Cardboard Airplane

With the air show at our military base this weekend, I thought I would share one of our favorite airplane crafts.  It’s pretty easy but looks cute and is sturdy enough for kiddos to play with.  We actually got this one from Miss Lilly, our super fabulous art teacher with our local parks and rec department.  I also had us make these when we hosted for our military moms playgroup.  And I included some other airplane ideas too.

Supplies: cardboard, paint, pipe cleaner, foam circles, elastic string, glue, hot glue, other decorations (sequins, jewels, stickers, etc.)

The directions really are pretty self-explanatory.  Just cut out the airplane and wings using the stencil included.  I used a piece of a cereal box to make the stencil when I had to cut out a bunch.  For the airplane, we used thick cardboard without writing on it from an old box so that it would be nice and sturdy.  I assembled the plane pieces ahead of time and the girls painted them (well, parts of them).  Then we glued some jewels on the wings.

Airplane Template

We just glued the front wheel directly to the bottom of the plane towards the front with a big glob of hot glue.  For the back wheels, we punched a hole towards the back and ran a 2″ piece of pipe cleaner through it.  Then attached the other two foam circles.

The propeller is also a pipe cleaner.  We punched another hole at the front to run a piece of pipe cleaner through that tied two other pieces together so that they could all fan out into a propeller shape.

Finally the elastic cord went through the top and allowed the girls to bounce the plane around.


Looking for another cardboard airplane?  We also made this one too…  (well, by we I mean my husband).

Ed cut a cardboard box into an airplane adding wings and a propeller from other other cardboard boxes.  The girls had a blast decorating it.  When he attached it to their wagon they thought it very cool!

Although that later caused him to get this idea and now we have a rather large but super fun and awesome airplane!

Sorry, I just couldn’t resist including pictures of our airplane.  I’m so proud of my husband for making it, that I am sure it will make it’s way into other blog posts.  🙂


Zoo Bingo for Toddlers

We just had a fabulous day at our local zoo, Reid Park Zoo, checking out their brand new elephant exhibit, Expedition Tanzania.  For those of you who live in the area, it’s definitely worth a visit out there.  We loved seeing the baby elephants!  In honor of our visit to the zoo, I wanted to share our zoo bingo game.  It would also make a good matching game for children who aren’t ready for bingo.

I made bingo boards for us using pictures of the animals at our zoo.  While you are welcome to use our boards, I think the game is a lot more fun if you use pictures of the animals at your own zoo.  I got my picture off of our zoo’s website and their Facebook page.  But of course you could even take your own.

I made the board with only nine spaces and the girls only needing to get three in a row to “win.”  Since this was our first bingo game and they are only two I wanted to start small.  I also am starting with only nine animals so that all the animals are on every game board, just in a different position.  I didn’t think we were ready for the frustration of looking for an animal that’s not on their board.  My plan is to make more game boards as they get bigger or board with the game and add in more animals.

For our bingo markers, I just used circles I cut with my scrapbooking tools, but you could also use pennies or just squares of paper.  And I thought it would be cute to have ZOO at the top over the columns, but didn’t do that with mine because we’ve been practicing spelling our names and I knew that Mia would be very disappointed to see all the boards with basically Zoe’s name on them.  But if you don’t have a Zoe (or only have a Zoe) you could put Z-O-O over each column to make it more like Bingo.

To call out the animals, I printed an extra game board and cut out the squares.  Then we draw the animal cards out of the bag.  And of course, I laminated the call out squares and the bingo boards so they’ll last longer.  I also printed them out on cardstock to make them stronger.

So far, we’ve had a lot of fun playing the game and the girls get to practice taking turns and following the rules of the game. We also talk about the animals while we play–where they live, which is bigger, what they might eat, how the mamas take care of the babies. And I like that they can start to see the connection between the words and what they represent.

Here are our animals boards: Zoo Bingo
You can also generate bingo games here; however, for this activity I personally prefer to have real pictures of the animals as opposed to the clipart. And like I said, I like it being the animals that we actually see.

Of course I need to include some pictures from the zoo…

And here are some of our favorite books after a visit to the zoo…

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