Fly High In The Sky!

For our science and sensory explorations this month we are learning about air power. There are few things children love more than paper air planes, and this is an easy way to explore how air can make things move. Paper airplanes can be adjusted to any age and skill level and parents can have just as much fun as the students!

Materials:

  • Paper
  • Wide Open Outdoor Area

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—The child can decorate a piece of paper any way they choose then the parent will fold it into a plane. Have the child throw it normally then against the blow of the fan. Talk about the difference.
  • Three-year-olds—Help you child fold their own airplane! It may not look great or fly straight but, your child will have so much pride in the work they completed on their own. Fly the planes together.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Have your child look up some plans for how to fold a paper airplane or watch a YouTube video. Ask your child about their process and how far they think it will fly. Use fan to see if you can make the plane fly further. Discuss how the wind and air affected the plane.

Skills Supported: Explore how it looks and feels when air moves, Fine motor skills (folding), vocabulary building

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