Helicopter Twirl

Learners cut and fold a paper helicopter from the template in this PDF. They practice twirling the helicopter and observe what happens as they modify their tries. The modifications can include different twirling motions, amounts of weight (paper clips) attached, and number of blades that rotate in the air as the helicopter drops.

Materials List:

  • Scissors

  • Paper clip

  • Activity printout for helicopter blades

Preparation Time: 5 - 10 minutes

Activity Time: 10 - 30 minutes




  • Physics
  • Forces & Motion
  • Technology
  • Engineering

Grade Level:

  • PreK-9

Activity Type:

  • Model