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!
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
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.
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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.
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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!
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