Taking Kids on Vacation - All About Airplanes

Traveling on vacation is an exciting time for all travelers. The thrill of going to the airport, watching the planes and seeing all the people getting on the plane is exciting for new and experienced travelers. It is especially exciting for kids traveling on an airplane for the very first time. The first time a child travels by plane presents an excellent opportunity for parents to teach kids about airplanes and flight.

The airplane that we now know is derived from motor less planes and gliders. While these planes technically flew through the air they were just a small part of air flight that we know today. The first powered flight occurred in 1903 when Wilbur and Orville Wright made their historic flight in North Carolina. From modest beginnings, the airplane has become an integral part of our lives as well as the worldwide growth that has transpired in the past century.

One of the most fascinating concepts for kids is learning how planes fly. Through the principles of lift, gravity, thrust and drag, planes can get off the ground and cruise at a high altitude. There are many useful resources below that uses examples and experiments to explain how planes function.

We have also included other information on the history of airplanes, parts of the plane, the types of airplanes, airplane terminology and other information. We hope this information is helpful in teaching kids about the wonderful world of planes. This will hopefully increase your child's enjoyment of the trip and make your vacation fun!

  • Brief History of Airplanes - A useful article which looks at the history of the airplane.

  • Airplane Timeline - This page provides a chronological look at advancements in the airplane.

  • History of Flight - In this article from NASA you will learn of the history of flight dating back to ancient times.

  • Flight History Information - Web page which provides an educational look at the history of flight.

  • The First Flight - A helpful article which provides information on the first flight by the Wright Brothers.

  • The Wright Brothers - Educational page from the Smithsonian Institute about the first flight by Wilbur and Orville Wright.

  • How Planes Fly - This article provides a scientific look at how planes fly.

  • How Do Airplanes Fly? - An article which discusses the principles involved in flight.

  • Airplanes in Flight - Informative page with information and description on how planes fly.

  • Fun Flight Facts - Fun article for kids which helps provide them with facts about airplanes.

  • Science for Kids - Web page from Dartmouth University which provides information on how planes fly and other fun scientific facts for kids.

  • Main Parts of an Airplane - Useful diagram from the Federal Aviation Administration which helps identify parts of the plane.

  • Plane Parts - Informative page which details the various parts of an airplane and provides an overview of the function.

  • Aviation for Kids - Publication which provides a wide array of information on the airplane for kids.

  • Airplane Parts - This article is an aid for educators in helping kids learn about the parts of an airplane.

  • Home Science Projects - Information and ideas on how to teach children about planes and how they function.

  • Airplane Types - Helpful information which can assist in learning about different kinds of planes.

  • Technology and Aircraft Types - Web page which takes a look at future technology and the impact on airplanes.

  • Types of Airplanes - A look at the different types of planes and their usage around the world.

  • Aircraft Types - Useful web page with information on many different kinds of aircraft that are in use.

  • Glossary of Airplane Terms - Listing of some of the common terms that are used in the air industry.

  • Aviation Terms - Article which lists many of the terms that are used in the field of aviation.

  • Glossary of Air Terminology - Helpful page containing several terms used in civil aviation and air travel.

  • Aviation Glossary - This page provides a description of many of the common terms used in aviation.

  • Airplane Words - Kid-friendly page with many words used in airplanes explained for kids.

  • Aviation and Airplane Resources - Collection of helpful resources pertaining to the field of aviation and airplanes.

  • Aviation Resources - Government web site which lists several useful pages about aviation.

  • Kid's Corner - Portal of information for kids about aviation listed by age group.

  • Just For Kids - Resourceful page with a number of resources for kids pertaining to aviation.

  • Flight Adventures - Helpful page of information which covers many topics about flight and air travel.