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Fun Family Summer Activities

Updated on June 16, 2011

Summer Fun Time...Flying

Summertime can be an awesome time for parents and kids to connect. Kids are usually out of school and many parents like to save their vacation time so they can use it during the summer to be with their kids.

So what do you do with your time together? The obvious reading, movies, board games and pool time comes to mind, but what if you sprinkled in a few fun kitchen science activities? That could make the time together even better!

Here are a few science activities that can be done inside or outside, have readily available materials (you probably have most of them around the house) that are inexpensive, and even though you may make a mess, they are lots of FUN!!

Time to Fly

Paper Airplanes are the easiest activity to do. Making a paper airplane takes just a few folds of most any kind of paper and you are ready to fly!

Using plain typing paper is quick and easy...check out the steps below for making a paper airplane. Once the paper airplane is made you can adjust how it flies by making extra bends in the wing tips...up on both or down on both, up on one and down on the other...make the bends subtle...a little bend goes a long way. Many variations are possible including decorating the paper before it is folded so you can tell your planes apart.

Then get those planes in the air!! There is no limit to the number of ways you can challenge each other:

farthest throw

longest throw (time of glide)

fanciest path (flips, rolls, loops)

Try making your airplanes out of construction paper or newspaper. Try making the airplanes very big or very small. What would happen if you made an airplane out of wax paper or aluminum foil?

one way to fold a paper airplane

Another Way to Fly

Roto-Copters are easy to make from paper just like paper airplanes. They can be made out of a variety of paper types and you can make them almost any size you like.

The motion of the Roto-Copter is different, though, when you throw it so the challenges will be a bit different. This is the best kind of paper flyer to make if you only have a small place to fly it and you can't get outside.

The spinning motion makes the Roto-copter spin and fly like a helicopter. Lots of fun.

The instructions are below.

The Hoopster (the what?)

This last "flyer" is a bit odd looking...and it seems like it would not get airborne very easily, but it does.

The Hoopster is sort of like the bumble one told it that it couldn't fly so it does. The instructions below are for a standard Hoopster, but like the other flyers I have described you can play around with the materials and sizes.

Just Keep Flying...Just Keep Flying...

All of these flyers make for hours of fun together this summer. If you are so inclined you can even talk to your kids about the forces acting on the paper airplane, roto-copter and hoopster like lift and drag, weight and resistance...

Coming chemistry activities!


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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Cute, cute, cute idea! Voted up.