Copterman! Paper Helicopter Toy

I have great memories of making these paper helicopters when I was a kid. They fly so well! The kids love dropping and watching them spin to the ground. My son also really likes toys that have people on them – so introducing Copterman! The amazing rescuer that can bend his elbows backwards!

We’ve been having a hilarious time coming up with rescue scenes that Copterman can star in. And I apologize for the cheesy video. The kids made me do it! (There’s also a very quick how-to at the end.)

Printable Template below if you want to have some superhero action!


Template: Click on the image below, then print. (Each template makes two Helicopters.)


  1. February 28, 2013 at 1:04 am

    My little girl loves it! Amazing!

  2. Emsbutler
    February 28, 2013 at 6:57 am

    It is also fun to tie a piece of yarn to the copter at the bottom. Then the child can run holding the yarn and the copter will spin behind him. This is a fun way to play with it if you don't have a place to drop it from.

    1. February 28, 2013 at 12:18 pm

      Ooh, I bet my kids will love that! Thanks for the idea!

  3. February 28, 2013 at 7:05 am

    Exploring science through art enhances the creative mind! Thanks so much!

    1. February 28, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      Totally! You should check out this site if you haven't already. Lots of excellent science crafts/toys!

  4. February 28, 2013 at 7:10 am

    wonderful!!!! i do it immediately! :-)

  5. February 28, 2013 at 5:36 pm

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  6. February 28, 2013 at 11:18 pm

    Adorable idea!! My little girl will love it! Thank you!

  7. March 1, 2013 at 8:18 am

    Ha ha, love Copterman!! I am going to get this ready for my son after school today. He will love it!

  8. March 3, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    Awesome! Very, very Cool. Can't wait to make it. Love the theme song. Reminded me of this: TV show from when I was a kid. Which in hindsight is still pretty funky!

    1. March 3, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Ha! Oh man Pete, that's golden! I was born in 73, so perhaps that's why I've always ridden the funk wave. I love the long rolling drum fills in that one! Nice!

  9. Neeru
    March 7, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    I'd like to request one of the people on the template be a female. My son and daughter would love having different characters. I think I'll adapt one on my own, but it would be nice if there was a female represented on the template. Thanks.

    1. March 7, 2013 at 3:34 pm

      I just updated it! When I was originally making the template, I realized there was room for two, so I quickly added another Copterman. Of course there should be a Coptergirl too!

  10. March 9, 2013 at 2:42 am

    My pupils (4 years old) loved to do it ! In order they will be able to cut easily the copter (wo)man, I print it 140%. Thank you very much for the work you share !

  11. myriam
    March 9, 2013 at 4:31 pm

    que bien, muy creativo, a los niños les encanta. gracias desde Venezuela

  12. March 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm

    Great job! I liked your creations so much!

  13. March 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

    This is so fun!! Thank you so much! Tali

  14. March 18, 2013 at 1:06 am

    Copterman und Copter"princess" are flying and flying in our livingroom, a big thank u from Vienna!

  15. March 22, 2013 at 11:08 am

    So simple and so effective, congrats for this realization !

  16. veronica
    March 23, 2013 at 11:22 am

    great success in school ...even kids from other classes came and asked for a photocopy .... thank you :)

    1. March 23, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      That's great!!

  17. March 24, 2013 at 10:05 am

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  18. March 24, 2013 at 10:08 am

    hello, just a little message to ask you if i could write some words about you on my blog, best regards Martine

    1. March 26, 2013 at 7:40 pm

      Yes of course. Thanks!

  19. Carolina
    March 26, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Thank you so much, kids loved it!!

  20. March 27, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    My kids love this. If your movie stats just bumped right up its because my son is addicted to it and we've had to watch it a gazillion times! He's currently rescuing all sorts of fruit that keep 'falling' out of the fruit bowl! Janette

    1. March 28, 2013 at 10:45 pm

      Ha, excellent!!

  21. April 8, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Just great! Thanks for sharing it with us ;)

  22. May 2, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    This is adorable. :) I'm definitely pinning this, because my six year old son would love it. P.S. I found your blog via Blog Inc. It was great to read what you had to say in the book.

    1. May 5, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Thanks Jenn! Very glad you found my site! I was really honored to be in Joy Cho's new book.

  23. June 4, 2013 at 10:34 am

    [...] Copterman Paper Helicopter Toy [...]

  24. August 3, 2013 at 8:06 am

    This is great. I just made this with my 4 year old and he loved it.

  25. October 3, 2013 at 8:59 am

    [...] earlier this winter!) 1. Build a newspaper fort. 2. Play mad scientist! 3. Colorize photos. 4. Make your own toys: Copterman. 5. DIY Playdough that smells divine!  6. DIY checker set. 7. Star Wars origami. 8. Lego building [...]

  26. riley
    October 19, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    this is so much fun

  27. txgrandma
    December 22, 2013 at 8:47 am

    I love this! My son spent many hours while growing up making all kinds of wonders out of paper. Stadiums, airplanes and many other things. He is now an engineer designing helicopters for Bell and is living his dream, which began with paper! I am going to share this with him and I know it will bring back many wonderful hours of play that turned into a wonderful career for him. Thanks so much for your generosity in sharing these models with all of us! I will be sharing them with the next generation in our family.

  28. Tam Dl
    January 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    It's art you can play with. I have to bet half the adults are downloading this stuff for themselves. Beautiful!

    1. January 27, 2014 at 11:36 am

      Ha, thanks! Yes, sometimes I just start playing with the toys, and then the kids see what I'm doing and come join in. Nice!

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