How to Make a Styrofoam Plane

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How to Make a Styrofoam Plane
Kids of all ages are fascinated with aeroplanes. (Model Airplane image by Sydney van Rensburg from

Children and adults of all ages enjoy making toy planes out of recyclable objects. You can make an uncomplicated aeroplane out of the styrofoam meat trays that come with meat selections from your supermarket. Each person can make his own aeroplane and decorate it with coloured markers. Have friendly competitions to see whose plane will fly the farthest or the highest before crashing. This educational project will also teach your child about the importance of recycling.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Styrofoam meat tray
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Coloured markers or ink pens
  • Butter knife (optional)
  • Bendable straw
  • Cellophane tape
  • Rubber band

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  1. 1

    Wash the styrofoam meat tray thoroughly with hot, soapy water. Rinse it well and dry it.

  2. 2

    Trace an uncomplicated aeroplane shape onto the meat tray by using a pencil or other marker. You can download a template, use a stencil or make your own by cutting out an aeroplane shape from a colouring book and tracing the design.

  3. 3

    Decorate the aeroplane, if you desire, by using coloured markers or ink pens.

  4. 4

    Use the dull edge of a butter knife or a dull pencil to score the top of the tail stabilisers. This is the section of the plane that is behind the wings. Fold the stabilisers up; these will help the plane to fly straight.

  5. 5

    Fold the top of a bendable straw down. Tape it onto the bottom of the aeroplane using cellophane tape. Allow the bended portion to extend about three-fourths of an inch past the nose of the plane. Make sure to tape down the folded portion and secure it to the aeroplane.

  6. 6

    Launch the aeroplane by putting a rubber band around the bent portion of the straw with your non-dominant hand. Pull back on the tail end of the aeroplane with your other hand and point it upward and away from anyone's face. Release the tail end of your styrofoam plane and watch it soar.

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