Aviation Activities for Kids

Up, Up, and Away Rally

Host an Up, Up, and Away Rally and invite your friends over. Make paper planes or fancy flyers; the only rule is they must really fly! How many fancy planes or flying machines can you invent?

How to Plan an Up, Up, and Away Rally

What You'll Need:

  • Construction Paper
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Drinking Straw
  • Large Trash Bag
  • Hula Hoop
  • Marker
  • Duct Tape

Step One: Make a few fancy flying machines for your rally.

Step Two: Try making a Baby UFO. Cut 2 strips of construction paper, one 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches and the other 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches. Make both into a loop. When you make the loops, overlap the ends 3/4 of an inch.

Step Three: Tape the ends of the strip on the inside and on the outside. Insert the ends of a drinking straw into the space between the overlapping ends. Fasten the straw to the loops with tape. Hold the UFO horizontally, with the small loop in front, and toss.

Step Four: Make a Mama UFO. Cut along 1 side of the trash bag, and open it up. Lay the hula hoop on it. Trace around the outside of the hoop with a marker.

Step Five: Cut out the circle. Tape it to the hula hoop with duct tape. Fly it like a giant flying disk!

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