Kids love building model aeroplanes and other flying things. On the practical side, crafting small models helps youngsters develop fine motor skills. On the fun side, you can help even very young children make this quick and easy model aeroplane. You probably have everything you need for this activity in your home.
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Things you need
- Old newspapers
- 10 Popsicle sticks
- Waxed paper
- Paper plates
- White school glue
Cover a flat working surface with several layers of newspapers. Pour small amounts of red, blue and yellow paints into a paper plate. Lay the Popsicle sticks individually on the working surface. Have your child paint one side of 8 of the 10 Popsicle sticks. Paint 2 blue, 5 red and 1 yellow. Leave 2 of the sticks unpainted. Let the paint dry. Turn the sticks over and finish painting the other sides. Allow the paint to dry thoroughly.
Lay a 12-inch square of waxed paper on the newspaper covering your work surface so that the glue won't stick the aeroplane to it while you're working. Dab some glue on the side edge of one of the unpainted sticks and set it on the waxed paper. Press the other unpainted stick's side edge to the glued edge, even the ends of the sticks up, and gently squeeze the unpainted sticks together. This forms the bottom of the model aeroplane's body. Allow the glue to dry.
Put a spot of glue on the end of one of the red sticks. Stick the glued end to one of the glued unpainted sticks at a 90-degree angle, about ½ inch from one end of it. This begins the building of the wings. Repeat this with another red stick, placing it directly opposite the first red wing stick. Allow the glue to dry well.
Put a spot of glue on the end of another red stick. Flip it over and dab some glue on the left side edge. Press the glued side against the red wing stick on the left, with the glued spot on the end resting on the unpainted body of the plane. Put a dot of glue on another red stick. Flip it over and apply some glue to the right side edge. Press the glued side to the red wing stick on the right, and rest the glued spot on the end on the aeroplane's unpainted body. Try to keep the ends of the red wing sticks as even as you can. Let the glue dry.
Set the aeroplane down in front of you with the nose pointing away from you. The end closest to you will become the tail. Put a ½ inch wide spot of glue on the middle of the last red stick. Affix the glued spot on the red stick to the tail end of the aeroplane's body, leaving about ¼ inch of the end exposed. Allow the glue to dry.
Apply about a ½ inch wide spot of glue to the centre of the red wings, and another to the centre of the red tail stick. Put some glue on one side edge of a blue stick, and attach it to the top of the aeroplane directly above one of the unpainted body sticks, with the glued edge facing the centre. The stick should rest on the spots of glue on the wings and the tail. Place the other blue stick right next to this one, pressing its edge against the glued edge. It should also rest on the glued spots on the wings and the tail. This will create part of the upper portion of the aeroplane's body. Let the glue dry.
Run a trail of glue the length of the blue sticks right down the middle of them. Set the yellow stick on the centred glue trail, right on top of the blue stick body. Make sure the ends of the yellow stick are even with the ends of the blue sticks. This will complete the upper portion of the aeroplane's body. Let the glue dry thoroughly.
Tips and warnings
- Never launch any object, including this toy aeroplane by aiming it at another person or an animal, or at delicate objects.
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