Looking for a little high-flying fun with little ones? Folding paper airplanes is a great learning activity to do with kids as it explores hands-on examples of geometry, symmetry and how shapes fit together!
Try your hand at one of the three glider designs below on a plain piece of A4 paper and then take to the skies to see who can fly the farthest!
Fun fact: The farthest flight by a paper aircraft is 69.14m achieved by Joe Ayoob and aircraft designer John M. Collins, at McClellan Air Force Base in the USA. The plane was constructed from a single sheet of uncut A4 paper. Source
The most important thing when you’re folding a paper airplane is to make each side symmetrical (each side must match). Don’t worry if you make a mistake with a fold on one side, just make sure you match it on the other side if you can.
How high did you fly?
If Mum or Dad take a photo of your paper plane and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with your name, we will add your creation to our paper pilots wall on our website and send you an official ‘Pilots License’ certificate!