Typically throwing paper airplanes is discouraged in the classroom. But, today we are sharing a cool paper airplane activity that, if done safely, can be beneficial for both fine motor and gross motor development. And it’s also pretty fun!
Name of Activity: Paper Airplane Flying School
Developmental Goal/Activity Objective: To practice fine motor skills by folding paper airplanes. To practice gross motor skills by aiming and throwing paper airplanes.
- 2 large poster boards
- Markers, crayons, pencils, etc.
Procedures/Strategies: (how to present activity and what children will do)
First, create the target by cutting circles of various sizes out of two large poster boards and then taping the boards together. Hang this somewhere that the planes can fly through without going straight into a wall.
Next, let children make and decorate their own paper airplane. They can use the folding template below. Or they can try their own design and experiment with what flies best.
Then, let them throw the planes and try to get them through the targets.
Guidance and Safety Considerations
Be sure no one is on the other side of the target or generally in front of other children when throwing the planes so that no one is hit with them. The pointed tip could be dangerous to children’s eyes.
Source for folding template: http://www.bigactivities.com/crafts/transportation/paper_airplane.php