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Airplane Toss – A Fun and Physical Activity that Involves Angles and Trajectory

Airplane toss is a physically engaging activity that helps to develop problem solving skills. Children practice the basics of angles and trajectory, which are math and science fundamentals.  

What You Will Need

  • 1 bristol board or large piece of cardboard (such as a flattened box)
  • Paper 
  • Scissor or X-Acto knife
  • Circular household objects & markers


  • Cut 3 circular holes into the bristol board or carboard using either your scissors or X-Acto knife (an adult should help children with this step). Make circles different sizes by tracing circular lids or plates from around your home. These holes are the targets through which your child will attempt to throw the paper airplanes.
  • Create 2 or 3 paper airplanes. New to creating paper airplanes? No problem! Here is a helpful “how to” link.
  • If you like, you can number the circular holes. Each number represents points earned when a paper airplane goes through.
  • It’s time to play! Create a line to stand behind, take aim, and try to get the paper airplanes through the targets!

Tips: Children can keep track of their points and tally them up at the end of the game to see how many points they got. Also, children can move back further from the targets to make the game more challenging. Have fun!

Victory dance when airplanes go through targets is optional – but encouraged!


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