How to make a paper helicopter – that FLIES!

Learn how to make a paper helicopter that flies! This DIY rubber band helicopter tutorial shows you step by step how to construct a paper helicopter using simple, inexpensive materials. Your kids will love creating this craft & watching it fly! This post is sponsored by Galileo but all opinions are my own.

how to make a paper helicopter that flies

summer is almost here and i BET you are on the lookout for fun, easy, projects to keep your kiddos busy, learning, and creative! here is an easy idea so that when your kids inevitably come to you with ‘i’m bored’ you are armed with a fun project for them – a DIY rubber band paper helicopter!

the directions can be printed HERE from the Galileo camp website (i will explain the steps in the photos below but i recommend downloading the PDF instructions from there to use as your guide). Galileo camps in the San Fran and LA area are amazing – i mean come on… where were these camps when i was a kid??? weekly themes include digital photography, fashion design, inventors workshop, go kart builders, video game design, 3D modeling and printing, and chefology just to name a few. i wonder if they would notice if i just signed myself up with my kiddos lol.

How to make a paper helicopter that flies

TO MAKE: 

fit the propeller (see sourced to purchase here) to the small craft stick. bend up the middle of the paperclip and attach it to the opposite end of the craft stick with tape. use card stock to draw, cut out, and design a helicopter (you can also make a butterfly) . tape the paper helicopter  to the craft stick. stretch the rubber band between the paper clip and the propeller. to fly your paper helicopter, hold the base of the craft stick with one hand and twist the propeller with the other. the tension will build up until the rubber band doubles up on itself as it twists. release the propeller and a half second later release your hand from the craft stick and watch it fly!!! 

again, more specific instructions can be downloaded HERE on the Galileo camp website. they have tons of fun and innovative ideas on the site. if you have not heard of Galileo, imagine a summer camp your kids will LOVE. where they find themselves engrossed in art projects, science challenges and outdoor activities that make them laugh, think and express themselves with complete freedom. that’s the kind of camp Galileo is. the curriculum team spends thousands of hours developing themes, activities and majors. kids will explore the melodious world of music or take an innovation-filled journey to the City by the Bay, flex their maker muscle and embark on an epic Everest adventure! there are  over 40 Bay Area locations, and 4 NEW Los Angeles locations, optional extended care and healthy lunch. Galileo Camps offer three options:

• Camp Galileo (Pre-K to 5th Grade)
• Summer Quest (5th to 8th Grade)
• Summer Camps @ The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose (4th to 8th graders)

*NEW LA FAMILIES SAVE $50*
SAVE $50 when you sign up for Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest at one of our Los Angeles locations. Enter promotional code 2015GALILEOCAMPSLA. Limited to one use per family. Not valid in combination with additional offers or for previous purchases. Offer valid through 5/31.

*NEW SF FAMILIES SAVE $30*
SAVE $30 when you sign up for Camp Galileo, Galileo Summer Quest or Summer Camps @ The Tech. Enter promotional code 2015GALILEOCAMPSF. Limited to one use per family. Not valid in combination with additional offers or for previous purchases. Offer valid through 5/31.

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