DIY Airplane Wings for Creative Play

The holidays are upon us, and just like in years past, we’ve battled colds and the flu…again and again. Thank goodness for this opportunity from Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. My big kids were able to use the #PlanesToTheRescue #CollectiveBias campaign to bring some Disney Planes cheer to their siblings.

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

The poor little ones have been hit the hardest with this flu, while big brother and sister have won their own battles quickly. And, since our littles are in love with the characters from Disney Planes, probably because the Planes movie was their first-ever time at the drive in over the summer, the big kids had such fun with this.

We’re working hard to raise our kids to be kind, and to know that kindness starts at home. So, since their 5 year old sister and almost 2 year old brother were feeling down about missing some holiday fun we’d had planned, the big kids and I decided to make some Disney Planes fun for them to have right at home.

First, we headed to Walmart to get a few Disney Planes toys that the little ones could use in their Disney Planes-inspired fire and rescue sensory bin. Several of the toys are on Rollback right now, which means you can get some super toys for the Planes movie lovers in your life. We saw the Disney Planes Flight to the Finish Speedway Rollback to $24.97, Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Deluxe Talking Vehicle Assortment Rollback to $19.97, Planes Character Assortment die-cast set and the Disney Planes: Fire and Rescue Character Assortment die-cast set both for $4.97.

We settled on the Disney Planes Fire & Rescue Die-Cast Vehicles, 3-Pack Rollback to $14.97 and a few other accessories to make their sensory bin extra fun. We also picked up some aluminum foil, duct tape, and red electrical tape for the surprise we planned for the little ones.

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

My kids – big and small – enjoy imaginative play, which is crucial to developing them into creative and critical thinking adults. With that in mind, the big kids grabbed some cardboard boxes we had from all the holiday deliveries, and broke them down so that they each made a long, continuous stretch of cardboard.

I freehand drew the outline of airplane wings and cut out the cardboard for the big kids. Since that task was a challenge for me, I knew that they would struggle with it. Then, the big kids wrapped the cardboard wings in aluminum foil.

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

They secured the edges, and smoothed them out, with the silver duct tape and decorated the airplane wings with red electrical tape and sharpie markers, and I added arm loops with that same duct tape.

Since fevers had been cooled for awhile, and the little ones were looking for an activity that got them moving, we called them into the kitchen to test out their wings. The little Disney Planes fanatics were so excited! They each grabbed one of their new Rollback toys, and flew around the house with their Planes movie friends, putting out fires and saving the world.

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

And the big kids jumped into the fray, becoming falling trees blocking paths to safety, and damsels {and cars} in distress whom my littlest Disney Planes needed to rescue.

We ended the afternoon by popping some popcorn and watching the Disney Planes movie all together, while my 5 year old declared her brother and sister the best ever.

Seriously – if you have Disney Planes lovers like me, make these wings. They’re really easy, use materials found around your house, and can brighten up even the most dismal day. How fun is it to become an airplane?!

Disney Planes Movie Inspired DIY Airplane Wings

When your kids have been sick, and they have to miss fun holiday get-togethers, do you do anything special to make them feel better at home? Share your stories in the comments. I’d love to hear what you’ve done in the past.

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