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The Whiz-Fly (1927)

By: Ardis E. Parshall - June 20, 2013

The “Whiz-Fly” was a suggested boy craft (they always carefully distinguished between boy craft and girl craft!) in the 1927 Children’s Friend – popular enough, evidently, that it reprinted in 1931.

“The whiz fly is made of soft cardboard, an elastic band or two, a paper clip or small safety pin. Draw, cut and fold according to directions. Mark or decorate with paint, ink or crayons. When finished, loop the elastic over the tip end of stick or pencil, draw the whiz fly back, stretching the elastic; suddenly let go of the whiz fly and away it goes.”


Step 1:

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Draw the Whiz-Fly using the pattern; each square is to be 1/2-inch wide. Cut out the bird.

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Step 2:

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“When bird is trimmed out, fold through the center like this – then fold wings and tail straight out along creased line.”

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Step 3:

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“Pinch bird’s beak together with a paper clip or safety pin – fasten a rubber band to clip or safety pin – and …”

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“Then you are all set for a peck of fun!”



3 Comments »

  1. And there was always Primary Children’s Hospital to take care of the kids who got hit in the eye with one of these.

    But seriously, I’m going to pass this on to my wife for Cub Scout adventures. It’s no more dangerous than most of their activities.

    Comment by Grant — June 20, 2013 @ 8:37 am

  2. I really like this. My mom had us making lots of things like this while Ardis’s mom was teaching her to sew.

    Comment by Carol — June 20, 2013 @ 9:10 am

  3. I remember making something like this in Primary in the 50’s.

    Comment by Stephen Taylor — June 21, 2013 @ 11:27 am

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