3 Cool Things to do When Bored

Pt.1-Parachutes, Bubbles, and Flame Throwers

Welcome to the first 3CTWB!

In article you’ll learn how to turn a paper and cup into a mini parachute, your hand and some soap into a bubble, and a simple lighter into a 12 in. flame thrower!

#1- The Parachute

Remember those toys you got when you were either at a party or at an arcade, with a little figure that was tied to a plastic parachute by really thin strings? Well, this first article for the new series “3 Cool Things to do When Bored” will allow you create your own parachute with just a paper cup and a piece of paper.

Remember those toys you got when you were either at a party or at an arcade, with a little figure that was tied to a plastic parachute by really thin strings? Well, this first article for the new series “3 Easy Things to do When Bored” will allow you create your own parachute with just a paper cup and a piece of paper.

Step 1) Take one corner and fold it until it reaches the edge of the paper and crease. Do the same for the other corner.
Step 2) Take a ruler and draw a line between the two edges where the corners met and cut the line so you get a strip of paper and a square that has a folded X on it. If you want to you can the adjacent corners together for a more flexible parachute.

Step 3) Take the excess piece and draw lines across the paper that divide it into four equal, long strips. Then cut along these lines.

Step 4) Make a marks 1.5 cm (0.59 in) away from one end of the strip papers and make a mark 4cm (1.574 in) away from one corner for the square piece. Do this on all four sides. You will now glue the strip on the non marked sign to the paper where the 4cm mark is. Align the markings together to get a 90 degree angle. Do this on all four sides

Step 5) Make a mark about 2cm (0.787in) off of the other end of each strip and take one of then and glue it onto the cup. Do this for all strips and try to make each strip symmetrical to each other. Note: Make sure all strips are straight and not coiled when you’re gluing!
Wait a few minutes for the glue to set and you’re good to go! Hold the parachute with the cup hanging down and let go.

#2: Bubbles

When you’re bored in summer and have nothing else to do, instead of buying bubble soap you can use dish soap and your own hand to make bubbles that can be bigger than some commercial bubbles.

You’ll need dish soap and a clean un-cut hand.

Version 1) Get your hands lathered in soap and water. Then put the two flaps of skin (between your index finger and thumb) together and spread your hands apart slowly and do not let the index fingers or thumbs separate. Gently blow on the soapy surface that has been made until you get a bubble.

Version 2)Get your hands lathered in soap and water. Then curl your index finger so the nail is behind your thumb, slowly extend your index finger so the tip is against the thumb. Now blow gently against the soapy gap and the bubble run down your palm until it’s released.

#3: Flame Thrower

Ever needed an extra flame to light a fire or unfreeze something, well with the right lighter you’ll be able to extend the flame up to a foot! All you’ll need is a lighter that can adjust the flame and a sharp metal object!

Step 1) Take the metal casing off to reveal a white gear surrounded by an inverted gear

Step 2) Lift the inverted gear and crank the white gear either clockwise or counter-clockwise (depends on the type of lighter)

Step 3) Put the metal casing back on and light it normally. WARNING: DO NOT LIGHT FOR TOO LONG. THE CASING MAY CATCH FIRE AND THE LIGHTER MAY EXPLODE!!!