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Build a Cardboard Airplane

A simple DIY cardboard airplane project to foster hours of pretend play.

Johnny's airplane, made from a cardboard box

It doesn’t take much to build a cardboard airplane! The sheets of paper here double as passenger seats, the wings are decorated, and there is a nice pilot dashboard! I’m sure my children’s designs will become more sophisticated as they grow older, but now this is a wonderful way to promote imaginative play.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

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