Friendly Flyers

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Folding an airplane for the Friendly Flyers!


To build competitive spirit while simultaneously learning about the group you're working with.

Group Size

Suggest at least 6 people.


Paper, pens & your imagination!

Set Up

Split into groups of two - each group should have a few pieces of paper and pens - and use a large area. Keep distance between groups.


1. Break off into groups of two, with as many groups as you want. 2. Each group must try to build an aerodynamic paper airplane from the paper provided that will be able to fly the farthest in a paper airplane contest. 3. After constructing the airplane, each group member must write characteristics they think are important about themselves on each side of the plane, or on the inside. 4. Conduct a flying contest to see which plane can go the farthest. 5. The plane that went the longest distance will be the first one for the rest of the team to try and guess - the object is to guess which plane belongs to which group based on the characteristics written on the sides of the plane. 6. After everyone guesses which airplane is which, the correct answers are revealed. 7. Repeat with all planes according to distance, with the closest plane guessed last. 8. Everyone wins!


You learn about your group member one-on-one as you build the paper plane with them. Afterwards, you learn about the rest of your group when you do the personality-matching activity. You build up your relational and task communication skills.


If there aren't enough group members, you could try to make the planes individually and still have the whole group guess at the individual's characteristics.

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