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Hi there, Little New-Yorkers! When you struggle, when you fall down–what do you do next? Do you pick yourself off, dust yourself off, and put the pieces back together? That’s just what the character in our story this week does after a particularly big, particularly famous fall. This week for Little New-Yorkers @ Home, we’ll be reading After the Fall: How Humpty Dumpty Got Back Up Again, written and illustrated by Dan Santat. Meet Humpty Dumpty who sat on a wall and who had a great fall. Then find out who Humpty becomes after the fall. Afterward, create a special paper airplane like Humpty Dumpty’s craft from the story.
Speaking of fantastic flying aircraft reaching new heights, check out this toy airplane from the New-York Historical Society collection!
How high do you think this special airplane can fly?
Do you think this toy would have helped Humpty Dumpty face his fear of heights?
Do you have any toys in your home that help you feel safe?
Join us and create your own flying aircraft inspired by Humpty’s creation. Let’s get flying!
Follow along with this post to create with us at home and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 p.m. where we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook, all from the comfort of your living room.
- Printed airplane template (Print Template Here)
- Something to draw with: colored pencils, markers, crayons
- Optional: cardboard for reinforcing if not printing on cardstock
*A note on supplies: If you don’t have exactly the supplies listed, improvise! These projects are designed to be versatile, so feel free to use whatever materials and tools you have at home. And if your final product looks different than what you see here, that’s wonderful!
STEP 1: Color in the pieces of your airplane
Using your drawing tools, color in your airplane’s body and wings, and make it your own! We were inspired by tropical birds in our color choices
STEP 2: Cut out airplane pieces
Using scissors, carefully cut out the body, wings, and tail pieces of your airplane.
STEP 3: Glue to cardboard to reinforce *feel free to skip this step and the next if using cardstock or a heavy-weight paper
To make sure our airplane would hold its shape, we chose to reinforce the pieces with some light cardboard from a seltzer box (cereal boxes would work well too). Glue your cut paper pieces to the cardboard.
STEP 4: Cut out reinforced pieces
Using scissors (grownup help may be needed for the thicker material), cut out your reinforced pieces. Now you’re ready to put it all together!
STEP 5: Cut slots for pieces to fit together
Carefully cut along the dotted lines to create slots for the wings and tail to fit into.
STEP 6: Attach pieces
Slide the wings and tail through the slots into the body piece.
STEP 7: Let it fly!
Now your creation is ready to take flight! Zoom it around your home and see how far it can soar!
We hope you enjoy this activity! Share your creations in the comments below and during our online sessions of Little New Yorkers @ Home Tuesdays and Fridays at 3:30 pm. See you then!
by Olivia Sweet