Airplane Small World Play

This airplane small world is a fantastic activity that allows children to play with planes and helicopters from a new perspective. They can pretend to soar the planes through the air, take them on adventures and imagine all sorts of storylines about where they could be flying to and what they see along the way.

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The small world is a very simple set up which will take less than 5 minutes. All you need to do is find a blue piece of material, in our case it was a blanket but it could be a play silk, a towel or even a dressing gown - anything will work!

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The clouds are just cotton wool balls spread around the base and then all you need to do is add your toy planes and helicopters.

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An optional addition is to add the tops of mountains or even houses to add to the bird’s eye view effect. We used Grimm’s green pebbles to represent the tops of mountains.

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We see helicopters flying over our house most days during Family Day Care so the children have been interested in helicopters and planes for a while now. This activity allowed them to explore their interest while we played inside and the children who had been on planes were able to tell the others about what it is like.

Early Years Learning Framework

Outcome 4 - Children are confident and involved learners

4.1 - Children develop dispositions for learning such as curiosity, cooperation, confidence, creativity, commitment, enthusiasm, persistence, imagination and reflexivity

4.4 - Children resource their own learning through connecting with people, place, technologies and natural and processed materials (Extended Version)

This Activity is for:

  • Children who have recently been or are going on an airplane

  • Children who enjoy spotting planes and helicopters in the sky

Encourage children to:

  • Use their imagination to create stories with the planes and helicopters

  • Think about what people could see from the plane, what houses might look like

  • Share what they know about planes and helicopters

  • Ask questions

  • To play collaboratively with others

Extend on this by:

  • Using technology to look at the view from a plane in the sky. Watch videos on YouTube of planes taking off, flying and landing from the pilots and passengers points of view.

Simplify this by:

  • Using white cardboard cutouts of clouds instead of cotton wool for younger children.

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