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100 Paper Planes to Fold and Fly

Author: Hannah Ahmed, Brian Voakes, Andy Tudor
Lower Age: 5+
Price: $7.99
Year Added: 2018
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100 Paper Planes to Fold & Fly is a book by Usborne Publishing, designed by Hannah Ahmed and Brian Voakes, and illustrated by Andy Tudor, for ages five and older. The book contains 100 tear out pages with different images and designs, centered around four blueprints for paper airplanes. It also contains instructions on making these four paper planes and adds in three games for children to play with them.

100 Paper Planes to Fold & Fly promotes engineering thinking and design through the use of building and challenges while developing skills such as spatial reasoning, critical thinking, and design. The games which reside on the last page foster problem solving through the application of past knowledge to solve problems. These games include scenarios where the child has to consider the aerodynamics of a plane whether through understanding what will make a plane go further, asking how to meet a specific goal, or which plane is best equipped for target practice. These challenges help the child think beyond making a paper plane and flying it. This book is great to play with friends and gives everyone a chance to show off their personal style with different types of designs to choose from. If anything, the book could still benefit from an increase in the amount of games and challenges available to try and test their planes. That said, 100 Paper Planes to Fold & Fly is a book that offers a lot for children with an interest in planes, flying, or going into a flight-related career!

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: Define a problem, Plan a Solution, Create a prototype or process, Test the solution            

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: Criteria, constraints        

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: Spatial Reasoning Skills, Evidence based reasoning, Design             

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