By Tamisha Anthony
Hello Little New-Yorkers! Follow along with this post to create your very own dove paper airplane at home, and don’t forget to join us live every Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm ET when we sing a special Little New-Yorkers hello song, do silly stretches and exercises, and read a storybook — all from the comfort of your home!
This week we are inspired by Shane W. Evans’ book We March as we celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and his legacy. We not only want to remember Dr. King as a spokesperson and leader for the civil rights movement, but for the beautiful, inclusive beliefs and compassionate words he shared. In this new year, let’s share hope, love, and kindness as Dr. King would have.
Today you can create a dove paper airplane! The dove symbolizes peace, hope, and love. Fly your dove airplane to share Martin Luther King Jr.’s words and send a little hope.
Download and print dove paper airplane and MLK Jr. quote templates.
- Something to color with: markers, pastels, colored pencils, crayons or a combination!
- Glue or tape
* 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 Martin Luther King Jr. quotes
Which Dr. King quote do you love best? Talk about love, dreams, and hope together. Using your coloring materials, color in at least one quote (or all four!). Have fun!
Try a combination of materials such as markers and crayons. Can you make a pattern? What colors make you feel happy or full of love? Try using those colors for these beautiful quotes!
STEP 2: Cut out the quote you like best
Cut along the black line around your favorite quote. You only need to cut out one circle to create your paper airplane. (If you want, cut out all four! You can share the extra quotes with someone you love).
STEP 3: Fold and cut out the dove paper airplane
Using a flat surface, carefully fold the paper airplane template along the dashed black line (the template should fold in half – “hot dog bun fold”). To make sure it is folded well, press along the fold with your thumb.
Then, cut along the black lines around your paper airplane, while folded (be sure to only cut along the outside edges, not on the fold). Once completed, you will have one piece.
Now, fold down your paper airplane wings along the dashed lines.
STEP 4: Glue or Tape dove paper airplane together
We are almost done! It’s almost time for your dove to fly.
Add glue (or tape) to the back of your favorite Martin Luther King Jr. quote. Press and hold quote to the paper airplane’s wings. Count to ten to make sure your wings stay glued together.
STEP 5: Extra fun!
Now your dove paper airplane is ready to soar. See how far it will go! Can you make it go across the room? Have a paper airplane race with a friend!
Thanks for following along. We hope to see you at Little New-Yorkers each Tuesday and Friday at 3:30 pm!