Methods of transportation are often covered in the lower grades, including kindergarten. The teacher covers the different types of transportation available and the advantages and disadvantages of each. When covering aeroplanes, teachers can use different activities to help their students learn more about aeroplanes and integrate them into their play, which many children use as a means of learning.
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Making a paper aeroplane is an easy process most young children can master with a little practice and guidance. Give each student a square piece of paper. Fold the paper in half vertically. Reopen the paper. Fold each of the top corners down toward the middle line to create a point at the top. Fold the creased edge on each side down toward the middle line. Turn the paper over and fold it in half at the centre line the opposite way it was folded initially. Fold down the two sides to create wings. A small piece of tape across the wings can help hold the plane together. The kids can then decorate the plane with crayons and markers.
Help the kids create their own airport. Use small toy aeroplanes as the aeroplanes for your airport. Use building blocks from the play area to make a runway. Lay two or three rows worth of blocks together to make the runway. They can use more blocks to create an air traffic control tower as well. Show the children how an aeroplane must drive down the runway and build up speed before it takes off. Have the children practice take-offs and landings with the planes.
Kids enjoy pretending to fly themselves. Place a board across two wooden boxes or chairs. Glue or tape a paper or cardboard propeller to one end of the board. Use cardboard to create a steering wheel and dial panel to attach to the front of the board as well. Students can take turns sitting at the front of the board with other children behind them, pretending to fly the plane. Children can make up destinations and pretend to travel all over the world.
The students can make their very own airline and simulate real airline flights. Arrange the student's chairs in two rows, leaving space for an aisle between. Set up a curtain in front of the chairs and create a cockpit in the front for students to pretend to be the pilot. Some of the students can pretend to be flight attendants, delivering pretend food and drinks to the rest of the class, who will serve as passengers. Children can take turns at each of the roles.
Kindergarten children are just beginning to read and many of them are excited about reading. Pre-cut aeroplane shapes out of construction paper or poster board. Allow the children to cut a strip of paper to serve as a banner for the plane. Give each child one of the pre-cut aeroplanes and a piece of pipe cleaner. Have the children glue one end of the pipe cleaner to the back of the plane cut-out and the other to the back of the banner. Students can then decorate their aeroplanes and banners any way they would like and have a bookmark to use as they improve their reading skills.
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