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November is Aviation History Month. While teaching kids about aviation history, enrich their experience with airplane crafts.
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Paper Roll Airplane
Kids love paper roll crafts. They are usually simple and versatile. Instruct your kids to paint or color the paper roll. For smaller planes, use a toilet paper roll or cut a paper towel roll in half. For larger planes, use the entire paper towel roll. Remind the kids that too much paint will make the paper roll soggy so only use a little bit of paint. After the paint dries, glue the tubes together so that one is perpendicular to the other. Then, split the tail end with a pair of scissors. Add a strip of paper as shown in the photo above. You might have to glue or paper clip the strip of paper in so that it stays in place while in flight. If weather permits, take the kids outside to enjoy their planes.
Laundry Pin Airplane
Get out the Play-Doh and allow the kids to craft their own planes. They can mold and shape small planes, large planes, various shaped planes and unusual planes. Don’t expect aerodynamically correct planes. Allow the kids to use their imaginations and create whatever sort of plane they want. The purpose of this activity is to enrich their aviation history experience and develop small motor skills as they work.
Field Trip: Air Show
If possible, schedule a field trip to an air show. The kids can see the planes in motion. They might even get a chance to climb on-board a grounded plane and learn about the inside and how pilots fly planes.
Read Books about Planes
This one should have been at the top of the list! Read, read, read. Go to the library, download books on your eReader devices, iPads, etc. Find all the books you can find about airplanes and read them with your kids.
Obtain the old fashioned pre-wrapped Smarties candies, sticks of gum, Life Savers or any kind of mint with a hole in the middle, and a rubber-band. Glue the gum stick onto the Smarties candy so that the two snacks are perpendicular to one another. Then run the rubber band through the Life Saver holes and wrap them around the candy as shown in the photo above. Secure the Life Saver wheels in place by hooking the rubber-band around the ends of the gum-stick as shown.
Give the children crayons, pencils, colored pencils, pens and a lot of paper. Allow the children to draw planes. Allow them to use their imaginations and draw, draw, draw.