Toilet Roll Airplane Craft

Our little spitfires were made during our busy VE Day celebrations, using toilet rolls and a bit of scrap cardboard.

You will need:

  • One loo roll
  • Cardboard
  • Paper fastener
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors or scalpel
  • Paint

First things first you need to cut your wing, propellor and fail shapes out of some scrap card. I used a template to do this.

Then score some horizontal lines in to your roll to slot the wings and tail in. I checked everything fit together at this stage, the marked the spot for the tail piece to slot in vertically before making another small cut.

I used a paper fastener to secure the propellor to the circular piece of card and then used masking tape to attach this circle piece to the loo roll, making sure that everything rotated well.

I gave Arlo all the pieces and a selection of green and brown colour paints to go wild. He really nailed the camouflage print without me even helping!

We went off out for a walk leaving everything to dry before coming home to assemble all the bits.

It’s as simple as that! Here’s a little 15 second video tutorial:

Beautiful Butterflies

We are working on crafts inspired by the classic Eric Carle book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” whilst also watching our insect lore caterpillars grow, so craft projects such as this help to reinforce the life cycle of a butterfly learnings and help with other important eyfs skills.

You will need:

  • A4 Card stock (not paper).
  • Paints
  • Brushes
  • Scissors

This is a super simple activity and requires minimal prep. Fold a piece of A4 cardstock in half and then cut out the shape of a butterflies wings.

I did this for Arlo because his scissor skills aren’t quite there yet, but you could draw or an outline for older children to follow.

Once you’ve cut the wings you should be able to open the card and have the basic butterfly shape.

Mum tip: if you aren’t confident with getting the shape then google and print out a template to follow.

Then let the kids go wild with paints on one half of the inside of the butterfly. This is one situation where more is more with the amount of paint.

I always make at least 2/3 templates for craft activities and sit alongside Arlo so that he can copy me because he tends to have his own “expressive” ideas as soon as he sees paint, but loves to copy me step by step and then tell me his is bigger or better.

Once you have enough paint splodged on then you need to fold the butterfly wings together, and press all over the outside…. smoothing and smudging helps the paint to spread and create a great effect.

Then carefully peel apart the wings whilst the paint is still wet to reveal the colourful patterns.

You can make a small hole and use pipe cleaners to make antennae. Just like on the egg box caterpillars

Egg Box Caterpillar

You will need:

Egg boxes (the long ones which hold a dozen eggs)

Red, green and yellow Paint

A purple Pipe cleaner

In keeping with our Very Hungry Caterpillar theme because we are watching out insect Lore Caterpillars grow bigger – we tried some more craft activities today.

I’m hoping that Arlo is learning to understand the life cycle of a butterfly with all of these activities and they each present the opportunity to practice dexterity skills and inspire a love of literature too.

This is really simple – all you need to do is cut the egg boxes in to a long piece and then let them loose with a tray of green paint.

We used two shades of green and the yellow at first to try and imitate the beautiful illustrations from the book.

Add in red for the head towards the end to avoid the inevitable brown splodge effect and save some yellow to dab along the back too.

The antenna are made from one twisted pipe cleaner poked through a hole in the top of the head.

For the eyes I painted a piece of white card yellow and cut these out to stick on later.

It’s as simple as that. We chose to sit at the kitchen table with our pet caterpillars and the book, right next to the fruit bowl and we were talking about the book, and all the colours as we painted.

I was planning to save the butterfly craft activities for when ours emerge from their cocoons but Arlo decided he absolutely needed to make butterflies too and so we did a quick activity straight after this with our paints too.