The words paper airplane may bring up images of a lazy, somewhat relaxing flight, but these are not your standard paper airplanes, these planes go fast and far.

This is a quick DIY, which means that even the most reluctant kid can be happily catapulting paper airplanes in minutes.

What You Need

  • Paper
  • One rubber band
  • Hole punch or something to make a hole, like a pencil or scissors


Step 1: Make a paper airplane of any design. You can try one from Fold ‘N Fly.

Step 2: Punch a hole about 1.5 – 2 inches from the airplane’s nose.

Step 3: Thread the rubber band through the hole, then by slipping one end of the rubber band through the other and pulling gently until it forms a knot.

Step 4: Pull the rubber band forward, and when ready, release the plane!*

*Warning, don’t aim your turbo paper airplane at another person or any pet.

Can’t get enough hands-on and DIY? Join us for a week (or more) at Camp Galileo (Pre-K – 5th grade) or Galileo Summer Quest (5th – 8th grade). Ready to enroll? Find a location in your neighborhood today.