Things You'll Need
- 16-oz. soda bottles, 3
- Duct tape
- Plastic hanger
Nowadays you can easily drop hundreds of dollars in your local toy store on the latest games and gadgets for kids. However, showing children how to make their own homemade toys not only saves money, but teaches kids a valuable lesson: they can utilize self-empowerment and self-sufficiency to create their own toys. Kids need to learn that they are not dependent on huge manufacturers or sleek toys for entertainment. Creating a toy airplane out of materials found around the house is a good way to demonstrate this idea.
Rinse out all the plastic bottles so that they are clean. Allow them to air-dry. Cut the labels off of each bottle.
Place two bottles side by side so that they are touching. Wrap several long pieces of duct tape around them so they are securely in place next to each other. Twist or snap the hook of the plastic hanger.
Place the middle of the plastic hanger on top of the two bottles. The bottom of the hanger should be 3 inches away from the bottom of the soda bottles. Tape the bottom of the hanger firmly in place. The sides of the hanger that jut out from either end of the soda bottles will act as the wings of the plane. Wind duct tape around these wings.
Place the third soda bottle on top of the hanger and in the middle of the two soda bottles underneath the hanger. This third soda bottle should be exactly in line with the two soda bottles beneath it.
Take the hook of the hanger that you snapped off and tape it to the top of the mouth of the third bottle. This will act as a back wing. Your plane is ready to fly or float.
Lane Cummings is originally from New York City. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in dance before receiving her Bachelor of Arts in literature and her Master of Arts in Russian literature at the University of Chicago. She has lived in St. Petersburg, Russia, where she lectured and studied Russian. She began writing professionally in 2004 for the "St. Petersburg Times."