanes ready for a race outside!

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When we got outside, it was definitely more windy than I realized.  We tried racing them on the ground, and they didn’t go very far.  We also tried from the deck, also not as successful as I was hoping.  The pointy airplane fared the best.  While the airplanes didn’t go very far, we did have a good time and it kept us occupied for a good chunk of time.  But then, true to form, my children wandered away and started playing with other things.  And that’s how Pinterest works in my life.  

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Have you ever made paper airplanes?  How did it go?