Today we’re excited to share how to make a sailing glider using tissue paper. This is a fun way to build a project together with the kids and explore airfoil and Bernoulli’s Principle. Using just a few materials, you can easily construct this glider and watch it sail!
Bernoulli’s Principle for Kids
What is a Delta Wing Airfoil?
How to make an easy glider:
8 sturdy straws
(dollar store straws are a bit to flimsy and will allow your glider to bend when it crash lands.)
To make the frame of your glider, roll the end of one straw and insert it into the end of another straw. Connect three straws this way to make two long sections of straws. Attach these two long sections and bend them into a sharp point. Add tape to support the angle. This will be the point of the glider. Connect two straws in the same manner. Attach the ends to the long straw sections and tape into angles. Add tape to the connecting points of the straws.
Next, cover the frame with tissue paper. We covered both sides of the frame and used tow pieces of tissue paper, but you could cover just one side. Use tape to secure the paper. (You may need more tissue paper depending on the size of your sheets of tissue paper.)