How To Draw a Cartoon Airplane for Small Kids (EASY Step by Step Guide)

How To Draw a Cartoon Airplane for Small Kids (EASY Step by Step Guide)

Do you like airplanes or are you afraid of riding in a plane? Don’t worry if you don’t like riding in planes, we’re not getting on one today. We’re only going to draw one! I think it’s agreed, airplanes look super cool regardless of how we feel about riding in one. Flying through the sky is a great mankind achievement. Airplanes are so popular with kids, including my own! I’m sure other parents relate. There is something magical about flying through the sky to kids even if they have never been on a plane. So today are learning how to draw a basic, commercial-style airplane! It’s going to be FUN designing your own plane. It’s elemental to transportation, especially if you want to draw more fleets that dominate the sky, this is the best airplane drawing tutorial to start for young kids.


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🖍️ Tools For Success

🎨 Parents: The only tools you need to use these how-to-draw tutorials are: an eraser, a pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.

Step-by-Step: Draw an Airplane

Yes, there’s a lot of airplane types out there from cargo, seaplanes, helicopters, to other military-style planes. But by far the most recognizable airplane for most people is the long, narrow commercial planes we see flying, oh so often, in the sky.

  1. Outline the airplane’s top cockpit by drawing a long horizontal line with a short curve on the left end;
  2. Then draw a c-shaped airplane nose connected to the cockpit. Stretch the horizontal line under the nose to sketch the plane’s underside. 
  3. Draw a rectangular wing adjacent to the airplane’s body. The part of the wing that is closer to the body has a larger width than the farther part.
  4. Then, complete the airplane’s body by drawing a horizontal line from the wing to the body’s end. 
  5. Repeat the step in doing the airplane’s wing to draw the tail at the end of the body, but draw a smaller one.
  6. Then, add another wing beneath the airplane’s body and parallel to the other wing. The right-wing should appear shorter than the left-wing. 
  7. On top of the airplane’s body end, draw another rectangular tail. This is bigger than the first tail but smaller than the wings.
  8. Lastly, draw the rectangular windshield in the flight deck and five small circular windows on the body. You can add more windows and even a center body door for accuracy if you would like.
  9. Before we fly with our airplane, let’s color it with a light grey and bright red tail, but you can choose the color of your own!

Commonly, airplanes go with the official colors of their airline. Or sometimes they have a whole body decal to promote as ads. It’s 100% up to you!

We didn’t draw the engine propellers typically under airplane wings but if you want to be more accurate, feel free to add two cylindrical drums to the underside center of each wing!

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Interesting Facts About Airplanes for Kids

  • A Boeing 787 Dreamliner was certified in 2014 to last fives hours in flight even if after one of their engines happen to go out.
  • Wright Brothers – Orville (August 19, 1871-January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867-May 30, 1912) designed and constructed the world’s first operational airplane in 1903.
  • The black box, sometimes referred to as the Flight Data Recorder, is painted bright orange so when a crash happens, it’s easier to recover in the debris.
  • Aircraft air is considerably drier than any on Earth you can encounter; that could be why airplane food tastes particularly bland.
  • A plane from Singapore Airlines completed the world’s longest non-stop flight by operating from Singapore to New York. In 17 hours and 25 minutes. This aircraft traveled 9537 miles.
  • To save passengers, an inventor engineered a plane with a detachable cabin…although modern research has shown it’s not as effective in rescues as one would believe.
  • There are 5,000 airplanes in the sky over the United States at any point in time, according to the FAA, and more than 8,000 flies around the globe.
  • The biggest airplane in the world weighs nearly 600 tons, empty! It’s called Antonov An-225 Mriya, a cargo ship.
  • The Australian carrier Qantas has never seen a fatal crash involving ANY of their passenger planes, despite being in service for almost a century. It’s currently Australia’s most popular carrier.
  • The safest seats on an airplane are those at the back of the plane. Those sitting in the back had a 28% death rate in event of plane mishaps. In the case of a collision, the place near the tail of an airplane is the best place to be.
  • The world’s longest runway is the ‘Qamba Bamba’ Airport in Chengdu, China. And it’s 5.5. In length, kilometers.
  • A long-distance commercial airplane flies between 31,000 and 38,000 feet above.
  • Airliners are manufactured by 2 major manufacturing companies – the biggest 2 in the entire world are Boeing and Airbus. They are fierce competitors with each other.
  • A drone is very much like an airplane but by definition, unmanned aircrafts controlled remotely qualify as drones.
  • Planes have wings shaped distinctly to help them combat the effects of gravity on the plane. This shape is called the airfoil (aerofoil) shape.
  • “Chicken gunning” is what airliner manufacturers do to test safety, this means they throw already dead chickens/bird props into the front of the plane to see impacts in the case in real life, a bird accidentally hits the plane it won’t impact the plane or endanger passengers.
  • Airplanes (like the Boeing) requires about 50,000 gallons of fuel to get a full tank.


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