All Things Airplane includes art, crafts, activities, books and more that all feature airplanes!
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We’ve just finished “all things airplane week” and we’ve had such fun! F is always pointing out airplanes – often he can see AND hear them before anyone else. So this theme was perfect for him.
Airplane Art and Crafts
Making our own airplane was essential for this week – so in the end we made three types!
The first was using coloured craft sticks. We glued two together to make a fuselage (although more would be even better). Then we glued two more sticks together to make wings.
Then I broke the ends off a stick to make the tail fin. This left some slightly raw edges which I later went back and filed down. Of course, if you are planning this craft more than 30 seconds in advance then you could do this before you start! 😉 Then we glued the wings and tail to the fuselage. In the end we made several of these as they were so quick and easy – with F calling out the colours he wanted.
Our second type of homemade airplane used kitchen paper tubes, inspired by the book Cars, Trains and Planes. I cut out pieces of cardstock for the tail fin and the wings. I used a 1″ paper cutter to cut out circles of silver paper for the windows.
I failed to convince F to paint the kitchen paper roll as he didn’t understand that we would be making it into an airplane – perhaps I should have made example one in advance. So I painted it myself knowing that one day in the future he’ll be begging me to make something like this and I’ll make him do all the work! 😉
After the paint was dry, we glued on the windows, tail and wings.
F investigated the finished plane and evidently decided it was a cargo plane, because he loaded some of his cars inside the tube!
For our last type of homemade airplane I cut out shapes from some white craft foam. It made a fairly good plane but I thought it should be heavier.
Then I remembered a post from Crafty Journal where she used styrofoam to make airplanes. So I made myself order in some food so that I would have a takeout container. The things I do in order to get some craft materials…
After washing the container (it hadn’t been in contact with meat) I cut the airplane shapes out from the styrofoam and constructed the plane.
I gave F some stickers to decorate both foam planes and he only wanted to use the ladybug stickers.
We tried flying the “bug plane” inside and then took it outside.
It didn’t fly particularly well (my husband says it needed more weight on the nose) but it didn’t matter to us!
Using an airplane-shaped sponge we made some prints.
This comes naturally to F whenever we are outside. Or by a window. Or in a car. We can often see three at one time when playing at the water table on our deck.
I made some airplane-shaped toast for F this week!
I printed some airplane pictures for F to colour from DLTK.
Note: Sorry if these just look like scribbles – but I am definitely starting to see signs that he is contemplating colouring within the lines!
We also tried out a page from our Melissa & Doug Paint with Water book.
Airplane Kindle Apps
This is a really simple app that just shows photos of different planes with accompanying noises. It’s free but it didn’t impress me that the noise didn’t match the plane type.
Trains, Planes & Sea Vehicles
The free version of this doesn’t have any plane puzzles, they are in the upgrade that currently costs $1.99. My son finds the first four puzzles in the free version pretty easy, so we may upgrade at some point.
We’ve had this app for over six months and it is still a favourite. It features a wide range of games with different modes of transport. It also has cute music and is great value!
We have quite a few airplane books! Here are our favourites.
Planes by Byron Barton
This was F’s first Barton book and it is so well loved that it has had to be repaired many times! Very simple, with eye-catching illustrations and straight-forward text.
Airplane Flight by Susanna Leonard Hill
I bought this for a recent transatlantic flight and other than being bigger than I imagined, it was perfect for F. Nice story, lots of “lift the flap” action, and bright illustrations (although not very accurate, according to my husband).
A Day at the Airport by Richard Scarry
We are just getting into this book right now. The pages are crammed full of busy pictures, text, and labels. So much to find!
Amazing Airplanes by Tony Mitton
I am such a huge fan of this series of books; the words and rhymes flow so nicely. I also love how safety issues and an explanation of how planes can fly are worked seamlessly into the story.
Little Airport Sticker Activity Book by A G Smith
Not really a book as such, but it is super cheap from Amazon right now and I added it to my cart one day. It has 30 reusable stickers so that you can create an airport scene. Simple but easy to pack!
ON an airplane
We have travelled transatlantic with F on five return trips – all in the first two years of his life! It definitely hasn’t been easy, especially the time I had to take him on my own. He doesn’t sleep very much (the flight is 7-9 hours) and he is more than a little reluctant to be strapped in. But we are finding it slightly easier as he gets older.
He can watch the TV, but can’t listen to it as he won’t wear headphones. His love of the Kindle has been quite a help, so I always make sure it is fully charged and has his latest apps on it. The photo on the right is on an internal flight within the UK – he’d just turned two and they wouldn’t let me take his car seat on board!
I also make sure I am absolutely laden down with snacks, as that seems to be more needed than a range of toys. I take a few books and recently some magnetic games. We also need activities while waiting for the flight, this is F playing with his Face Parts Game in the airport lounge.
On our last flight (within the US) he totally understood that the stuffy vibrating room full of seats he had to sit in for hours was actually an airplane. So that really helped. By the time we fly with him again I think he’ll be even better – especially after this airplane-themed week! AND this time I think we’ll get him his own wheelie case – so he can drag around his own stuff!
Here are some other great airplane craft ideas from around the web:
Printable Airplane Craft from Learn, Create, Love
Lotion/Shampoo Bottle Airplane from Vila do Artesao – the blog is in Portuguese but you can get the idea!
Aviation and Airplanes for Kids from Nate and Rachael – a great introduction to flying, aviation and aerodynamics for kids
Paper Airplanes from Learn~Play~Imagine – lots of experiments here to learn from
Things That Go – Airplanes from the Good Long Road – they had an airplane week too!
Airplane Watching from The European Mama – talk about where airplanes are going with your kids
Airplane Block Play from A Little Learning for Two – some fun creative play
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