To make one of these fun gliders, tape three drinking straws together in a bundle. Place the tape around the straws in the front and back (1-2 inches from the end). Slide a penny in between the straws in the front. Cut a piece of craft foam (or from a foam tray) to the correct side and slide it in between the straws as well. A smaller piece makes the tail. And... voila!
These little gliders were not the furthest flyers, but all three kids spent a good 30 minutes playing with them and then kept picking them up throughout the day and including the gliders in their dramatic play. A couple days after we made these, the twins were playing together and I overheard them talking with each other about how flying squirrels glide, so the educational aspect of this activity was not lost.
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