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Help your kid take off with this plane marionette craft. With plenty to personalize, it’s a great art activity that turns into a creative toy with tons of play opportunities.
Help your kid take off with this plane marionette craft. With plenty to personalize, it’s a great art activity that turns into a creative toy with tons of play opportunities.
What You’ll Need
  • Pencil

  • Cardboard

  • Long cardboard tube

  • Scissors

  • Cardstock (several sheets)

  • Glue

  • Corrugated cardboard

  • String

  • Tape

  • Needle

What to Do

1. Using cardboard and a pencil, trace around one end of a long cardboard tube. Cut out the circle and tape it to one end of the long tube. 

2. Cover the tube and circle with paper, leaving one end of the tube open.

3. Cut a propeller from cardstock. Glue it to the circle.

4. Cut wings from the corrugated cardboard. Decorate them with paper and glue them on the tube. (For a biplane, add another set of wings underneath, with cardstock struts between the top and bottom wings.)

5. Cut two pieces of cardstock for a tail. Cut a slot in one, and slide them together, making a plus-sign shape. Cut slots in the open tube end for the tail pieces to slide into.

6. For the handle, tightly roll two sheets of cardstock separately. Tie them together with string, forming an X.

7. Tie long pieces of string to three ends of the handle. Tape them in place. Poke the ends of two strings through the wings using a blunt needle. Knot the strings beneath the wings. Poke the third string through the airplane body near the tail. Knot it inside the tube. Slide the tail pieces in place, then take off! 

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As we approach the holiday season, what’s your kids’ favorite way to communicate with Grandma and Grandpa—whether or not they live nearby?
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