Review of Guillow's Foam and Balsa Wood Gliders

I remember playing with gliders when I was a kid; they were one of the few toys I could afford with a little pocket change, and you could spend all day outside with them in the yard.  My boys were fortunate enough to try out an assortment of Guillow's Foam and Balsa Wood Gliders last weekend, when we had a nice day with little breeze.  They are still enjoying these planes!

First, assembly was fairly simple.  The foam ones took less work than the balsa wood ones.  In fact, one of the balsa wood gliders was missing notches to place pieces on, but my boys just used some creativity to make slits in the planes.  In the rare case that you find the wood hasn't been cut correctly, it's easy to fix it with a craft knife.

After they put the planes together (with little help from me), they were on their way to over 2 hours of flying!

Guillow's toy airplanes start at an affordable $1.79, meaning kids can still save their "pocket change" for an afternoon of fun.  Planes we received and enjoyed include:

The SkyStreak -- one of our favorites!

  • Sky Raider ($6.99) and Delta Dart ($3.99) - both foam models
  •  Jetstream ($3.59), Eagle ($1.79) and Sky Streak ($3.09) - made from balsa wood
You can find these kits at hobby shops and

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*Samples received to review.  Opinions are 100% my own.