In our latest activity we took to designing our own planes and testing out our designs and then competing to see which plane travelled the farthest down our runway.

You will need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Pencils
YC adding some finishing touches

YC adding some finishing touches

Get your little ones to design and test out their planes; I encouraged YC to really think about what a plane might need to fly and that once she had tested it out she could always make changes to it.

Our predictions

Our predictions

Not only did we use paper planes, but we also tested out a couple of toy ones to see how they would compare.

Once everyone had put their finishing touches to their aircrafts, we lined them all up and made predictions about which one we thought would travel the farthest.  Turned out that none of us made the right prediction.

It was really interesting to see how both EC and YC approached making their planes, EC had some fabulous ideas about adding boosters to his to make them to further.

EC adding boosters to his jet

EC adding boosters to his jet


The final results - the big purple plane ended up go the furthest

The final results – the big purple plane ended up go the furthest



About The Author

Nanny Anita
Norland Nanny

Nanny Anita is our resident Super Nanny. Having trained at the famous Norland College, in Bath, she has over 12 years experience, working all over the world with children from 2 months to 17 years old. Nanny Anita is an expert when it comes to keeping the little ones entertained and writes a column with Leonora called 'Get Crafty' for Little London magazine. Nanny Anita has been on hand to answer our reader questions, and she provides weekly arts, crafts and activities for families to do with their children at home. She really is a modern day Mary Poppins!

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