Airplanes are exciting machines for toddlers, and if you have a trip coming up you can really build familiarity and excitement with a focussed airplane tot school.
You can introduce the concept via books and then introduce this interactive play.
Here are seven easy airplane tot school ideas to engage your child’s mind while doing these fun coloring and craft activities.
7 Airplane Tot School Ideas
1. Airplane Glueing
- Construction Paper
- Glue Sticks
Precut the construction paper into tail wings, wings, and the fuselage.
You can then step back while your toddler starts gluing these together to form the shape of a plane.
2. Airplane Color Matching
- Clothes Pins
- Washi Tape
- Colored Craft Sticks
This is a clever little trick that uses clothing pins, and craft sticks.
You can start the activity off with some painting if you don’t have colored pins and sticks, or just use the washi tape. This opens things up for your toddler to practice their colors.
When ready to start assembling the plane shapes you can simply glue the craft sticks at both ends of the pins as wings.
3. Small Airplane Coloring
- Printables from RoyalBaloo
This one is a much simpler out of the box solution.
A coloring book, or printable can be used with smaller plane shapes ready to be colored in.
For some additional learning opportunities, you can specify the color for each plane if it is not included on the printout already.
4. Large Airplane Coloring
A larger printable can incorporate some letter recognition activities as well as the coloring in.
This is another quick and easy option.
5. Airplane Dot Markers
- Dot Markers
This activity required much less precision. Use the larger dot markers to color the plane prints.
You can either just let your toddler play around with the colors, practice verbal instruction for each color, or if you are ambitious try and get some pattern recognition.
6. Airplane Building
- Clothes Pins
- Jumbo Craft Sticks
- Craft Sticks
- Paint + Brushes
If we are looking to get a bit more crafty, this activity includes the painting of multiple different components prior to assembly.
It may not make a lot of sense at first, but as the shapes come together with our help the plane replica will become recognizable.
This one is an interesting journey for your child in making something from nothing.
7. Airplane Stickers
- Airplane Stickers
You can jump from the stickers to coloring in depending on what your toddler likes to do.
This is a nice and simple activity with everything available off the shelf.
Getting on an airplane for the first time can be a big deal for a young child. Are they going to be scared, or excited?
A day playing with and learning about airplanes could be what wins them over to the latter. And if you have ever flown with an unhappy child you will know the value of this!
Plus, planes are awesome….