For the love of Paper Planes


If your house is anything like mine, we have all been glued to the Euro 2016 football tournament on the television supporting England, then Wales in a bid for glory. With the tournament drawing to an end this weekend, our afternoons will once again be free to enjoy life’s simple pleasures and possibly the sunshine outside in the garden.

One of Olly’s favourite things to do is to be outside. He loves being outside playing with his toys and his cars. Following a recent visit to a local airshow, Olly has become fascinated by planes. He’s always spotting them in the air and pretending to be a pilot in his own jet zooming in and around the garden at a million miles an hour.

Planes 2

I recently introduced Olly to the art of making his very own paper planes. He loves to get involved making things so armed with a dry and sunny afternoon and some time to fill we both made paper planes and got outside in the sunshine.

I fondly remember making paper planes with my Dad and flying them in the back garden with my Sister. We used to have races and see who’s plane could fly the furthest. Of course, my Sister would always win with the help of my Dad but it was good fun that I remember so well.

There’s some instructions on how to fold a single sheet of paper into a supersonic jet, a kite or a UFO included in this marvelous activity guide ’11 things to do outside without a football’. Thanks to Haven for the useful PDF activity guide which you can download here.

Paper Planes

We’ll be taking a few sheets of paper on holiday with us this Summer so we can make some paper planes to enjoy on the beach. If we’re lucky, we might pick up a sea breeze which will help to propel our paper planes along the sand but  in the meantime, there’s still time to perfect the creases on our planes to fly in the garden.

Planes 3

Do your kids love making and flying paper planes? Do you have any tips for making them go the distance? We’d love to hear them.

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  • Reply Naomi 09/07/2016 at 9:33 pm

    Ooh, good idea! I’m going to try this with my little boy, I think he’d love it.

  • Reply Plutonium Sox 11/07/2016 at 7:20 pm

    Mine love these. Such a great way to pass the time at home, and making them is a nice activity to do together.

  • Reply Kate Fever 16/07/2016 at 2:59 pm

    Mine all love paper planes too, and have learnt some great folding techniques at school. They are much better at it than I am!

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