How To Build a Glider

One of the many pastimes you can do with your kid is building a toy glider that he can enjoy on a normal windy afternoon. Building a glider is easy--it requires very simple materials and is very much an enjoyable bonding time with the kids. So take some time off from your stressful work and sit down with your child to make a simple glider that you two can enjoy playing with in your yard or at the park near your home.

  1. Gather your materials. To build your improvised glider, you'll need a fast food Styrofoam container (which usually contains your chicken or burger); scotch tape; markers; paper; paper clips; pen; and a very sharp knife or blade (if you're a kid make sure to get parental or adult supervision when using a knife). As you may have noticed, these are everyday materials that you can buy from a store or get from your closet.
  2. Create a template. Before proceeding with creating your glider, make a template of the figure itself by drawing a glider figure on a piece of paper. You can look through other glider designs online, but what you create is totally dependent on how you would like your glider to turn out. Just make sure it has enough wingspan, and incorporate the nose and the tail nicely.
  3. Clean the Styrofoam. It is hard to design and cut the Styrofoam container when it is dirty. Clean the container first with water and dry it with a towel to make sure that all necessary adjustments you'll be making to it will stick.
  4. Tape the template onto the container. After cleaning the container, tape the template you made onto it. Make sure your template design fits the container. After taping, trace the template onto the container with a marker.
  5. Give the tail a "V" bend. Once your design is ready, it is time to cut it with scissors or a blade. Make sure you have a very sharp blade, because a blunt knife will only cause the Styrofoam to splinter, giving you an uneven glider shape. After cutting, give the tail a "V" bend so that it is stretched out at a certain angle.
  6. Put some paper clips on the nose. Place some paper clips down at the nose part of the glider to produce a little bit of weight at the front part, ensuring a little bit more friction with the air and producing a gliding effect.
  7. Add decorations. Of course, after you've had your glider functioning to your liking, you can add decorations and colors to every part of the glider to make it look a bit more presentable.

If you're ready to advance to a more complicated model, use a bigger template and a sturdier, larger material such as a carton box or corrugated cardboard. The same processes and principles apply. You just have to multiply your measurements by two or three.


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