Kid’s Craft: Flying Aces — 3 ways to make airplanes
Birthday parties are a great time for a craft. Crafts help with hand-eye coordination, are good ice-breakers, reinforce sharing and allow guests to be creative while making their own party favor.
If you want to have a high flying party, try these simple projects that will have imaginations soaring. Offer one or more of the options depending on skill level, or even give guests a choice as to their preference.
- High-quality copy or scrapbook paper
- Jumbo (5 7/8-inch x 11/16-inch), mini (2 ½-inch x 3/8-inch) and standard (4 7/16-inch x 5/16-inch) size wood craft sticks
- Foam Sheets
- Cellophane tape
- Markers and stickers for decoration
- Write guest’s name on paper.
- If using copy paper, allow guests to decorate one side as desired.
- Fold paper in half, lengthwise blank side up — decorations/printing will be on outside of finished plane.
- Open paper flat and fold top two corners in to meet center fold.
- Take outside points and fold in to meet center fold.
- Re-fold at center.
- Fold bottom points down to meet center fold.
- Fold same points upward to meet the fold you just created.
- Bend the last two folds back out to 90-degrees.
- Tape nose together, if desired.
Allow guests to experiment with folds to create individual planes.
- Give each guest four standard, two jumbo and two mini craft sticks to decorate.
- Write guest’s name on one jumbo stick.
- Glue the standard size craft sticks together along edges to form a square — this is the body of the plane — and let dry.
- Glue the jumbo size craft sticks on opposite sides of the body about ½-inch from one end. Let dry
- Glue mini size sticks to other end of body. Let dry.
- Cut the following pieces out of foam per plane: One 3-inches by 6-inches; two 1-inch by 6-inches; and two ½-inch by 3-inches. This can be done ahead.
- Write guest’s name on one of the 1-inch by 6-inch pieces.
- Allow guests to decorate all their pieces.
- Roll the 3-inch by 6-inch piece into a cylinder and glue edges together. Let dry.
- Glue the 1-inch by 6-inch pieces on opposite sides of the cylinder about ½-inch from one end. Let dry
- Glue ½-inch by 3-inch pieces to other end of cylinder. Let dry.
For an additional activity, set up a race to see whose plane flies the furthest. Test with the different types of planes and have fun.
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