16th March 2022 All Posts Sustainability in the Early Years

Sustainability Activity of the Week: Paper Airplanes

We think it’s important to provide useful resources for early years practitioners, childminders, and parents in terms of sustainability – and this series aims to bring you easy crafts and activities that will teach children about sustainable living. 

This week we are bringing you a childhood classic, paper airplane making, and this is a great activity to help children improve their fine motor skills as well as hand-eye coordination. 

Safety First!

Ensure children are careful when throwing the airplanes.

Surface Rubbing

What you’ll need:

  • Paper 


  1. Take a piece of paper and fold it lengthwise in half. 
  2. Unfold, and then take each top corner and fold it to meet the middle line. This will create a triangle at the top of the paper. 
  3. Fold twice more into the middle, ensuring that you press down on the folds so they stay in place. 
  4. Open out your wings and optionally fold down the tip. 
  5. Throw in the air and watch it glide, here is a great opportunity to have an airplane throwing competition with the children.

Join us next week for another sustainable early years activity, and if you try this out, don’t forget to tag us on Instagram @ConnectChildcare. Have you seen our other sensory activities? We have a FREE Water Play Activity Guide ideal for spring weather and sensory development.

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