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Learners trace, cut out and fly a boomerang, outdoors or in a large indoor space. Boomerangs are believed to have originated among the Aborigines of Australia, so this activity could be used in conjunction with social studies lessons on Australia or indigenous peoples. Boomerangs can also be decorated, adding the dimension of an art activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • printout of boomerang pattern in this PDF
  • manila folder, cardboard, styrofoam tray, or thin plywood
  • scissors
  • pencil


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
  • Physical Sciences
    • Motion and Forces
      • Projectile Motion
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise
  • Toys


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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  • Free access



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