Children Age 2+ will enjoy playing with these (if you are careful to make the wings even on either side, the airplane will really fly). But to MAKE the craft, children should be Age 4+ as it requires a bit of dexterity.
You don't have to paint yours pumpkin orange... I had the letter "P" on my
mind when I was making this so we made the Pumpkin Plane. If you painted it an
olive green color, I think it would look like a military plane.
NOTE: you can't paint styrofoam with tempra paint or washable markers. It doesn't cover well and it will flake off when it's dry. Acrylic paint or permanent markers work well, but most of us don't want our kids using them. The solution I've come up with is to have the girls assemble the craft on day 1. In the evening, I paint the craft with white acrylic paint (you can buy it for less than $1 at Walmart or the craft store and it will work for many crafts). It dries overnight and in the morning the girls can paint over it with tempra paint or color over it with Crayola markers!
AN ALTERNATE IDEA TO PAINTING: I printed the template and traced
it over discard paper (junk mail). Eric colored the paper templates and then glued
them on to the Styrofoam templates (a very thin coat). We only did the top of the wings
and tail that way, but both (2 paper templates) sides of the airplane body. It works and
don't have to mess around with the acrylic paints, etc. Four of them would make a neat
large mobile as well.