10 Paper Airplanes
You can learn to make ten different types of paper airplanes on this free website. Those ten are the arrow, the dart, the stealth, the moth, the kite, the champ, the custom, the bat, the ring, and the spinster.
Directions on how to make each of them are shown along with animated gifs of each step. The instructions are simple and easy to follow.
WikiHow offers free steps on how to make the classic paper airplane. There are 9 steps shown with corresponding photos of how it should look at each step.
In addition to these simple instructions, there is a separate video on how to make a paper airplane showing a slightly different method, as well as tips on making sure it flies well such as flying it on a hot day.
How Stuff Works
How Stuff Works is a great free online resource for people such as parents or teachers who are looking for instructions or activities on making paper planes with kids.
The website provides instructions on making four different types of paper airplanes that any kid would find cool: the FA Thunderhawk, the SST Thunderdart, the A7 Moonraider, and the Circular Glider. In addition to step by step directions, the website offers cool patterns for each plane that you can download as a PDF file and print out.
If your kid already knows how to make a paper airplane, he or she might be interested in learning to make other types of flying crafts. Besides instructions on making found types of paper airplanes, the website also teaches people how to make a paper parachute, a paper rocket, and a balloon rocket.
You can also keep your kids busy with instructions on two related activities. One activity is learning what makes a good lift-off. This would be a good activity for those who might have had problems in the past on getting their paper planes to fly correctly. The other activity involves having a play-off to see who made the best one. This could be a fun activity if dealing with a group of kids who can handle some friendly competition.
Metacafe Video Tutorial
This video on the website metacafe is one of the best free online resources for learning how to make a origami glider.
There are no printed instructions to go along with the video, but the video is narrated as each step of making the glider is shown. This one is a little more complicated to make than the basic design so this video would be best for older children.
At the end of the video, there is a nice shot of the glider being thrown off a balcony. So parents be warned that your kid might want to find some place high to fly their glider after seeing this.
YouTube has many free videos you or your kid can watch to learn how to make a paper plane. Some kids might like to watch some of the how to videos which are made by other kids.