Fly A Plane
Week 32 of 'The Great Wake Up!'
When I saw the title of this week's experiment, my immediate reaction was one of horror!
'Chris, what are you thinking? Fly a plane? Surely not!'
So you can imagine my relief when I watched the video and realised that the experiment was, in fact, to fly a paper plane. Phew! That I could do.
The aim of this experiment was to bring some fun into our lives. The idea was to find a tall place, release a paper plane and see where the wind takes it.
As I couldn't think of a nearby tall place, I decided to take the easy (and perhaps, slightly boring) option of releasing my plane from one of the upstairs windows and into the garden.
I was slightly concerned at what the neighbours might think if they saw me doing this on my own, so I decided to get my nephew to join in and we made a game of it. When I say a game, it was more like a competition. We both made a paper plane and decided to see whose could fly furthest.
I went first. As I let the plane go, I stepped back in anticipation and watched it 'fly' a few feet from the force of my throw before dropping vertically onto the flat roof above the downstairs extension. It was a bit of an anticlimax. My vision of it being carried by the wind before gracefully landing on the other side of the garden was clearly not going to become reality.
However despite this initial disappointment at my loss (I am pretty competitive!), my mum then joined in, and the three of us spent half an hour in the garden flying our planes, then making more planes and seeing how each would fly. It was a lot of fun, and something that me, my mum and my nephew were able to do together.
For something so simple, it had extraordinary benefits - not only did it bring the fun aspect, but it also got three generations of the family involved in too. So Chris, your goal for this experiment definitely worked on this occasion.