Our boys really wanted to read books on planes and flying, so we went to the library to find some. Quickly it turned to how planes were used during the wars. Though we borrowed many books on different types of war planes, we also borrowed some to read about planes in general. As the Wright brothers were very knowledgable in this field, we also borrowed a few books on them and how they became interested and flight and what they were able to achieve in this field.
The first activity we did, was to decorate some foam planes. I had purchased a foam plane kit from a cheap shop a little while ago. We got it out and the boys built the planes and then painted them in military colours.
We also made some planes from paddle pop sticks and pegs. First we painted all the wooden pegs and paddle pop sticks in the military colours and then we glued them together. One paddle pop stick at the back end (the open end of the peg) for the tail and then, two paddle pop sticks at the front of the peg (the closed end of the peg), one on the top and one on the bottom. We made many planes of all different sizes.
Finally, we used our foam military planes in a Plane Target Game. I had purchased a double waterside from Kmart for $3 ages ago and have had it sitting in the box in the spare room until now. We opened it up, taped on some marker lines and numbers before taking turns to see who could earn the most points.
The boys had a great time trying to beat each other’s scores. Once writing down the results of the flights, I showed the boys how to record these in a graph.
When we had finished racing the planes, we started researching the Australian Airforce. We found some fun interactive games on the Australia Airforce page as well as a fun printable colouring book that also contained some great activities. You can find some great activities on For Teachers For Students as well.
You can find many more crafts and activities on my Airplane Pinterest Board