Ever since the Wright brothers built and flew the world’s first successful airplane in 1903, children have been fascinated with the magic of flight. The glamorization of fighter planes and the seemingly impossible way a plane stays suspended in midair, all play a part in making the toy airplane so popular.
There are kits that let your child construct a wooden toy airplane using a minimal amount of tools and can be a fun project for a child. The kits vary depending on age and level of skill. For younger children, kits are easy to assemble and do not require any glue and for older children, the construction can be more challenging and complex.
If you plan on flying your wooden toy airplane the best type of wood you can use is balsa wood, because it is lightweight enough to make the airplane actually fly. Making a wooden toy airplane out of balsa wood is easy to do and a great way to introduce your child to aerodynamics, flight and gravity.
Kids can also get involved in decorating their wooden toy airplane with paint and stickers, but remember, the more stickers you attach, the heavier the plane will become. There are inexpensive balsa wood airplane kits that will make for a fun day of building and launching the plane, for you and your child.