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Modern Toys that Fly for Less than $10

Updated on June 22, 2012
Flying has always captured our interest when we were kids
Flying has always captured our interest when we were kids | Source

Today, most modern toys that fly are combinations or modifications of the flying toys that we used to play with when we were kids. These modern toys enhance playing either because they are two toys merged into one or because they have been improved to provide us with new ways of playing with them.

Because these toys sell for less than ten dollars, these toys are great for children who quickly lose interest in new toys. But then again, maybe your kid will like it more than the other toys he already has. There are grownups who are still fond of these toys until now. There are even adults who became known for setting world records by playing them.

They are also good additions to the variety of toys our children have. And, because they fly, these toys are ideal instruments for explaining the concepts about flight.

There is also a list of classic toys that fly too! Some of these classic toys became the basis of modern toys. Here’s a link:

1. Arrow Copters

An Arrow Copter is a combination of a sling shot, a toy dragonfly and parachute. The sling shot is first used to launch an arrow into the air and then, during flight, a propeller spreads and spins as it allows air to pass through. The propeller functions like that of a toy parachute, gently assisting the arrow as it falls back to the ground.

Arrow copters are fun to play with if picking up things that you shot in the air doesn't bother you. There are versions of these that have LED lights attached to them, which make them more fun to use at night. However, be careful when playing with these toys because you might hit yourself or others.

2. Ripcord Helicopters

Ripcord helicopters make use of ripcords to spin the propellers of mini-helicopters or discs. Like toy dragonflies, the mini helicopters fly when their propellers spin because the blades cut through the air, pushing air downwards, and eventually providing lift off.

Three year old kids will not probably be able to make the mini-helicopters fly (recommended age is 6 years old) but they can still enjoy them if the adults will be the ones pulling on the ripcords. Kids will have fun chasing these mini-copters around. These toys can be played indoors and outdoors too!

3. Gyro Toss

The Gyro Toss or Air Rider is designed after a paper airplane known as “the ring.” These toys fly long distances by gliding through the air as well as making use of the boundary layer effect by rotating. The actual physics involved in making these toys fly, however, are yet to be explained.

These toys are thrown with the ring facing forward and at the same time giving them a spin, much like throwing a football. Because of this, they make good football training devices. They are more suitable for playing in large open fields because there have been recorded flights reaching lengths the size of a football field. With little practice, these toys will definitely add distance to the way you play catch and throw.

4. Fly Back Toys

The mini-indoor helicopter makes use of the wings of the boomerang to make it fly. The boomerang type propeller attached to this toy enables it to take a circular flight path and come back to you. A little helicopter that acts as a handle makes throwing this toy much easier.

The mini-indoor helicopter needs only a little space to enjoy. Kids will have fun trying to catch them in mid-flight and parents can show off by making them fly back as if by magic. This toy is also fun to play with under the sun.

5. Balloon Copters

Balloon copters use the air coming out of the balloon and propellers to make them fly. They are different from rocket balloons because rocket balloons go to the direction opposite the nozzle. These fly where the balloon nozzle is pointed at.

Balloon copters use the air coming out of the balloon to rotate the propeller. The propeller, in turn, makes the balloon fly upwards like helicopters.

This toy is a good demonstration tool for teaching kids about the mechanics of flight. Watch them fly straight up and then drop back down when the air runs out. They are good for catch and fly.

6. Parafoil Kites

The Skyfoil Frameless Kite is an improvement of the common kite. Its design uses air columns in place of frames to give the kite its shape and to double the kite’s capacity to pick up wind. The columns and the kite being lightweight make it easy to fly even at low wind speeds.

Talking about frameless, the Skyfoil Frameless Kite is easy to store too. Just fold like a shirt and you can bring it anywhere. You can stuff it in your suitcase for a bring along kite during vacations.

7. Aerobie Pro Flying Rings

The Aerobie Pro Flying Ring is an improvement of the flying discs or what we commonly call as Frisbees. The revolutionary design made it more lightweight and enabled it to fly further. It holds the Guinness World Record for being thrown the farthest at 1,333 feet.


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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      Hi sweetie1!

      Yes, I take my time before publishing a hub because I want the readers to enjoy it too. Sometimes, it takes a day or two just to revise it. But it's worth it.

      Thanks for the comment! :)

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi itops, very interesting hub. These are wonderful toys at reasonable cost. It must have took lots of effort to write this hub. Keep it up.

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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      @Seeker7: Talking about boys, they are harder to impress as well. But I'm sure there are a lot of things they have yet to discover and are interested at. Thanks for the comment! :)

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      Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very interesting hub. I've been looking for some stocking fillers for my two newphews - it seems to me that boys are much more difficult than girls to buy presents for! Anyway, I have been looking for something a bit different for them so this hub has given me some really great ideas and as you say the prices are also very reasonable. Many thanks for sharing!

      Great hub + voted up!