Teaching with… paper planes?

Sheets of paper that you would otherwise throw away can be the most adaptable resource for classroom games.

I have realized that, paper,  is a resource that is easy to get our hands on and would otherwise be just another toy or… recycled rubbish, and paper planes or other crafts, are  therefore easy to add to our class, with minimal or zero preparation.

I have recently, used paper planes as a getting-to-know-our-partners-better activity, during  our new etwinning  ” CUbeS: CUlture and Smiles in a box”  project,with huge success!



Here are two ideas I would like to share, today….


This fun writing icebreaker or brainstorming activity, works well with all students and topics .


To start, the students write three to five facts about themselves on a piece of paper. Remember to ask them to write their full name on one of the wings. Then they put their creativity to work by folding that paper into a paper airplane.

On your count, everyone flies their planes toward the middle of the room. Then students pick up a plane that landed near them.

Students take turns reading the facts written on the plane and add one new fact about the person whose paper plane they have in their hands. Let the class help if individuals get stuck.

Repeat the procedure as many times as you, or the students, wish.

A class discussion may follow.




Draw a target (with points – like a dart board) on the white board or use a cardboard box in the middle of the room. Then, students make paper airplanes and launch them after they answer your question in the form of a sentence. I don’t except my beginners to form complete sentence so I help them to form correct sentences. To my surprise they will repeat the sentence several times (while I’m helping them) just so they can throw their airplane. For beginner and low intermediate classes, I recommend formulating questions that lead to 1 or 2 types of answers. This allows for better memorization. For example, use CAN/WILL questions and write the beginning part of the answer on the board “I can/will…”.  I recommend giving a prize to make the target points mean something, thus peaking their interest. We usually play in teams.

Alternatively, you can buy a dart board!

(Stay tuned for more ideas on how to teach with paper crafts!)

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