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Paper Airplane Experiment

Below you will find 4 different designs of common paper airplanes. The goal of this experiment is to test which design is the best for long-distance flight.

A few of the designs have some added features that can be added to all planes such as square folded noses and wing spoilers. Feel free to mix in those features as you wish!

After you fold all 4 planes, take them to a long clear hallway and test out throwing each one.

Make sure to keep track of each plane’s distance so that you can design which design is best for a long-distance flight.

Items Needed:

  • 4 individual pieces of paper – (8.5 x 11 inch)​ 
  • Tape (Optional) 

Tissue Paper Snail Craft


  • Tissue Paper (cut into 1 ½ inch squares)
  • White Glue
  • Pencil
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Wiggly Eyes
  • 1 Pipe Cleaner
  • Snail Printable


After gathering supplies, invite kids to color the snail’s body. We chose to use a grey marker, but any bright color would be a great choice.

Next, cut out the snail’s body and shell with scissors. Tape or glue the snail’s shell to the top of the body.

Glue 2 wiggly eyes to the snail’s face, then draw a smile on the snail’s face with a black marker.

Press a piece of tissue paper around the eraser end of a pencil, squeeze a drop of glue on top of it, then press it to the snail’s shell.

If you are making this craft with a large group of kids who are sharing supplies, pour glue onto paper plates so they can simply dip their tissue paper into the glue instead. Repeat until entire circle is covered.

Paint with Ice!

If you’re looking for a fun summer activity that will cool your kids you have to try painting with ice!

What you need:

  • 1 cup of water
  • Red, yellow, green, and blue food coloring
  • Short Popsicle sticks
  • Ice cube tray

Follow these 10 Easy Step!

Pour your water into your ice cube tray evenly

Add just a tiny drop of red food coloring to four different cubes and mix well

Add just a tiny drop of yellow food coloring to four different cubes in mix well

And just a tiny drop of blue food coloring to four different cubes and mix well

Then add a tiny drop of green food coloring to four cubes and mix well

Place a short popsicle stick into beach ice cube mold

Freeze for about 4 to 6 hours or overnight

Pull on the sticks to remove from the tray

Lay old newspaper down on the table before you paint

Hold the wooden sticks to paint with


And the fun can begin! These run supper smoothly on the paper and the colors are great (kind of water colory). This ice painting activity will be a hit over the summer (perfect if you’re throwing a summer party).

How to Make a Whirlygig!

What You Will Need: 

• String
• A scrap of heavy recycled cardboard
• Glue stick
• Scissors
• Kitchen skewer
whirligig pattern template

How To Put It Together:

  1. Look at pattern template and choose which two patterns you’d like to use best.
  2. Glue one piece onto your recycled cardboard scrap, cut around it with the scissors, and then glue the second pattern onto the reverse.
  3. Poke two small holes in the whirligig with the kitchen skewer and thread the string through, tying in a knot once done.
  4. That’s all! Now just twirl and whirl.

Calming Find-It Bottle Craft

Items needed:

  • 1 empty water bottle
  • 1 cup of either
    • Rice
    • Bird Seed
    • Colored Beads
  • 1 Black Bead
  • 1 Yellow Bead
  • 6 Animal erasers
  • Optional: any small items you have lying around, some examples are:
    • Paper Clip
    • Pen cap
    • Paper fastener
    • Eraser
    • Rock
    • Sun flower seed


  1. Start by removing the water bottle label and emptying the water. Make sure to save the cap.
    1. Conservation Tip: House plants can always use the extra water.
  2. Collect all the little “nick nacks” and items you would like to hide in the bottle.
  3. Measure out 1 cup of rice/bird seed/or colored beads.
  4. Using a funnel or rolled piece of paper, pour half of the rice into the bottle.
  5. Add all the items into the bottle.
  6. Pour in the remaining rice.
  7. Cap the water bottle.
  8. Shake and begin your Search!

Searching Tip:

  • Rolling the bottle on the side slowly will allow the items to over around easier.