Whether teaching kids about airplanes at home or in school, be sure to include a few craft projects to allow for some hands-on learning. Take crafting beyond making basic paper airplanes and allow the children construct their own planes and decorate them using various craft mediums, recycled items, and even a few edible supplies.
Decorate a large cardboard box to look like an airplane. Use construction paper, paint, paper plates and aluminum foil to create wings, wheels, a steering wheel, and even headlights. Make sure the box is large enough for your child to sit inside so he can “fly” his homemade airplane.
Create a craft the kids will want to eat when they are through. Use Smarties, in the packaging, as the body of each plane and then lay a stick of gum across the top of each roll of Smarties, to create wings. Slide a rubber band through the holes on two Lifesavers to make wheels and then wrap the rubber band around the body and wings to keep the airplane together until the kids are ready to eat the high-flying treat.
Make a piece of decorative kid’s bedroom decor. Ask the kids to create several small paper airplanes using decorative origami paper or patterned scrapbook paper. Make a cross with two wooden dowels and tie them together with string. Hang the airplanes from the dowels at different lengths using fishing line or clear thread.
Craft Stick Plane
Stack craft sticks on top of and across each other to create an airplane shape. Place a line or dot of liquid glue in between each of the sticks to adhere them together. Let the kids paint the airplanes in their favorite colors and then decorate them with glitter, sequins or buttons.
Plasti Foam Airplanes
Recycle leftover plastic foam trays to use for making airplanes that the kids can fly. Cut a plane body, wings and propellers out of the plastic foam and use glue to adhere the pieces together. Let the kids decorate the planes using markers, crayons, stamps or paint.
V. L. Hamlin is a freelance writer residing in upstate New York. She graduated from the State University of New York at Delhi in 2000 with a liberal arts degree and concentrated studies in literature and psychology. She has been writing online since 2006 and is currently a freelance writer for Associated Content and Demand Media.