I love it when a home-learning topic provides inspiration for a craft activity. Sophie has recently been learning about Amelia Earhart, the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She already knew a little about Amelia Earhart thanks to an episode of ‘Go-Jetters’ and enjoyed learning more. We decided that it would be fun to bring her home-learning to life with a little craft session, making clothes-peg planes together.
These clothes-peg planes are simple to make, although adult help will be needed to cut up the craft sticks.
You will need:
- A clothes peg
- 4 craft sticks
- 2 matchstick-sized craft sticks
- 2 small buttons
- A brad (or another small button)
- Paint or paint pens
1) Cut one of the craft sticks into two equal pieces and trim the blunt end to make it more curved. Trim the curved end off another craft stick and discard. Cut two smaller pieces from the remaining length of craft stick, each around 2.5cm long.
2) Paint the craft sticks and clothes peg with paint or paint pens and leave to dry if needed.
3) Glue the two full-length crafts sticks to the top and bottom of the clothes peg at the front end (the end that opens).
4) Glue the two half-length pieces of craft stick to the top and bottom of the clothes peg at the back end.
5) Turn the clothes peg upside down and glue the two short pieces of craft stick to the sides of the clothes peg, just in front of the longer pieces of craft stick.
6) Glue a small button at the top of each short piece and leave to dry.
7) Glue the two matchsticks crossing over each other and leave to dry.
8) Wrap a brad around the crossed-over section of the matchsticks. Alternatively, you could glue a small button over the crossed-over part instead.
9) Turn the clothes-peg plane over and glue the matchstick propeller to the front. Leave to dry. Your clothes-peg plane is now finished!
We painted our planes yellow in honour of Amelia’s first plane, which was nicknamed ‘The Canary’ due to being bright yellow. Other than cutting up the craft sticks, Sophie was able to do this craft by herself, although I did help her with wrapping the brad around the matchsticks as this was quite fiddly. Using a small button instead would make this part a little easier.
Sophie was very proud of her finished plane, although was a little disappointed that it didn’t actually fly! That’s a craft challenge for another time!