STEAM at Home: Flying Dragon

This week we are going to make a dragon fly and learn about how levers work.

Materials:

  • Toilet Paper Roll
  • Construction Paper
  • Marker
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Glue
  • Tape
  • Yarn

Getting Started:
We are going to start by making our dragon. Cut a piece of construction paper so that it covers your toilet paper roll. Use tape or glue to attach it. Next design the head, wings, and tail of your dragon. Cut them out and attach them using glue or tape. You can use a marker to decorate your dragon and draw eyes and a mouth on it.

Prepare For Flight:
Cut a piece of yarn about 4’-5’. Wrap it around a knob or door handle so that you are holding the ends of the yarn. Drop these ends through your dragon, top to bottom. Then let it fly! Hold the ends in each hand and pull them apart. The dragon should fly up around the yarn to the door knob. Now, bring the ends of the yarn together and see the dragon come back down to your hands.

How Does This Work?:
When you pull the ends of the yarn apart you are creating a lever. Usually levers are used to help lift something heavy. Here we are using a lever to lift the dragon and make it fly.

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