Wednesday, June 5, 2013


Craft Stick Airplane

Making these little airplanes was as much fun as playing with them--and each child's airplane was wonderfully personalized!

We talked about inventions with our airplanes and based them (loosely) on the Wright brothers first successful models.  You can use them in a transportation unit, a history unit, or just for fun!

Simple Supplies:

  • 8 1/2 craft sticks
  • glue (I used hot glue, but you can use Elmer's if you and your children are more patient!)
  • paint

Easy How-To:

1- Assemble the airplane.  Follow the directions in the image below:

2- At this point, several of our airplanes disappeared outside for some serious sand-box acrobatics.  They came back looking like the first image in this post!  The kids had a blast, and the planes were easy enough to dust off and paint.  Of course, I gave the children the option of painting or leaving them as they were, and they all wanted paint.  So, the next step is to paint them!  I let them work on a paper plate, but if your work surface is safe the plate is not necessary.

That's it!  Enjoy your masterpieces!

Happy educating!


Unknown said...

I love it! Hopefully I can get my little guy into it too! May be a good dad project.

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Sarah, it would be so fun for a kid to do with his dad! The hot gluing part only took about five minutes...even with the kids helping! ;)

Jana from HowToRunAHomeDaycare said...

Pinned it! I love the idea of a Father's Day Activity. I"m going to send home the craft sticks and your instruction photo for my daycare kids Father's Day gift. A project for them to do together! what a great idea.
Thanks Carla!!

Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Jana, thanks for pinning it!! I'm so excited that you'll be using it for Father's Day gifts!!

Unknown said...

Looks great! Pinning!!

HannahW said...

I wondered what happened in the first picture! Please come share with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!

Anonymous said...

So cute!! Thanks for sharing!!

Unknown said...

What a fun idea to share with grandkids. Thank you.

Unknown said...

Fun! Pinning this to do with my kiddo. Though his might end up being a train. :-)

The OT Toolbox said...

We will be featuring your post on a HUGE list of Rainy Day Summer Play activities on Share It Saturday this weekend! We will be sharing with all of our followers on our social media sites (including group boards and communities!!) Thanks for sharing with us at Share It Saturday!
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Carla at Preschool Powol Packets said...

Thanks, Meg!!

lol, Hannah, the sandbox will do it every time!

Thanks, Kristi!

Kaye, I hope your grandkids love it!

lol, Jessica, planes...trains...they're all fun!

Colleen, thank you so much! I love your Share It Saturdays!!