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How to Make an Easy Paper Airplane Arrow-Hoop Target Game

Updated on May 11, 2013

Paper Airplane Game on a Budget - A Toy that Grandpa used to Make

In these days of high tech gadget toys, nothing beats the simple, old-fashioned toys that many of us used to make when we were children.

This game, taught to me by my Grandfather, is quick and easy to make and can ensure hours of enjoyment. You don't need to keep the same planes either. If you don't win, make more planes. Keep them in piles and remember which ones are the best!

This paper airplane game can be played outside or inside, depending on the weather. The colorful paper makes the game more fun. You can also decorate your planes or write captions on them. Use your imagination.

Ask your friends to play with you and enjoy some friendly competition by keeping it fair! We used to play best of five throws but you can also do it with ten or more or even play, "first one through wins!"

Choose your favorite colors and remember; girls can play too and add their favorite colors.

I hope you have fun with these; I sure did when I was a kid!

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Paper Airplane Hoop Game
Paper Airplane Hoop Game
Coat Hanger
Coat Hanger

What is an "Arrow-Hoop?"

I bet that you thought you would get away with not learning anything today didn't you? Well, you were incorrect!

Why didn't I just call it a "clothes hanger" or "coat hanger" instead of an "arrow-hoop?"

Those metal wire things that you hang your clothes on were originally called "arrow-hoops."

President Thomas Jefferson is known to have probably invented the wooden hanger but the metal wire hanger, was invented right after the end of the Civil War in 1869. It was created as an inexpensive substitute for wood and it's purpose was to keep the shoulders of a garment in the same position that they would rest when the garment was being worn.

The original design was called the "coat hook" or "coat hoop" although because of it's wire arrow shape, the term "arrow-hoop" was coined. This term was used up until the 1930s, when the term "clothes hanger" was substituted.

Prior to the changing of the name, the arrow-hoop target game was invented. There is no reference to who invented it. It was played along the same premise as basketball and a "score" was the paper airplane passing through the arrrow-hoop.

I hope you enjoyed this little history lesson; now go play!

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Everything you will need to Make the Arrrow-Hoop Paper Airplane Game

Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb / 89 gsm, “Happy” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets
Astrobrights Color Paper, 8.5” x 11”, 24 lb / 89 gsm, “Happy” 5-Color Assortment, 500 Sheets

Make your airplanes with this colorful assortment of Astrobright paper.

A color for every taste and style!

 
Melissa & Doug Multi-Color Construction Paper, 9-Inch x 12-Inch
Melissa & Doug Multi-Color Construction Paper, 9-Inch x 12-Inch

If you prefer, you can make your airplanes out of construction paper.

Buying this pack will ensure that you will have paper left over for other crafty projects

 
100 Wire Hangers 18" Standard White Clothes Hangers
100 Wire Hangers 18" Standard White Clothes Hangers

Wire hangers work best for the target but you can also use other hangers.

Wire hangers can be bent open and allow for larger targets for younger children.

 

Instructions to make the Paper Airplane Arrow-Hoop Game

  1. Find your paper quickly or I am going to win!
  2. Fold the paper into airplanes by using the diagrams below - Make more than one so you don't have to chase them down as often to throw again!
  3. Bend your arrow-hoop target (wire clothes hanger) into whatever size or shape you like - The smaller the coat hanger ring, the more difficult it is to get an airplane through it.
  4. Hang your target and fire away!

Arrow Hoop Paper Airplane Game Instructions
Arrow Hoop Paper Airplane Game Instructions

Last Step - Hang the Arrow-Hoop Target and Fire Away!

Arrow Hoop Target
Arrow Hoop Target

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Play Arrow-Hoop and then come back Inside and End the Day by Blowing Bubbles - Any comments would be appreciated!

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      nathan 2 years ago

      can u put it in words

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I made a whole lot of airplanes growing up because we had an unending supply of paper where my Dad got reams free for the taking...we made up games but arrow-hoop is new to me, someone had a great idea there for a little challenging fun for sure! :)