13 Airplane Preschool Trays

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Here we are – our first set of “Pre-K” Trays! We revisited a favorite past theme – Airplane Tot School! We last did it almost exactly six months ago.

We did a few things again, but have a few new things, too, namely the Little Pilots Tot Pack from Our Little Monkeys — thank you! I thought I was going to use these at a different time, so I actually printed them half of the regular size. Just mentioning this in case you notice how small the pages are! :)

Now on to our 13 trays for Airplane Preschool!

  1. Airplane Math
  2. Circle What’s Different
  3. Airplane Photo Matching
  4. Color by Number
  5. Airplane Dough Tray
  6. Let’s Fly Book
  7. Felt Runway Play Area
  8. Airplane Photo Lacing
  9. String of Planes
  10. Airplane Facts
  11. A is for Airplane
  12. Two More Worksheets
  13. Airplane Alphabet Banner


Airplane Math

Circle What’s Different

  • From the pre-k pack – thanks!
  • I don’t think he had ever had a “what’s different” worksheet before this one!

Airplane Photo Matching

  • We did this one before!
  • I searched for nice images of planes, and actually with a photo order, ordered two of each
  • I mounted each to one side of a piece of blue cardstock
  • I used the Silhouette Cameo to make a circle inside a question. I put the question mark on one card in the pair, and the circle with the question mark cut out on the other card
  • Time for a fun matching or memory game!

Color by Number

  • Another new activity from the pack – Color by Number!
  • I liked the simple setup of this coloring page! I gave it to him with his favorite markers.

Airplane Dough Tray

  • Just a regular dough tray… with an airplane cookie cutter from the Wilton Wheels Cookie Cutters set, of course.
  • We are really using the set of kinetic sand tools I picked up at Michaels for super cheap! They are nice quality.

Let’s Fly Book

  • This cute emergent reader is from KidSparkz — thank you!
  • We printed it as is, stapled and read with him (and showed him he was to draw his own picture on the last page)!

Felt Runway Play Area

  • It had been a long time since I had attempted a project like this!
  • I had an idea in my head first, looked around and ended up with this car play mat as my main source of inspiration. Thank you!
  • I started with a stiff sheet of black felt. I trimmed some green felt to make grass.
  • On the Silhouette then (while working on Christmas gifts) I cut a few things: white strips to make paint on the runway, orange cones, and a “gas pump” (made by adding the word “GAS” to a default iPod looking graphic my Cameo software came with)
  • I punched a hole in the top/middle and pulled a piece of shoelace through to function as the gas hose and nozzle
  • Then just put it together and added the cute Fisher-Price Little People Wheelies Jet and Helicopter!
  • (Pardon the uneven stickers – I literally put this together in the backseat of a car.) :)

Airplane Photo Lacing

  • I first printed out a couple color images of airplanes in flight.
  • I trimmed them, laminated, and trimmed again.
  • Finally, I went around the edges and punched a border for him to lace through.

String of Planes

  • A truly random activity…
  • I have a large pile of airplanes I made with my Silhouette Cameo but the day was too windy for me to use them for a garland as planned.
  • So… I punched holes in the middle of a bunch of them and let him string them!

Airplane Facts

  • Same as we put out before during Airplane Tot Trays – a colorful diagram showing parts of the plane, plus another showing the Wright Flyer!

A is for Airplane

  • From the pack – a closer look at the letter A!
  • We put this worksheet at his desk.

Two More Worksheets

  • Find the Letter and Line Tracing from the Little Pilots Tot Pack — THANKS!
  • These two were on his desk too!

Airplane Alphabet Banner

  • This very cute printable is from Fun Lesson Plans — thank you!
  • Printed this as is and gave to him to trace and cut!


Airplane preschool was our first theme of the year, and first formal week of school for the past few weeks, who knew what to expect! It went quite well though.

He keeps not wanting to finish the worksheets, and we can’t decide whether to push him on that right now. What we have decided for now is that when he is ‘done’, he can hang it up on the wall. That seems to get through to him. :)

Dad does most of school with him but I did sit with E one evening to try to help with the Color by Number. He really took his time, and after about 20 minutes he started to lose interest. I think I may do another one that is just like this but with easier shapes to color.

His line tracing is so accurate – and he sure loves math! All good things to see.

Next week we are doing a weather-inspired theme that makes sense this time of year. :)

Linked up over at the Learn and Play Link-Up, Montessori Monday, Turn it Up Tuesdays, Made for Kids Link Party, and Mommy Solutions!

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