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I had to share this great idea because our boys love it so much!   It is great (as with every activity in this book)!
This activity comes from the book, 101 Kids Activities (that are the bestest, funnest ever!).   I have permission to post this image & idea… just for you from 101 Kids Activities by Holly Homer and Rachel Miller, printed with permission of Page Street Publishing June 2014.  This post contains affiliate links.





Today we are going to make the DIY Egg Carton Glider (just one of the fantastic ideas from this book!)- I know that your kids will love this as much as mine love it!   It is fun, easy to make and it uses materials that we have around the house (yay for recycling!)

A boy holding a Glider made from an egg carton with text above him.



So- materials that you need:

1- EGG CARTON (Styrofoam.  An 18 count works best, but a dozen still works)
4- COLORFUL TAPE (optional)
6- HULA HOOP  (For target practice)



Using your pencil or marker, sketch your glider design on your egg carton.   You are creating the largest wing span possible, as seen here:

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Cut that out, along the lines.

Decorate your glider with colorful tape, markers, stickers, whatever you want.  Encourage your child to be creative and make it just the way that he/she wants it to look (we got out our DIY Creativity Kit & let them go crazy with the decorating!)…

Next, Affix a binder clip to the front to add WEIGHT & STABILITY to your glider.

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It looks like this (red & white tape, on a blue egg carton… with the binder clip on the front)

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Now, if you want to do target practice…

One player will be in charge of moving the target up & down and left & right, while the other player will throw the plane toward the target.

TEAMWORK:  Encourage your kids to WORK TOGETHER to get the plane to fly through the hula hoop.



Modifications for younger kids:
they can tell you what to do, while you do it for them (drawing, cutting, placing the clip on the plane).   They can also decorate & create with the rest of the (cleaned) egg carton that the older children aren’t using.

Modification for Older kids:
Older kids can create a fleet of airplanes, trying out different shapes to see which design is going to fly the best.



This is just ONE of the ideas from this fantastic book!   Really- this book is keeping our summer so busy with easy activities just like this one. 🙂


For more information on the book, you can check it out right here:


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Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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