Taping a couple of plastic spoons and pieces of a paper plate together help you create a dove that flies similar to a paper airplane. This dove craft helps teach kids about aerodynamics while you celebrate holidays, such as Christmas or Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. You keep your kids entertained for part of the afternoon while the children get to practice their cutting and taping skills.
Setting up the Materials
The flying dove craft requires some simple materials:
- 2 white plastic spoons
- 1 paper plate, plain white
- Rubber band
- Small pebble
- Safety scissors
To prepare the paper plate, cut it in half. Cut one of the halves into equal thirds, so you end up with three pieces that look like small pizza slices and one half-circle.
Decorating the Dove
Doves are white, so using white plastic spoons and plates means the project doesn't require much decorating. However, a few key designs add character to the doves. Ask your children to take one spoon and draw eyes and a beak on the back of the rounded bowl area. They can also color the back of the other spoon's handle orange to simulate the dove's legs.
Assembling the Dove
To fly even a short distance, the dove needs a bit of weight. Adding the pebble between the spoons ensures the bird's nose holds the weight.
Holding the spoon that doesn't have a face on it, tape the pebble inside the spoon's bowl area, as close to the center as possible. Place the other spoon face down on top of the first one, so you can see the eyes and beak facing up. The bowls should be facing each other with the pebble in between. Secure the spoons together by wrapping a rubber band tightly where the spoon bowls meet the handles.
Turn the paper plate half-circle right-side up. The dove needs a tail, and taping one of the wedges to the half-circle fits the bill. Position the tail in the center the curved edge of the half-circle, taping the point under the half-circle's edge. The fluted edge of the tail should curve upward just like the edge of the half-circle.
With the eyes and beak facing up, tape the spoon handles to the back of the paper plate half-circle. The flat side of the plate should rest just behind the spoon bowls, and the spoons should be as centered as possible on the half-circle. It might take several pieces of tape to hold the spoons securely to the plate. When you look at the dove from above, you should see the head poking out from under the wings, with the tail centered at the back.
Throwing the Dove
Making the dove fly is part of the fun. Show your children how to hold the dove by the spoon handles, then gently toss the dove forward. This works best indoors where the wind doesn't interfere with the dove's flight.
If the dove doesn't fly as far as you think it should, try changing the pebble size.
Based outside Atlanta, Ga., Shala Munroe has been writing and copy editing since 1995. Beginning her career at newspapers such as the "Marietta Daily Journal" and the "Atlanta Business Chronicle," she most recently worked in communications and management for several nonprofit organizations before purchasing a flower shop in 2006. She earned a BA in communications from Jacksonville State University.