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Preschool Activities With Plane Cutouts

by Crystal Bonser

Airplane cutouts can be used as tools for developing preschoolers' motor skills, eye-hand coordination and creativity. An endless variety can be found online, and many are free to print. Whether your are folding your cutouts into 3D airplanes or using them for arts and crafts projects, your preschooler will never run out of ways to play and learn with them.

Paper Airplanes

Paper airplanes are not only amusing to preschoolers, but folding and flying them also helps strengthen their eye-hand coordination along with a variety of motor skills. Preschoolers can be taught how to fold basic arrow-shaped airplanes, or an adult can fold more advanced models for them to play with. Set up a mock racetrack for paper airplane races and experiment with different models of airplanes folded out of various types of paper to see how the different shapes and weights affect their flight.

Airplane Mobile

Help your preschooler make an airplane mobile using folded paper airplanes or cut-out airplane images. Begin by having your preschooler decorate six paper airplanes. Once she is finished, punch a hole in the top center of each airplane and tie a different length of string to each hole. Assemble the mobile by tying the free end of each string to the bottom of a coat hanger or any other object you'd like to use as a structure. Display your preschooler's mobile outdoors, near a vent or in a high traffic area of your home. The air flow will cause the mobile to move, making the airplanes look like they're flying.

Airplane Memory Game

Stimulate your preschooler's mind and build his concentration skills with an airplane cutout memory card game. Begin by printing out two copies of eight different airplane designs. Then, cut 16 pieces of cardstock slightly larger than your largest airplane design and glue each design onto a piece of cardstock. To play, shuffle the cards and place them face-down in four rows of four. The game begins with your preschooler flipping over two cards. If they match, she sets them aside and flips over two more. If they do not match, he flips them back face-down and chooses another two cards to flip over. The game continues until your preschooler successfully matches all eight sets of cards.

Airplane Puzzle

A basic puzzle is a stimulating activity for preschoolers. It helps them develop their eye-hand coordination as well as their concentration, fine motor and problem solving skills. Make a puzzle with an airplane cutout by gluing it to a piece of cardboard and cutting it into four to six squares. Then, mix the pieces up and have your preschooler try to put the pieces back together.

About the Author

Crystal Bonser has been working as a freelance writer and editor for an educational website since 2009. She is also the creator of a pet-loss website on which she facilitates weekly grief support groups. Bonser holds a Bachelor of Social Work and a minor in psychology from Ryerson University.

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