Ready to take off? Fun activities for aeroplane buffs!

Posted by Menaka Raman on March 05, 2016

How do Aeroplanes Fly? by Aditi Sarawagi and Lavanya Karthik is a book that will give a child's imagination wings! 

Sarla wished she could fly high like an eagle or like an aeroplane. Of course you can fly, said her new teacher. Sarla shares all that she has learnt about flight and aeroplanes in this delightful book. 

ACTIVITIES

Cargo Planes

(Source: http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/77853/stem-paper-airplane-challenge)

Resources

  • Construction Paper

  • Cellotape

  • A handful of coins of different sizes and weight

  • A doorway

  • Whistle

What to do

  • Ask each child to create a paper aeroplane using the YouTube tutorial shared here:

https://youtu.be/qhuRw88A-8c

  • Once their plane is ready ask them to stick coins of different size and weigh to it using tape (this is why you need to use construction paper and not regular A4 paper)

  • Decide upon a start line and mark it with masking tape or even a long rope. Make sure it’s opposite a doorway!

  • Ask the children to line up together at the ‘starting line’.

  • When you blow the whistle they all launch their planes.

  • The plane that glides the farthest wins!

Straw Rockets

(Source: http://lifeasmama.com/10-rainy-day-activities-your-kids-will-love/6/)

Resources

  • Drinking straws

  • Paper

  • Glue or cellotape

  • Scissors

  • Crayons or markers.

 

What to do

  • Cut down pieces of paper and decorate to your desire.

  • Then lightly fold around the end of a straw and tape the paper together (not to the straw) like a cap

  • Then just blow! Kids can see how far each can blow their rockets or come up with their own games.

Target Practice

(Source: http://lifeasmama.com/10-rainy-day-activities-your-kids-will-love/7/)

This is a variation of activity 1, but a little more tricky!

Resources

  • Paper

  • Large sheet of thick board paper.

  • A doorway

  • Whistle

  • Scissors

  • Masking tape.

What to do

  • Cut out different sized holes on the board paper and hang it over an open door using masking tape

  • Ask children to line up at a pre-determined ‘starting point’ with their paper aeroplanes.

  • Blow the whistle. Kids must try and get their planes through the holes on the board sheet!

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Go the distance with these fun measurement activities!

Posted by Menaka Raman on March 02, 2016

How Far is Far?

If you thought your friend's house on the other side of town was far away, you have clearly not read this book. Climb the Magic Math Ladder to get from where you are to the top of Mount Everest, to Kashmir, to the moon, the Sun, and ultimately, to the edge of the Universe, which is very, very, VERY far away indeed. Ready, steady, go!

ACTIVITIES

Use Your Body

Resources

  • A Metre scale or strips of newspaper cut and taped together into meter long strips

What to do

  • Find something long to measure. It could be a boundary wall, the length of garden pathway - anything you like!

  • First ask the children to lie down head to toe, one after the other along the length of the item and find out how many ‘children’ it takes to measure the wall.

  • Next, ask them to measure the same distance with their metre long strips of newspaper.

  • What’s the difference in the measurement? Talk about how it’s important to have a standardised unit of measurement!

Globe Guesstimate!

Resources

  • Globe

  • Google

Ask the children to pick any two places on the globe and guesstimate how far apart they are. Then use Google to find the correct answer.

The closest guestimates win a prize!

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Where do you come from?

Posted by Menaka Raman on March 04, 2016

 

Where did Your Dimples Go

Langlen has curly hair like Appa and a cleft chin like Imma. It makes her wonder why brothers and sisters, or parents and children look alike. Is she just a collection of traits, then? So many questions, but Imma and Appa have all the answers. 'Where Did Your Dimples Go?' is a lovely book to introduce children to the concept of genetics and heredity.

Activities

Make Your Own Family Tree

(Source: Pinterest)

Ask the children to bring photos of their family members - siblings, parents, grandparents… may be even their pet dog!

Resources

  1. Printouts of family tree template Click here for a template.

  2. Glue stick

  3. Colour pencils

What to do

  • Children can stick their family members in the family tree template and colour it in.

  • Afterward they can study each other’s tree and decide who they look like, or perhaps older children can discuss who they take after in their family.

What would happen if a..

Resources

  • Paper

  • Pencils

  • Colour pencils/sketch pens

What would happen if a monkey and a giraffe had a baby together? What traits would it inherit from both its parents? Draw the results - which we promise will be hysterical!

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