| Almost Instant
A toy from Israel.
This little paper toy takes seconds to make and had instant child-appeal.
For children with a visual impairment it can be useful as yet another
way of helping them to track vertically.
- Turn the paper lengthways. About one third of the way along
one edge tear in one third of the way. (I tell children to put
their thumbs together and pinch. This helps them to tear carefully
and control the length of the tear.) Fold in the long edge and
- On the other edge, tear in one third of the way, towards the
first tear. Fold in the long edge and crease. Your helicopter
now looks like a square lollipop on a stalk.
- Turn up the bottom of the stalk, about l cm and crease firmly.
Add a paper clip if you like.
- To make the rotor blades, carefully tear down from the centre
of the top of the lollipop to the stalk.
- Bend one blade towards you and the other away. To give them
a slight kink as in the illustration, put your thumb underneath
one and with two fingers on top, gently squeeze. Repeat for the
other rotor blade.
- Now for the maiden flight! Hold the helicopter up as high as
you can. DO NOT THROW, but just let go - and watch it spiral its
way towards the floor, like a sycamore or ash seed.
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