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Mini-lessons

Childrens science activities in our Science of Flight activity book are an introduction to how and why things can fly through the air.  Our activity book contains 15 mini-lessons. Here is examples of some of the information covered in the mini-lessons. Kids build a plane using 2 strips of paper and a straw. They learn about thrust and lift in this lesson.  Students learn helicopter blades give vertical life when they spin. They learn about Newton's Third Law of Motion when they do the Traveling Balloons activity. Each mini-lesson in the book includes an important science concepts about flying objects.

Kids science activities

Our Science of Flight activity book contains kids science activities that follow the mini-lesson. Examples of some of the fun activities in the book include Loop Airplanes, Traveling Balloons, Flying Sticks, Sunny Day Kite, Foam Flyers and Flying Polygons. 

Students who do lots of science activities while learning basic science concepts continue to love science as they mature. Science should always be fun and exciting for young students and our kids science activities are designed to keep kids interested in science.

The materials for each of the activities in this book are usually found around the home, in a classroom or at a local store. The author’s goal was to create an activity book about flight that contains activities that are easy to do with a minimum of materials.


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Childrens science activities

Childrens science activities for early elementary students need short lessons with an activity that demonstrates a basic science concept. For example, if students are given six sticks to throw they will find they do not travel very far. After they weave six large craft sticks together they can increase the distance the sticks will travel because of lift and thrust.

The lift is produced by the air flowing beneath the flat sticks woven into a mat. The thrust for the Flying Sticks is produced when a student holds the woven mat parallel to the ground and moves their arm forward as they flick their wrist. They quickly learn the more thrust they produce when throwing the sticks the further the Flying Sticks will travel.

Physical science activities

There are lots of physical science activities and other children's science activities in our Science of Flight book that are appropriate for PreK – 2nd grade students. Students learn about thrust when they create a mini-rocket on a string. They thread a straw through a string and attach an air filled balloon to the straw. Two students hold the ends of the string so it is tight. The third student is in charge of letting the balloon rocket go by releasing the air in the balloon. The air rushing out of the balloon provides the thrust for their mini-rocket.

Other children's science activities include building mini parachutes that float through the air carrying a payload of pennies. Here is a link to create an Origami Boomerang on You Tube you might enjoy making.

Paper plane activities

Kids love to build paper airplanes and fly them. There are directions for creating two different paper airplanes in our Science of Flight activity book. Both paper airplanes take only one sheet of paper. The directions on how to build a Stealth paper airplane is a classic lesson when teaching childrens science activities to early elementary students.


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