STEAM: Make a Parachuting Ostrich
All levels | 22 min 8 sec
STEAM: Make a Parachuting Ostrich
Give a flightless bird the chance to fly with crafting and science. Jamie Hudson, a PhD scientist and maker, will show you how to construct an adorable paper ostrich and its trusty plastic parachute using a Cricut, a pipe cleaner, and household supplies. While you watch your ostrich friend float down to the ground more gracefully than nature intended, you can also learn about the physics of drag and mass. Try attaching other small objects to your parachute and keep on experimenting.
Here’s what you’ll need:
  • Garbage bag
  • Approx. 1 yard of black thread
  • 1 sheet white poster board for Cricut
  • Permanent markers (black, red, brown)
  • 3-5 glue dots
  • 1 pipe cleaner (tan)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Light grip mat
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors
  • Cricut and a mobile device to access Design Space
Learn how to:
  • Make a toy parachute and a tiny paper ostrich with a Cricut
  • Use Cricut Design Space software
  • Cut cardstock and a garbage bag using the Cricut
  • Make science fun

What you'll get:
  • Easy-to-follow video lessons on how to grow make a paper ostrich and a plastic parachute using the Cricut
  • Three HD video lessons you can access online anytime, anywhere
  • Detailed supply list and image cutting file
  • Step-by-step instructions by scientist Jamie Hudson
  • The ability to leave comments, ask questions and interact with other students
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Krafty Kitten
where are the .svg files?????
More than 3 months ago
Grant Martis
awesome class
More than 3 months ago
Connor Hansen
This was such a fun craft! I was actually extremely delighted when my ostrich was successful gliding through the air! I would recommend doing this with your kids or together with your family then having fun releasing them from elevated areas, watching each silly ostrich float to the ground. Also, I learned that the word ostrich wasn't pronounced "ostridge." What a learning experience!
More than 3 months ago