Airplane Crafts for Children

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Airplane Crafts for Children
Spend an afternoon making toy aeroplanes with your child. (aereo di carta image by DGAETA from Fotolia.com)

Children find crafts dealing with transportation particularly interesting since their new craft suddenly becomes their new toy. Airplanes fascinate many children, and aeroplane crafts suits the needs of younger children as well as older. Older children can add more detail to aeroplane crafts to mimic different types of aircraft. Help your child make a foam aeroplane, a box aeroplane or an aeroplane mobile for an afternoon craft.

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Foam Airplane

Recycle pieces of styrofoam or tops of egg cartons to make a foam aeroplane. Cut out a template of an aeroplane body, wings and tailpiece from pieces of junk mail. Trace the template onto styrofoam, and then cut out. Assemble by slitting the body to insert the wing piece and the back to insert the tailpiece. The pieces may fit tightly when you assemble but will make your craft last a long time. Give your foam aeroplane a coat of white acrylic paint and let dry overnight. Decorate your foam aeroplane the next day with markers and stickers to give it a realistic look.

Box Airplane

Find a large box that your child can sit in. Remove the top flaps that close that box. Cut the two longest flaps into wings by rounding out one edge of each. Paint them to resemble aeroplane wings. Attach them to the front two sides of your aeroplane. Make two paper plates look like wheels and attach them below the two wings. Draw a propeller on the front of your aeroplane and attach a cardboard tube with a brad to make a captain's steering stick inside the front of your new aeroplane. Use a shoebox to make box aeroplanes for other toys to fly.

Airplane Mobile

Use an empty, clean soup can to make an aeroplane mobile that sits on the table. Prepare some plaster of Paris and pour into the can along with two wire coat hangers curved to hold your mobile. Allow the plaster to dry. Fold eight small paper aeroplanes out of coloured paper. Paint and decorate the soup can with aeroplane designs to make your aeroplane craft more attractive. Take two chenille stems and tie together with thread to make a cross. Attach it to the end of one of the coat hangers. Repeat with two more chenille stems and the other coat hanger. Attach your eight paper planes to the ends to the chenille stems with thread. Place your mobile near a small fan to see your aeroplanes fly.

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