Aviation Activities for Kids

Stable Airplane Mobile

A Stable Airplane Mobile stands firmly on the ground.
A Stable Airplane Mobile stands firmly on the ground.
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When you make a Stable Airplane Mobile with your kids, you'll create a monument to flight that's rooted on the ground. A stable mobile doesn't need to hang from the ceiling. These planes are in the air, but they won't fly away.

How to Make a Stable Airplane Mobile

What You'll Need:

  • Plaster of Paris
  • Small Can
  • Wire Coat Hangers
  • Origami Paper
  • Paints
  • Paintbrushes
  • Chenille Stems
  • Thread
  • Glue

Step One: Prepare the plaster of Paris. Fill a can with the plaster, and, while it is still wet, stick 2 curved pieces of wire coat hanger in it to set.

Step Two: While the plaster is drying, fold 8 small airplanes from the origami paper.

Step Three: Paint the outside of the can after the plaster has hardened.

Step Four: Tie 2 chenille stems together with thread to form a cross, and repeat for another cross. Tie the crosses to the coat hangers. Glue thread to the airplanes, and tie them to the chenille stem ends.

Step Five: Place your mobile near an open window or on an outside table, and watch your airplanes fly!

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