Developing an Early Love of Science One Experiment at a Time

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With cold and rainy weather upon us it’s essential to have some go-to rainy day activities for inside play and learning! This Spring we did an outdoor engineering challenge with paper airplanes where we tested how different kinds of airplanes flew. The kids had such a blast creating and testing their airplanes that we brought this activity inside for a paper fliers engineering challenge.

Keep your kids engaged during indoor days with a paper fliers engineering challenge. The sky is the limit as they cut and create unique paper fliers.

Paper Fliers Engineering Challenge


Box Fan

Cone Water Cups – These are so useful for a variety of crafts and activities! It’s great to have a bunch on hand. Scissors Something to prop the fan on like thick books, blocks, or boxes


  • Place the box fan face up (so the air blows directly upward) with the books, blocks, or boxes supporting it on all four corners. It is essential that the fan is up off the ground a few inches so that it can pull air up into it.
  • Cut the cone water cups into any shape you wish! You can cut the edges, fold them up, cut off the tip, or do combination of all three.
Keep your kids engaged during indoor days with a paper fliers engineering challenge. The sky is the limit as they cut and create unique paper fliers.
  • Turn the fan on high and let your paper fliers go into the air stream.
  • Watch how it flies, make adjustments, and repeat!

We made paper fliers that flew high, some that spun in circles, and many that danced randomly in the air stream of the fan. There was no particular goal in mind, though that is certainly something you could add to your challenge. We just had fun cutting the paper cone cups in different ways and observing how they acted differently!

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  1. Emma @ P is for Preschooler November 16, 2015 at 12:13 pm - Reply

    These look like fun! They made a perfect boredom buster – pinning! Thanks for sharing at the Thoughtful Spot!

  2. Karen @ Raising Little Superheroes November 20, 2015 at 4:34 am - Reply

    My boys would love this activity! What a fun boredom buster! Thanks for sharing at the #Made4Kids Link Party!

  3. KIm November 22, 2015 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    What a fun indoor activity! #made4kids

  4. Sara November 22, 2015 at 8:21 pm - Reply

    Great idea! Thanks for linking up to Good Tips Tuesday! We’re featuring this in the next link-up.

    • Crystal November 23, 2015 at 2:44 pm - Reply

      Fantastic, thank you so much! I’ll be sure to stop by and share 🙂

  5. Ali Gilbert November 24, 2015 at 9:02 pm - Reply

    What a great idea! I love all of the fun activities you come up with! Thanks for sharing on Toddler Fun Friday!

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