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7 Reasons why D.I.Y (Do it Yourself) is best for your child’s development & creativity

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“Creativity is not about doing something better than others, it is about thinking, exploring, discovering, imagining.” – Mary Ann Kohl.

I’m sure you and your family have been as affected by the endless lock downs as the rest of the world and your kids have been forced to stay inside. It has been hard for everyone to try and stay productive, and especially keep the kids so. Everyone I know, including me, has taken up baking in the last several months at least once. Now sure, it keeps the adults busy, but what about the kids?

Children have less and less opportunities to play, except maybe on computers. Their schools have moved online and there is next to no creative development. Parents have had to constantly come up with clever ideas to keep them busy, meaning resorting to technology to keep their children engaged, and while technology is an important part of growing up in the 21st century, it should not hinder a child’s creative development. As schools focus more and more on digital learning, it’s important to keep nurturing children’s creative side. And what better way to do that than with DIY projects? They’re easy and fun and can be accomplished from the comfort of your homes. DIY stands for do-it-yourself and it largely means the kids keep themselves busy. It means learning while playing and using that skill development throughout their lives.

Here are 7 Reasons why D.I.Y (Do it Yourself) is best for your child’s development & creativity:

SELF-EXPRESSION

Kids have an endless imagination and they come up with new ideas all the time, because that’s how they learn about the workings of the world. They can put their unique ideas to work as DIY allows them creative self-expression. The most important thing for kids is communication and creating something on their own means they can do whatever they want. How many times have you tried to convince a kid to do something a particular way? They usually end up doing what they want, especially if it’s an art project. Let them do what they want and learn from it. Schools employ rote learning so children don’t necessarily retain information that way. Doing something on their own means practical application and they will preserve that knowledge forever.

COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

DIY promotes cognitive development, meaning they figure out how things work. Doing something by oneself means one learns problem solving. If something isn’t working like it’s supposed to, they learn how to look for the problem and then go about fixing it. DIY fosters creativity and endless innovation because there is something to be found for everyone. Kids learn how to be more patient and their concentration is improved. Waiting for the glue or paint to dry, for example, means they learn self-restraint.

MOTOR SKILLS

Hands-on learning means improving motor skills, hand-eye co-ordination and dexterity. By lifting and moving things around, little kids can learn how to control their fingers and hands. They cut, glue, paste, attach and paint, and it all helps improve their ability to use both hands. They have unlimited possibilities for choosing and selecting – what color can they use? What animal or food or shape can be drawn?

ACHIEVEMENT

Everyone is proud of their accomplishments, especially if something has been done from scratch. Figuring out what steps to follow on their own might prove to be a little tough for kids (parents or guardians can always help) but it’s ultimately worth it watching the sense of pride on the child’s face. It gives them a feeling of achievement and responsibility and it builds confidence. DIY activities also allow great exposure through hands-on learning. It means watching a concept come to life in real time.

COST EFFECTIVE

DIY means you save money. It’s usually very cost efficient for parents, which means loads of fun with less money spent on resources. Most people live on a budget and then having children means you’re constantly looking for fun activities that don’t cost a lot. DIY is as much for the parents as the kids as it gives them an opportunity to bond, which might sometimes be difficult to come by because of a busy life schedule.

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When you think DIY you might think arts and crafts, but it can be so much more. And the best thing is its age-no-bar because kids of all ages can participate. Ranging from the simple to complex, kids and grown-ups alike can have fun creating and inventing.

ENGAGES HYPERACTIVE KIDS

Art expresses emotion. It’s a wonderful way to keep kids absorbed. Hyperactivity means your child can’t sit still and has boundless energy that needs to be utilized. DIY projects – art, robotics, coding and a lot others– can not only keep them occupied but they learn something while they’re at it. It allows them emotional expression and is good for building communication skills. Ask them about their project and they will talk you through it, learning to articulate themselves.

We encourage DIY at Be Cre8v. Our toy kits are based on the concepts of STEM and STEAM, meaning kids learn science, technology, engineering, art and maths while enjoying themselves to the fullest. So if you’re thinking of allowing your child to play another game on your phone or laptop, or allowing more exposure to technology through any number of devices available, look up a DIY project that is not only fun but allows for so much learning! They’re easy and fun and endlessly creative.

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Halloween online party for kids

Best Online or at home Halloween Party for children

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Is it me or you can already feel the festive vibe in air with festivals Dushera, Diwali, Halloween & Christmas around the corner. Only this time I feel it may end up being locked down at home. Its a crazy feeling, even a thought of isolation around festivities is troubling me. We can still cope up but what about kids? Our children go to these cool Halloween parties every year, dressing up like little ghosts & witches. What is going to happen this year?

At Be Cre8v, Every year we host crazy cool parties at various locations all over India on Halloween. We make the best of our knowledge & creativity to bring an absolutely new & epic party every year filled with Fun & scary installations, stem activities & games for children, Trust me these are so much fun that even while I write this blog, I am smiling thinking about scary fun we all have every year with 100’s of kids who join us in these parties. This year its all going to be at home so I have a plan for all of you to still make halloween a cool party.

I have been thinking about it, So I thought of making this year as innovative as possible for my children & making them learn to have fun even when the going gets hard. Lets make it awesome, you can host your own online Halloween party or use this for an in-house halloween bash.

 

Halloween Light & Shadow Storytelling show

The best part about Halloween is having fun & getting little scared :). What about your own story telling show with a child-friendly original story & theater that too with lights shadows, theater,  sound & puppets.. Its super fun. Check this Be Cre8v Halloween Shadow Art Story telling kit, we made this kit to enable children, adults, teachers & whosoever wanting to have fun telling stories. It has everything thats needed (psst. even batteries are included 🙂 )Enjoy the story session with family or with friends online.Price Rs.699/  Link | Buy on Amazon.in 

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STEM Based Fun Zombie Crawling Prank Robotics Kit

For all your little pranksters, this may be the most fun toy ever. A Zombie Crawler, Its super fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) toy for your little one. Children love to make electronic diy projects & here Be Cre8v has something that they will even love more. A fun scary crawling zombie robot. You could order its kit & have the child make it, play with it or even play prank on others :), I have tried it myself, its suuuper fun.

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Halloween special Flippy Car with Dementor Creativity pack

Cars are so much fun, They are forever best toys. Kids absolutely love cars, with this Be Cre8v DIY kit children can make there very own Flipping stunt car. But why am I talking about a flipping car in Halloween post? Well, this one has a super-cool Halloween Edition. It has this amazing Halloween Creativity pack that connects a dementor like figure on top of the car, this is super fun for kids of age 6 & above. If you are looking for toys for 6 year olds, these are the ones to buy!

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The above would ensure party like fun for your child. You can host a show that your child can present online for family & friends or get him/her to make a DIY electronic toy like zombie crawler or Flippy Dementor car to make your child feel special. Not only that these toys are filled with education & learning. Not only they engage children, they prove to be very useful in developing a child cognitively.

Let me know in comments what are your plans for this Halloween. 🙂 Hope this article is helpful. Stay healthy & a very Happy Halloween to all!

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Learn Coding at Home for kids (FREE)

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Learn Coding at home for kids FREE, Yes world-class programs at zero cost. Coding is considered one of the most important 21st-century skills.  Because with coding children learn to interact with computers & digital devices. No wonder the world is talking about this essential skill. From Bill Gates to President Obama every one has emphasized the importance of educating coding to kids at a very early age.

So at Be Cre8v, We feel Coding makes a child calculative & unlike abacus which develops only the speed of calculation, Coding encourages mathematical thinking. We have products & programs based on coding &  creative computing. Even our Little Hero Robot works with GUI based Scratch-like program.

So today, we are sharing a list of links that offer absolutely free & best resources to learn coding  at home for kids. Children can learn about coding at home. The best part about these resources is that they are thoroughly child friendly, in fact, made for children. Its time to start coding.

  • 1. Scratch IDEAS (Age 7+) – GUI based simple & playful coding for kids. LINK

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Learn to code games, stories, make animations, music and what not! Ever heard that the best knowledge of the world is available free on the internet. Well, Visit this amazing resource page to learn to code and find out. It is absolutely free & world-class. Even the child doesn’t need to download the application. It’s all online & thoroughly child friendly. Scratch has an amazing community with millions of children uploading projects online.

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  • 2. Hour of Code (Age 5+) : code.org’s massive library of game-based coding activities for kids. LINK


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100+ Engaging Coding games & free content for kids

Be Cre8v is an official international partner of Hour of Code by Code.org. So we conduct these events every year to encourage not only children but everyone to join us for 1 hour of coding absolutely free.

Enormous database of activities & games based on coding. From Disney’s Moana to Frozen, From Starwars to Microsoft’s Minecraft. This has over 100+ activities for children on coding & to top it all, Are you ready? Its all absolutely FREE. So for people who want to spend money on getting an online program on coding for kids. Before you take them anywhere, This is the best place to get your child to get introduced to the fun world of coding. Because its all GUI based, game-based approach, it doesn’t dent the child. I have seen many times that a child would never like to code in his/her life just because of the bad experience the child had initially. So unlike other programs, coding for kids needs child-friendliness.

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  • 3. Google CS First: Free activity-based computer science (coding) curriculum by Google. (LINK)

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Come on its Google! Wait Google offers a free resource for children to learn to code? Yes & its amazing. Plus it offers a chapter-wise curriculum that takes the child through various activities. Each section is lead by a Video that has an instructor & its colorful & made for children.

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  • 4. Udemy: Free & very nominal priced (Rs.400/-) online programs on coding for kids  (LINK 1) (LINK 2)

Udemy is a great website, its one the few websites in the world that offer world-class education at extremely nominal prices. Infact the program I posted above is free on Udemy & it has a rating of 4.7 Stars with more than 1000+ ratings, Infact the program has been attended by more than 32000 people. Impressive isnt it. So incase you are looking for a more structured program thats instructor led. Then Udemy is a great place to learn.

Incase you can spend Just Rs.420/- Your child can get certified too. Its crazy cool & its all available. In this time when children are spending most time indoors. Its great to have something that’s constructive & available on demand.

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Explore Be Cre8v Robo-Coders Program, Its an amazing product based program that encourages children to learn robotics & coding. Check out Little Hero Robot by Be Cre8v, An Arduino based wireless programmable robotics platform.

Fun learning activity at home for kids. Make a Parachute. DIY activity at home

Make Parachute DIY activity for kids

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Introduction

Let’s make a super cool fun learning science activity at home, a DIY parachute. It is my favorite project to make at home but also because it is so much fun to play with.

Who doesn’t like making cool science projects at home or doing simple science experiments at home? As I child I liked making such projects. I used to open my old toys, in fact sometimes new toys 🙂 Just to find out how they work.

So today we will make a science project that doesn’t require you to open your toys. You can make this one with simple things commonly available at home. This is the best & most effective design we did for a parachute. And this activity can be done by children of age group 5 years & above.

What is Parachute?

A parachute is a device used to slow down an object or person when falling from the sky or moving at high speed so it can save us from the damage by helping us slow down. Parachutes are used by Army, skydivers, even space loads & even high-speed planes to slow down. Here are uses of parachutes:

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  • Adventure sports – Paragliding, Parasailing, Sky diving, etc
  • Army & Defence forces – Paratroops
  • Slowing Down & Braking – Spaceshuttles & other high-speed planes.

Story of the Invention
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Master designer & artist Leonardo Da Vinci has ideas for a parachute-like device in his writings. But the first parachute was made by Louis-Sebastien of France. He also tested the design by taking a jump from a tree in the Year 1783 but André-Jacques Garnerin was the first to design and test parachutes capable of slowing a man’s fall from a high altitude

How it works

A Parachute is a device that helps us to slow down our speed and it can save us when we are falling towards the ground. It uses Air Resistance to slow down the effect of gravity.


Let’s make this fun learning activity at home

We will make a fun learning activity at home, Lets make a parachute & even add a small character to it, So Let’s start with the material required for this project:

  • A big polybag or a dustbin/garbage bag
  • Thick thread
  • Double-Sided Tapes
  • old bottle caps
  • Tape
  • Decoration is optional
  • Scissors

Step 1: Cut the plastic bag

For making this science project, you will need to cut a square-shaped plastic so for this step you can take your parents or an adult’s help to cut the plastic bag if needed. You can also use an old plastic bag & even a garbage bag will work.

Additional Note: We suggest you use an old plastic bag & not a new one as it will help the environment.

Step 2: Make the character

Take any two bottle caps (explore our bottle art kit), you can also use Coldrink plastic caps. Use glue or double-sided tape to paste them together on opposing ends. Use colored paper, googly eyes or markers to color & customize your Character.

Step 3: Attach thread to the plastic sheet

Its time we take 4 equal-sized thick thread pieces, Roughly 10-12 inches in length. Now use plastic tape to paste the one thread at each end of the plastic sheet.

Step 4: Connect thread with the character

Hold all the thread ends together & paste them on the character. You can also use an adult’s help to put a screw or a holder on the bottle cap character to tie these threads. In case you cannot, you can simply tape the threads together on top of the character’s head.

Step 5: Throw your parachute

As the parachutes threads can get tangled. So its important to learn how to throw the parachute. You can simply fold the plastic & carefully hold the threads together before throwing parachute upwards.

And your parachute project is done. Its time for endless fun!

So I hope you like making the parachute. We will be back with more projects for you. Don’t forget to check our amazing range of DIY activity kits for children Robotics, Electronics, Science, Junk jugaad, art & design for children over 5 years.
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5 REASONS WHY S.T.E.A.M EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD

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What is S.T.E.A.M?

The STEAM education movement advocates moving away from segmented content areas, emphasizing technology to connect the subjects, and relating teaching to the outside world. STEAM impresses 21st-century skills acquisition so that students gain proficiency in collaboration, questioning, problem-solving, and critical thinking. This led to rapid expansion and segmentation of rigorous math and science courses, taught in largely the same way they’ve always been taught. The result? Saturating students with STEAM classes without accounting for engagement or interest has led to some stagnant gains in recent years.

STEAM include science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics in which science and technology is a systematic enterprise that builds and organize knowledge in the form of explanation and prediction engineering is the application of knowledge typically in the form of empirical evidence. Art is a diverse range of human activities in creating visual, auditory or performing artifacts (artworks), expressing the author’s imaginative, conceptual data, or technical skill, intended to be appreciated for their beauty or emotional power and mathematics include structure, order, and relation that has evolved from elemental practices of counting, measuring, and describing the shapes of objects.

5 REASONS WHY S.T.E.A.M EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD

1. Development

STEAM education creates critical thinkers, increases science literacy, and enables the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to new products and processes that sustain our economy. This innovation and science literacy depends on a solid knowledge base in the STEM areas.

2. Future

It is clear that most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science. Despite these compelling facts, mathematics and science scores on average among students are lagging behind other developing countries

3. Creativity

Education about the arts makes the children more creative which bind the thinking of your child in a divergent manner.

4. Innovative

it makes your children different by forming their own interest which leads to innovation.

5. Focus

This helps children to be more focused on the different subjects likes science and mathematics leading to there academic development.

Why S.T.E.A.M?

In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM to levels much beyond what was considered acceptable in the past

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5 REASONS WHY CREATIVITY IS IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN

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What is creativity?

Creativity is defined as the tendency to generate or recognize ideas, alternatives, or possibilities that may be useful in solving problems, communicating with others, and entertaining ourselves and others. Do you ever realize that creativity is a type of rational thought which offers multiple solutions to a problem for your child? In the era of modernization creativity seems to be a key to development and parents can nurture creativity in a child by valuing it at home, encouraging, self-expression and rewarding creative behavior.

Importance of creativity

Creativity develops many skills in a child, like fluency- which gives the ability to produce many ideas, originality-  which makes the unique and one of a kind, flexibility- which enables children to think out of the box.

5 REASONS WHY CREATIVITY IS IMPORTANT FOR CHILDREN

1. Analytical Thinking –

Creative people have the ability to devise new ways to carry out tasks, solve problems, and meet challenges. They bring a fresh, and sometimes unorthodox, perspective to their work.

2. Open Minded –

Creative kids set aside any assumptions or biases they may have, and look at things in a completely new way. Kids look at the world differently, in a different light when they are creative.

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3. Problem Solving –

Children convert from a linear thinker to a divergent thinker offering multiple solutions or answer to problems which are a result of creative thinking and children feels more superior afters revolving their problems on their own.

4. Communication –

With the development of creativity, a child takes a step ahead in the area of communication because every time they want to explain the facts and the thought that indulge in their mind which makes them a superior communicator

5. Creativity in S.T.E.M-

It reflects science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. generally, children find these subjects to be boring but creativity adds a new way of thinking for them to make it interesting to learn.

How you help your children to be creative?

1. keep your children away from unnecessary digital screens like television and phone screens

2. Encourage your children on their small creative assignment like making a paper boat, drawing and other creative steps

3. Do some interesting activities with your children which make them do so further

4. Develop some skill in your child according to their taste like robotics, coding, arts or crafts

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5 DIY Projects Based On Aerodynamics

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Aerodynamics For Kids

Introduction

Aerodynamics is the way air moves around things. The rules of aerodynamics explain how an airplane is able to fly. Anything that moves through air reacts to aerodynamics. A rocket blasting off the launch pad and a kite in the sky react to aerodynamics. Aerodynamics even acts on cars, since air flows around cars.

For birds and other flying animals, the flapping motion of their wings creates both lift and thrust. If the wings of an airplane could flap they would also propel the airplane through the air and maintain lift, and an engine wouldn’t be needed. But it would be very difficult to design and build an airplane with flapping wings. It would be an extreme engineering challenge which is why airplanes are designed to keep the source of lift (the wings) and thrust (the engine) separate.

Aerodynamics For Kids

What Is Lift?

Lift is the push that lets something move up. It is the force that is the opposite of weight. Everything that flies must have lift. For an aircraft to move upward, it must have more lift than weight. A hot air balloon has lift because the hot air inside is lighter than the air around it. Hot air rises and carries the balloon with it. A helicopter’s lift comes from the rotor blades at the top of the helicopter. Their motion through the air moves the helicopter upward. Lift for an airplane comes from its wings.

What Is Thrust?

Thrust is the force that is the opposite of drag. Thrust is the push that moves something forward. For an aircraft to keep moving forward, it must have more thrust than drag. A small airplane might get its thrust from a propeller. A larger airplane might get its thrust from jet engines. A glider does not have thrust. It can only fly until the drag causes it to slow down and land.

Birds, airplanes, helicopters – basically, everything that flies is affected by the forces of aerodynamics. Aerodynamics is the study of how air moves around a solid object. The more aerodynamic a flying object is, the better it will fly.

Forces of Aerodynamics have four forces of aerodynamics:

1. Drag: a force that slows flying objects down.

2. Thrust: a force that pushes things upward

3. Weight: a force that pulls everything down.

4. Lift: the push that lets something move up.

Here are some cool experiments that fly due to forces of aerodynamics.

1. Glider

A paper-based experiment that glides. Simply, a glider is an unpowered airplane, a plane without an engine. Gliders are amazing and graceful machines and are about as close as humans can get to soaring like birds.

Materials needed:

* paper (hard)
* Paper Printer
* Scissors
* Colors

How to make:

Print this on A4 paper to make the glider. Cut the outline and put the wing inside. The wing if not folded will be good for gliding but if the wings are folded in such a way they are ideal to glide to more distance.

2. Parachute

Parachutes are a great way to learn about Weight and air resistance. They are also a great way to pass the time, especially once you begin to experiment with different weights and sizes. If you already know how to make a simple parachute, why not try a larger, more advanced one instead? Design one that can fall slowly to the ground before putting it to the test, making modifications as you go.

Materials needed:

* Paper Cup
* Big Polybag
* Thread
* Tapes
* Scissor
* something to poke a hole

How to make:

Poke 4 holes on the paper cup and tie equal lengths of thread to it. Cut a big rectangular piece from the polybag and paste the threads on each corner. Try to throw it from a certain height.

Hopefully, your parachute will descend slowly to the ground, giving your weight a comfortable landing. When you release the parachute the weight pulls down on the strings and opens up a large surface area of material that uses air resistance to slow it down. The larger the surface area the more air resistance and the slower the parachute will drop.

Cutting a small hole in the middle of the parachute will allow air to slowly pass through it rather than spilling out over one side, this should help the parachute fall straighter.

3. Paper Airplane

Paper airplanes have been around for as long, if not longer, an actual aircraft. In 1908-1909, Aero magazine used paper airplanes to explain aerodynamics principles. In 2012, paper planes thought to be over 100 years old were found in the eaves of a chapel in England. This timeless hobby is simple and easy for both beginners or experts

Materials needed:

* A4 Sheet
* Some Folding skills

How to make:
  1. Fold the paper in half vertically.
  2. Unfold the paper and fold each of the top corners into the center line.
  3. Fold the top edges into the center line.
  4. Fold the plane in half toward you.
  5. Fold the wings down, matching the top edges up with the bottom edge of the body.
  6. Add double stick tape to the inside of the body. The finished plane should look as shown in the image above.

4. Crazy Flying Copter

Expand your play zone to the skies with the Crazy Flying Copter DIY Kit. Learn about the power of aerodynamics & winding by making this fun science kit. To send this helicopter-inspired gadget flying, just pull the string and watch it zoom into the sky. This simple toy will astound you and your friends. Give the gift of science with toys and gadgets that foster curiosity and encourage scientific learning.

Materials needed:

*Wooden Body Piece
*Wooden Handle
*Rubber Bands
*Thread
*Copter
*Plastic Pipe
*Transparent Plastic Pipe
*Zip Ties
*Ball Bearing

How to make:
  1. Check your material.
  2. Handle pipe setup.
  3. Make the stick bearing assembly.
  4. Fixing Thread.
  5. Make wind up system in the handle.
  6. Finishing setup.
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5. Hand Copter

Handcopter is a super cool copter in which we are making a popsicle stick fly. When rotated using Hands, the twisted popsicle stick spins rapidly, it begins to create lift by pushing air downward. With enough energy, the hand copter will fly in whatever direction it is pointing.

Materials needed:

*Flat Stick
*Long Stick(Shaft)

How to make:
  1. Put the flat stick in a pan of water for 2-3
    minutes. This will make the stick bend easily
    without breaking.
  2. Slightly bend the strip as shown.
  3. Attach the long stick to the flat strip as
    shown.
  4.  The hand copter is ready to use. To launch,
    simply place the HandCopter’s shaft
    between both hands and spin counter-clockwise.

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