Wright Brothers Day Kids’ Craft: Make an Airplane

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December 17th marks Wright Brothers Day. Celebrate this very special day with a few flight-themed activities that the entire family can enjoy. Read picture books about the history of flight, make paper airplanes, and try this airplane art project. Your creative kiddo can let their imagination run free, designing their very own plane to magically ‘fly’.

Not only will this project help your child to learn about flight, but it also includes a simple science lesson too! Start by reusing an old cardboard box (look for one that’s large-sized, such as an appliance or electronics box). Talk about how reusing an existing box is an eco-friendly alternative to buying new art supplies.

Materials You’ll Need

  • A cardboard box
  • Scissors
  • Tape (masking or packaging)
  • Markers or crayons
  • Poster board paper

How-To Steps

  1. Open the box at the top. Unfold the flaps on the sides to create wings. If the wings aren’t long enough, have your child cut new ones from the poster board. Tape these to the sides of the box.
  2. Decorate the outside of the box. Your child can use markers or crayons to draw the decor.
  3. Create a control panel. Again, your child can use markers or crayons to draw this. Draw the control panel on the inside of the box or on the front box flap.

When the airplane is complete your child can get inside, take off and ‘fly’ away!




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