Wright-Inspired Flyer

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After reading an informative article about the Wright brothers and the first flight, Travis was inspired to test out a poster board plane craft!

You’ll need a large piece of poster board for this project; ideally use two colors, but since I only had yellow, ours was a single-colored plane.

You’ll need to cut out five pieces: one that is 11 inches x 4 inches, two that are 9 inches x 1 inch, and two that are 4 inches x 1 inch. This was great measuring practice.

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Travis loved drawing straight lines along the ruler!

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Glue the 11 inch rectangle in the middle of one of the 9 inch rectangles. Glue one of the small rectangles at the top, as the nose of the plane. Let dry.

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Glue the second 9 inch rectangle on top, so that the 11 inch rectangle is now sandwiched between them, as the wings.

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Glue a craft stick lengthwise starting at the nose of the plane and add a large paper clip. Let dry.

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Cut a notch in the tail-end of the plane; glue in the final small rectangle, upright, as the rudder.

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Let dry completely. When it’s time to take flight, put a finger on either side of the craft stick, and launch!

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Veronika’s still a little too young to notice airplanes in the sky (it will be a few more months before those excited fingers point skyward every time a plane flies overhead!), but she’s just the right age to be a plane.

For some cute context, first we played with a small airplane toy.

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Veronika loved the propeller on this one!

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Then she got to be the plane. There are two ways to do this. If your baby still needs some support, lie on your back and hold him or her against your knees. Three, two, one… Lift off!

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She loves flying around up here.

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But her muscles are also strong enough now for liftoff right from mommy’s tummy. This time, I lay down with knees bent, but placed Veronika on my stomach and held her around the middle.┬áThree, two, one… She’s flying!

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As you fly your baby around, make lots of zooming airplane noises. You can also get silly: Sometimes I make the captain’s voice announce take off, landing, or even getting delayed, and lift her quickly back up and then down again for a false start. That last one always gets giggles.

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