Crafts for Kids Transportation

Pool Noodle Airplane Craft

Do your kids spend hours making paper airplanes, only to get disappointed when it doesn’t fly far? There truly is a science to making a high flying paper airplane! But worry no more, put the paper planes to the side and grab a pool noodle. This plane will FLY! I was stunned that this pool noodle airplane craft flew as high and as far for as long as it did. If I was stunned, my kids were in complete awe! Try this plane craft with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. This pool noodle craft is perfect for lazy summer days as a summer craft for kids or as part of a transportation or plane theme!

This plane will FLY! I was stunned that this pool noodle airplane craft flew as high and as far for as long as it did. If I was stunned, my kids were in complete awe! Try this plane craft with preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 4th graders too. This pool noodle craft is perfect for lazy summer days as a summer craft for kids or as part of a transportation or plane theme!

Airplane Craft

Kids of all ages will be amazed by this airplane craft that is made with a pool noodle. Not only is this plane craft unique with it’s design, but it actually flies WAY farther than traditional paper airplane crafts. So try this fun pool noodle craft with your toddlers, preschoolers, kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, and grade 4 students this spring and summer.

Pool Noodle Craft

All you need are a few simple supplies to design your own airplane that really flies!

  • A piece of a pool noodle, about 1-2 feet long
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Scissors or Knife
  • Sticky Foam 

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Plane Craft

This place craft for kids may not be much to look at, but boy can it FLY!! To make this summer craft project you can use a serrated knife to cut a piece of a pool noodle off. Please do not leave children unattended with the knife and watch your fingers! 

When you have the length of pool noodle that you want, decide where you want your wings to be. We did one slit on opposite sides, even with each other. These were closer to the front of the plane, but in the middle. The 3rd wing is on the tail, so we did this on the top towards the back. 

The slits only need to be as wide as your popsicle sticks and they can go in as deep as you would like them to. When you have your popsicle sticks in place, but the wings out of sticky foam. Cut two pieces for each wing, in the same direction. We used sticky foam so Iw anted to amke sure that the shapes were the same direction so that the sticky side would connect to eachother.

Pool Noodle Craft

Pool noodle Ideas

Once the wings are cut, attach them to the popsicle sticks.

Follow the same concept for the tail wing as well.

I trimmed up the edges of the wings to make sure that they matched. I don’t know if the sticky being exposed would slow the plane down, but I didn’t want to give it any reason to be slow.

When the wings were secure, we were ready to fly. We held it between the wings and the tail, and shot it towards the skyline. Not upwards to the sky, but where you would see a sunset. It soared. It was incredible.

WOW your kids with a pool noodle airplane craft that can fly!  Try this plane craft with kids of all ages as a  summer craft for kids or a  STEM project.

DIY pool noodle ideas

This is the perfect opportunity to talk to children about air planes and how they work. It is also a great time to talk about how when something doesn’t work, you have to keep trying. Just because our paper airplanes aren’t perfect, we can practice them. In the meantime, though, we made a plane out of a different object and it works great! This gave them the confidence to keep trying with paper too! 

Looking for a fun way to practice reading simple CVC Words to practice phonics skills? You will love this Plane Rhyming CVC Words activity. Simply grab a bingo dauber and the free do a dot printables in the pdf file and you are ready to read, rhyme, and dab word families. Preschool, pre-k, kindergarten, and first grade students will have fun practicing sounding out words with the letter sounds they've learned while listening for and seeing similar letter patterns in these words.  straw airplane craft for kids plane crafts for kids road shape mats

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Deanna

Deanna Hershberger is a work at home mom, coffee obsessed, a diy addict and a Netflix binger. She spends her days playing and making with her daughter and enjoys quiet nights at home with her husband. She shares all of this on her blog Play Dough & Popsicles.

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