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Airplanes are incredible machines!
My children love to learn about airplanes. Over the years we have searched for fun and interesting hands-on activities to enhance our learning. Here are a few of our favorite airplane activity books to help your family make paper airplanes, draw and color planes of the past, and explore projects based on the work of the Wright Brothers!
Airplanes of the Second World War Coloring Book (Dover History Coloring Book) by Carlo Demand – Kids will enjoy drawings of 46 World War II aircraft including the Enola Gay, P-40 Tomahawk, P-51 Mustang and more. There are facts included on the page about each airplane. For ages 8 and up.
Flight (DK Eyewitness Books) – Like other DK Eyewitness books this book is filled with many bright, detailed photos. This book doesn’t really have directions for hands-on activities but DK Eyewitness books have so many interesting details they usually encourage my kids to build and create projects based on the information they find in the books. In this book readers will learn about the history of flight from hot air balloons and airships, to the commercial aircraft used today. For ages 8-12
Fun & Easy Paper Airplanes: [Full-Color Book & 84 Perforated Pages] by Andrew Dewar After offering tips about how to fold and how to fly the planes, this book includes instructions for 16 planes as well as 84 papers (which include lines marked on the paper to make folding and creating even easier). We always like the books that include paper!
Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes – This is one of our favorite paper airplane books of all time! The Klutz book includes designs for 10 paper airplanes including the Spy Plane, Pteroplane, Flying Ninja, Swashbukler and more! Inside you will also find folding and throwing tips along with step-by-step instructions for each plane. As an added bonus the book also contains 40 sheets of paper with very cool designs for making the airplanes. For ages 7-10
Learn to Draw Planes, Choppers & Watercraft: Step-by-step instructions for 22 helicopters, boats, jets, & more! By Tom LaPadula – Learn how to draw 22 machines including single-engine aircraft, jumbo jet, light utility helicopter, hovercraft and more. Practice drawing different types of machines and then try designing your own! For ages 6 and up.
Star Wars Folded Flyers: Make 30 Paper Starfighters (Klutz) by Ben Harper, Pat Murphy – Star Wars fans can make their own fleet of flyers with this book! Book includes paper and instructions to make Starfighter, Y-Wing, X-Wing and more.
Origami Airplanes by Paul Jackson – Includes instructions for making 16 planes, from simple to advanced such as a Hooped Glider, Square-O-Plane, Stealth Jet and more. Also includes paper folding tips and ideas for 8 paper plane games. This is a good book for a variety of ages/skill levels.
The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight (For Kids series) – What a great combination – history AND hands-on learning are included in this book! This book not only tells the Wright brother’s story, it also provides information about other pioneers in human flight. 21 projects will help bring learning to life with simple instructions and easy to find materials. For ages 9 and up.
Check back throughout the month for more learning and reading activities for our Poppins Book Nook Virtual Book Club theme – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!
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