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Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

Disclosure: We were sent the featured products for the purpose of this post however all opinions are my own.

The children have always loved being creative, making things, crafting and letting their imaginations run wild. But, as parents, we have never been ones to just raid the recycling bin. We often lack ideas when it comes to getting creative at home and much prefer investing in craft kits that have all the pieces we need to create something tangible the children can keep forever once they’ve made it.

So you can imagine our delight when we discovered Build Your Own and their range of fantastic eco-friendly toys that the children build themselves! We were sent the Build Your Own Plane Launcher to test out and Little Man was excited the minute he saw it – paper planes are one of his favourite things and having a plane launcher would take paper plane play to a whole new level!

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review
Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

The Plane Launcher kit comes with everything you need to slot together and build the finished toy. Unlike many other kits we’ve used in the past you don’t need anything from home – no glue or tape – literally just the kit. This is fantastic – especially as the whole paper plane launcher kit is made using sustainable cardboards and no plastics. It’s a really environmentally responsible product.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review
Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

The kit is aimed at age 8 and above so Little Man, aged 7, worked through making it with Daddy sitting by his side in case he needed any help. There are 47 pieces that are simple to press from the sheets they arrive in and Little Man was able to follow the instructions, attach the elastic bands and create the plane launcher with just a little adult help. The kit also comes with spare rubber bands just in case you need them.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

The finished paper airplane launcher is surprisingly sturdy. It’s a really durable toy that is made to last. The set comes with a whole selection of paper aeroplanes with different folds to create ones we had never even thought of before. Some of the planes were tricky to fold but Little Man didn’t mind at all – he just loved being able to launch planes further and faster than ever before.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

The kit also comes with targets to aim your paper planes towards to see how far you can get them to travel. This makes the finished launcher a great toy for siblings or a family to share, taking it in turns to see who can get their paper plane the furthest and score the most points.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

The plane launcher includes an integrated power scale so children know how much force the paper airplanes will be launched with. It’s great for teaching them more about physics and the science behind how paper planes fly.

Build Your Own Plane Launcher Kit Review

It’s safe to say Little Man absolutely loves this launcher. It’s such a good investment for a family home. He would have loved to just receive the constructed plane launcher but to be able to make it himself was incredible. He’s so proud that he can have such fun with something he created.

The Build Your Own kits are something I would love to give as a gift, knowing the recipient could spend time building the project and then enjoying it indefinitely afterwards. It’s something all kids would love. As well as the plane launcher there’s a Telescope kit and a Microscope kit coming soon.

The Build Your Own Plane Launcher has an RRP of £16.99


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. They both look good but the telescope would be great as my granddaughter loves learning about space and the moon

  2. For me it would have to be the telescope kit as how often can you say you can build your own telescope

  3. The Telescope kit as my daughter is so memorized by space and I’d enjoy learning with her xx

  4. The Microscope Kit. My nephews and nieces love nature and would like to see it close up.

  5. The plane launcher as I was always fascinated at making paper planes and hope my children would follow suit

  6. My favourite is the Telescope Kit. I could gaze at the sky for many hours so this would be a fun way to encourage the children to join in.

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