B-52 Bomber from Recycled Materials

One of our favorite places to visit is the Young at Art Museum @youngatartmuseum. It’s a great place for interactive and creative activities for kids of all ages.

One of our favorite places to visit is the Young at Art Museum @youngatartmuseum. It’s a great place for interactive and creative activities for kids of all ages.

He loves airplanes and loves to make them every chance he gets and with anything he can find.✈️Here’s his B-52 bomber he made from recycled materials. As we were leaving the museum one of the attendants asked him to explain what he made. After he told her that it was a B-52 bomber with gunners, engines and cargo space she asked if she could take pictures of his B-52 to show others and her friend who builds airplanes ✈️ 📚📸Proud Mommy Moment✨This is going to be an awesome summer and can’t wait to see what else he creates.

Once we got home he wanted to build a runway with for the plane to take off. The plastic table cloth used for the arts and craft table and his coloring pencils ended up being the runway and the guide path for the plane to travel through. I don’t know how he comes up with these ideas but it’s going to me a busy and creative summer.

Details below on how to make the B-52 Bomber. ✈️💥✨

Making B-52 Bomber

1 – Empty 2 Liter plastic bottle soda bottle
2 – Empty 16 or 12 ounce water bottles
2 – empty glue stick containers
1 – roll of scotch tape
2 – sheets of recycle paper from magazine cover or paper with that texture or thickness.

Directions:

  • Place the 2 -liter bottle on a table or counter
  • Cut the wings from the recycle paper (length of wings to your preference)
  • Tape it across the middle portion of the bottle with scotch tape.
  • Take the two 16 ounce water bottles and cut in two parts.
    • If you use the 12-ounce bottles then cut about ¼ inch off from the bottom and use the remainder for the engine.
  • Use the top of the bottle to tape under the middle of the wings
  • Use the two empty glue stick containers and place on the outer area of the wing to the left of each engine.
  • Have the open portion of the glue stick positioned to the rear portion of the plane.
  • Cut 2 pieces of paper 2’ x 2’ and tape them to the left rear and right rear of the body of the plane.
  • Cut 1 piece of paper 3” long by 2” wide.
  • Make a cut of 2” in the center of the rear tail of the bottle and tape the 3” piece of paper in the 2” open space.

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All the best until next time!

GenMom!

 

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Exposing Children to Arts

We love exposing our son to the arts and ways for him to use his imagination. Arts is an area of focus that seems to be underestimated in the value it brings to toddlers and young children in general.

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We love exposing our son to the arts and ways for him to use his imagination. Arts is an area of focus that seems to be underestimated in the value it brings to toddlers and young children in general. It encourages self-esteem, imagination, creativity, logical thinking and self-expression. Art can be a way of expanding literacy and comprehension and improve overall development and ways of children to use in expressing themselves.

In addition to scheduling time for our son to have arts and crafts activities at home we intentionally seek out opportunities to him to be exposed to art in other environments. There are lots of events in our area that are free, some that have minimal costs and some that may have membership fee requirements. We cover all the choices for him to be engaged in those activities and the one that has been most beneficial is the membership we have with the museum. The main benefit we love with the membership is that he can visit the museum 2-3 times a week and he can’t get enough because there are always new exhibits monthly.

He is able to use his imagination in and engage in some of the following creative ways: Ride a subway, design toys, animals or structures out of recycled materials, visit a cave and discover a dig in ArtScapes. Problem solving in water flow at the water table, play drums in kaleidoscope designed room that spins around, STOMP to the rhythm, build sand sculptures and recycled puppets in GreenScapes. Learn about faraway customs in CultureScapes. Explore the world of Alice in WonderScapes. He is able to create a masterpiece in every gallery.

We encourage our toddler to be interactive when we visit museums, art displays or read books that are from far off places and tells stories that they would not encounter in his environment. We are patient with him and allow him to make up his own stories based on what he interprets the visual means to him. Thought it is very hard, we don’t critique his artwork and say they are wrong in what he is making. We expect it to be messy and plan on everything getting covered with whatever he is using. Whoever at Crayola came up with washable paints and other washable coloring tools deserve my gratitude and a raise.

All the best until next time.

GenMom!