Cheap Thrills — Airplane Racers

For a fun time, make up some paper airplanes (Emily has a slight obsession with making these lately), attach some bent paper clips and tie a long piece of string. Race your airplanes!!!

Emily thought this was so much fun, and Clara was quick to pick up on the racing fun too! Since Clara isn’t quite old enough to be able to throw a paper airplane, having a string to race them along worked perfectly.
Shake, shake, shake your string!!
Ready…. set……..



  1. MaryAnne says

    What a great idea! This looks like something Mike would enjoy doing with the kids, thanks for the inspiration! =)

  2. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ MaryAnne — I can picture Mike doing this with the kids and attaching small engines to the planes. Hee hee! Have fun!!!

  3. I bet we could actually fly those airplanes, unlike others……

  4. Raising a Happy Child says

    I like the idea of actually making those planes fly. How fun that Clara could join this fun too!

  5. how fun! my college age son wanted a paper airplane book for Christmas! Your girls are just adorable. 🙂

  6. Lenetta @ Nettacow says

    I think Clara had an advantage, being closer to the ground and all. :>) Then again, Emily has more of a gravity advantage. Oh, the physics!!! Fun!

  7. We did something like it but with birds instead of airplanes.

    My boys would probably like airplanes better.

  8. Wonder Mom says

    I do believe we will have to do this, since we still have planes leftover from Science last week…well, we still have crumpled planes leftover…perhaps we need to redo the planes too…

  9. This is a great idea. I'll have to try it soon. Just one question – do you tie the end of the string to something? Maybe I missed something there.

  10. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Christy — Yes, you have to tie the string to something. We used the back of a lawn chair, and it worked well! They had so much fun doing this, and Emily asked if we can go back outside to race airplanes again! Have fun!!

  11. Just Breathe says

    Really cute idea 🙂

  12. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ Jena — I'm not sure, but I think Mark might have a book on paper airplanes. I'll have to check with him. Some of the designs can be very complex feats of engineering! Is your son studying to be an engineer?

    @ Lenetta — Emily definitely had a height advantage, but Clara had so much fun trying to keep up with her big sister that it really didn't matter. 🙂

  13. I think you might have the cutest airplane pilots around.

  14. BabyMommaBlog says

    hahaha This does seem fun! I want to try this with Isabella. What do you do? just take a string and a regular paper airplane?

    Thanks for the fun tip! Def going to do this with Isa!

  15. Mama Randa Morning Glory says

    My boy has a sudden obsession with paper airplanes as well.

  16. lifessmalltreasures says

    I am a bit confused on how to attach the airplane can you please explain?

    I would love to do this with my son's Cubscouts!


  17. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog says

    @ lifessmalltreasures — Sure! All I did was bend 2 paper clips (to make loops) and attached them to the inside of the airplane using masking tape. I glued the airplane shut, then threaded the string through the loops. They are a lot of fun!! I bet it would be a great hit with the cubscouts — great idea!

  18. I LOVE THIS! SO MUCH! I'm glad to find your blog.

  19. This is a great idea! Love it!
    I will be doing this soon…and of course linking it back to you!

  20. An Almost Unschooling Mom says

    Clara is so cute in that little dress – she just looks like summer!

  21. This looks very fun! Even making the bean bags is an arts and crafts project!

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