Any paper can be used. Just like what you did d as a kid - used newspaper, writing paper, construction paper. The paper in my book was no heavier than writing paper. Go to Office Depot or any office supply store and the different colors and design paper.
DEFINITELY! when I gave this book to my grandchildren they were 5 and 7. The 5 year old needed help both folding straight and then pressing the fold really flat. There are two designs which are simple for like-aged kids. My 7 year old granddaughter could make several of the more complicated models, although some individual 'folds' are tough for anyone. On the other hand, I've made most of the models in this great book for the children--and they've gotten hours of sailing them, both in hallways and out of doors. This is a great book! I recommend purchasing exttra colored paper, since the kit comes with only about 15 sheets of (very cool) paper.
My son love paper plan and this is a great book not just to fold the paper plan, he enjoys reading the story and illustration that go along with it. We saw this in Michael Craft store and shopped Amazon, bought this for my son's 6th birthday present.
To use this book properly you need patience and a steady hand. The designs are not overly complex, but they are very detailed and very specific. You will want to have a ruler and a hard flat surface ready so you can make the sharp folds and creases. If you perform the steps and measurements exactly you will get wonderful areodynamic novelties that will last for a good while of play (provided they are handled carefully). My Sister's children loved watching and helping me fold the sheets and then having contests to see whose design flew the furthest, fastest etc.…
My kids love to make paper airplanes, while you can print most designs off on your home printer, this package allows you to have fun designs along with the instructions.…Allows kids to work on their fine motor skills. We added rubber band launchers, Popsicle stick stabilizers, and more to test out various theories the kids developed.…
I do not believe he need any additional legos. My grand Son said it was a blast.. but he is kind of a lego overachiever So, he a 5 year old doing up to 10 yr old project. So the kid is still 5 and never been exposed to simple machines..
I purchased this product for a very inquisitive and intelligent 8-year-old boy for his birthday. His mother is a professor of Chemistry, and she advised me that both she and her son get alot of use out of this product! It is also great for his younger sister for learning about science and building things.