You will love this Printable Flying Paper Bird. I am happy to partner with Lionsgate to tell you about the upcoming animated film release The Wild Life, which hits theaters September 9. This animated film features a host of lovable characters that you and your kids will fall in love with.  There will be no shortage of laughs for the whole family. I love a kids movie that I can enjoy too.


We are celebrating the release of this animated movie by making a flying paper bird modeled after the spirited character Mak the parrot. In addition to the star of our craft, the film features some pretty colorful characters on a tropical island including the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, the persnickety porcupine Epi, the always-cool chameleon Carmello plus SO MANY others that your family is bound to love.

The best part about this paper airplane bird is that it uses a rubber band launcher to send it soaring into the air! How fun is that!?!

flying bird with rubberband launcher

Printable Flying Paper Bird Mak

Download and print the flying paper bird in color on white card-stock.  Different weight of paper can be used.  We used cardstock to make sure it was heavy enough to withstand the pull of the rubber band launcher without tearing the paper. Cut out the bird.

{Flying Paper Bird Printable}

Flying paper bird printable

Follow assembly directions on and around the bird. Begin by folding the bird in half. Next comes the tricky part. Use fold lines on wings to fold up to the beak, while also gently folding bird in half. The picture below will show you how it should look.

Flying paper bird instructions

Next, fold the wings down. Wings can be adjusted through trial for optimum flying.  Flaps can even be cut into the back of the wings.

paper airplane bird

Rubber Band Launcher

You will need a paper clip, tape and rubber band to make the rubber band launcher.  Fold the end of a paper clip down.

paper bird with rubber band launcher

Push the bend end of the paper clip through the card-stock near the beak. Changing the placement of the paperclip is another way to adjust the way the paper bird will fly.  Securely tape the paper clip in place.

flying paper airplane bird

The paper clip should slip out the bottom and be angled towards the back of the bird.

free printable flying bird

The paperclip creates a hook for launching the paper bird into the air.

free printable flying bird

Place a rubber band between the legs of a chair.  Place the hook of the rubber band. Pull the bird back and then let it go!

free printable flying bird

The Wild Life

If you are up for a fun movie be sure to catch The Wild Life.  From the over-exuberant parrot Mak to the snack-obsessed tapir Rosie, from the persnickety echidna Epi to the acrobatic pangolin Pango, from the ditzy goat Scrubby to the commonsensical kingfisher Kiki and the always-cool chameleon Carmello, things are larger-than-life on a tropical isle that is pure wild animal paradise.  Then Robinson Crusoe, a marooned human, arrives in the midst of a furious storm, and their lives are forever changed by this bewildering new “creature.”  No matter their differences, castaway human and quirky animals embark on an hilarious new adventure, building the island’s first tree-house and surviving together.  But when two conniving members of the animal kingdom — the savage cats Mal & May – pounce into a battle for control of the island, Crusoe and his animal posse must uncover the true power of friendship against all odds (even savage cats).

Check out the trailer below for The Wild Life and don’t forget to save the date, the film hits theaters everywhere on September 9!



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