This little craft is one of the first crafts I made for this unit because it’s incredibly simple but oh so rewarding. This sweet craft encourages your Lil’ to use their creativity and their engineering skills which is a major win in my books, plus when they are done they will have an awesome little plane to play with! This is one of the few engineering projects that Rea hasn’t deconstructed shortly after creating it.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Engineering

  • Construct models to represent their imagination and objects in the world
  • Build using a variety of materials in both conventional and unconventional ways
  • Use tools with appropriate safety and purpose

Visual Arts

  • Use a variety of visual art materials (paint, markers, crayons, clay) with minimal adult assistance

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinate the use of hands, wrists, and fingers to complete tasks that require more precise movements
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination with increasing accuracy

Required Materials

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*Scissors

*Craft Sticks

*Clothes Pin

 

*Hot Glue Gun

*Hot Glue

*Washable Paint

*Paint Brushes

Step #1
Use a hot glue gun to glue a full craft stick to the front end of a clothes pin.
Step #2
Repeat this step on the bottom of the clothes pin so that the two craft sticks are parallel to each other or stacked on top of each other.
Step #3
Cut a craft stick in half.
Step #4
Use a hot glue gun to glue on half of the craft stick to the back of the clothes pin.
Step #5
Repeat this step on the bottom of the clothes pin so that the two smaller craft sticks are parallel to each other or stacked on top of each other.
Step #6

Paint the little airplane that you have built.

Teacher Tip

Hot glue guns should ALWAYS be used by an adult. Lil’s can help place materials on the glue, but should not use the glue gun themselves.

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