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Paper flyer

International Migratory Bird Day is celebrated on the second Saturday of May.  Celebrate with a paper craft that flies!

Time: 10-20 minutes


  • Old flyers, newspaper or scrap paper

Optional supplies

  • String
  • Scissors
  • Markers or crayons
  • Tape


Step one

Watch the birds in your backyard, neighbourhood or nearby green space. What patterns and colours do you notice on the birds? Learn one thing about birds by observing, asking someone, or looking it up.

Step two

Make a paper airplane, origami bird or decorated kite. Try making up your own instructions. Experiment and be creative!

Step three

Take your paper flyer outside to see how it flies. Try tossing it like a paper airplane, making a zipline using string (tie one end up high and the other down low) or think of your own way to make it fly.