Do you ever stop for a moment to think of how amazing flight and airplanes are? From walking to soaring through the sky on an airplane, we surely have come a long way. These free resources about the invention of airplanes will help your homeschoolers learn all about this amazing invention.
We can’t really teach our children about planes without explaining the history and the evolution of the invention. What went through the human mind to think, “I am tired of walking. It would be great if we could do what birds do.”?
The only problem was that birds have light, hollow bones; very strong muscles; and amazing things called feathers that are specially designed for the air. We aren’t made for flight, but that never stopped us from dreaming of it.
Well, that is exactly what those credited for the invention of the airplane did. The Wright Brothers apparently studied how birds flew and used their wings to help design the wings for their air gliders and planes.
Ultimately, the invention of the airplane hinged on needing an engine or propellers to move it forward. This also required gravity or weight that pulled the plane down while friction (or the drag) slowed it down. Finally, the wings of planes had to have an aerofoil shape to help the plane with the challenge of gravity.
Many of us around the world are grateful for the invention of airplanes. This includes me, hands-down. The truth is that now that travel has been limited, we can learn to appreciate it even more.
It makes now a great time to help your children learn all about the invention of the airplane.
Explore these free resources about the invention of airplanes and their history.
Airplane Preschool Printables | Living Life and Learning
Learn Everything About Airplanes FREE Printable List | Hip Homeschool Moms
Airplane Labeling Activity FREE | Chelsea Burkhart
How Airplanes Fly Lesson for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Airplane Board Books For Toddlers (FREE Aviation Unit Study) | Mommy Evolution
Airplane FREE Unit Study | La Scuola d’Argento
FREE Airplane Parts Worksheet | Education.com
Airplane For Kids – FREE Activity Pack | Fun with Mama
Airplane Unit w/ FREE Printables | Every Star is Different
The Very Best Airplane FREE Unit | The Natural Homeschool
Unit: Up, Up and Away! – Airplanes | Teach Engineering STEM Curriculum for K-12
Toddler Airplane Theme Lesson Plan for Toddlers | Teaching Your Toddler
27 Airplane Facts for Kids | Facts Just for Kids
Fun Facts about Airplanes and Flight for Kids | Easy Science for Kids
Airplane and aviation history resources:
FREE Aviation History Lesson | Year Round Homeschooling
History of Flight for Kids | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Amelia Earhart FREE Study | Simple Living Creative Learning
Aviation History FREE Homeschooling Resources | Faith and Good Works
All About Amelia Earhart FREE Worksheets & Activities for Kids | Surviving a Teacher’s Salary
FREE History of Flight Unit Study | Homeschool Helper Online
Engaging Amelia Earhart FREE Unit Study Resources for K-2 | Teaching with Children’s Books
Books about airplanes:
Awesome Airplane FREE Book List Printable | Hip Homeschool Moms
Airplane Books And Activities | Kid Minds
Book Adventures: The Glorious Flight Resources | Our Worldwide Classroom
Airplane Books & Activities | Fantastic Fun and Learning
FREE The Glorious Flight Lapbook and Printables | HomeschoolShare
The Glorious Flight: A FREE Unit Study | The Unlikely Homeschool
Kid’s Books About Airplanes and Aviation | Embark on the Journey
Learning with airplane-theme:
Airplane High Frequency Words FREE Activity | Adventures in Play
Learning Numbers with Airplanes | My Storytime Corner
Airplane Color FREE Sorting on the Light Table | Still Playing School
Airplane hands-on activities:
Make an Airplane Runway for Kids | Messy Motherhood
Learning About Flight With Paper Airplanes | Tree Valley Academy
Airplane Sensory Bin for Toddlers | School Time Snippets
History Of Aviation-Themed Morning Basket (FREE Printable) | The Waldock Way
Airport & Airplanes Learning Shelf & Activities | Happy Tot Shelf
Homeschool Aviation Activities | Castle View Academy
FREE Paper Airplane STEM Story Challenge | Education to the Core
25 Airplane Projects Kids Love | Play Ideas
Airport Dramatic Play Center | Fairy Poppins
Over 27 Educational Airplane Activities for Kids | 3 Boys and a Dog
FREE Printable Airplane Activities for Kids | Homeschool Preschool
Travel Adventure Airplane Activity Book for Kids | Fun with Mama
Airplane Bingo FREE Printable (Or Tic-Tac-Toe) | Frugal Coupon Living
Pretend Play: Airport FREE Printables | Playdough to Plato
21+ Awesome Airplane Activities | One Time Through
Paper Airplane STEM Challenge for grades 3–6 | TeacherBlog
Fun crafts all about airplanes:
20 Airplane Crafts | 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Paper and Craft Stick Airplanes | Our Kid Things
FREE Printable Airplane Craft | Learn, Create, Love
Airplane Craft Using Popsicle Sticks | Art Craft and Fun
Videos to learn how airplanes work:
How Do Airplanes Work? Educational Video for Kids | Brain Candy TV
Planes – How Do they Fly? | Thinking Captain
How Do Airplanes Fly (For Kids)? | Learn with Diva
Explore more about other inventions and inventors with your homeschoolers:
Encourage your student’s reading comprehension skills while they learn about great inventors with this Famous People Notebook. Head over to Daily Skill Building to grab this great inventor resource.
Of course, learning about flight and airplanes will intrigue your kids. Don’t forget to mention that before even a plane was thought of, the Lord was already talking about it.
Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) – they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!