Test pilots at 7 (start 'em early)
We turned into "test pilots" and gave our airplanes a test flight. Some flew beautifully and others not so much. ( Mine flew off to the left and did a nosedive. Alas.) The girls took their airplanes home, and I thought about adding paper airplanes to the "curriculum". Once we talk about why planes fly, we could fly our own planes and try to understand why they fly the way they do.
Summer Fun tip: Hiller Aviation Museum is having a Paper Airplane Workshop on July 12. John Collins is world distance paper airplane record holder and a master paper airplane builder, and he will be demonstrating his designs. Highly recommended!
The great inventor, Monsieur Pitot
The pitot tube thus leads to a conversation about Inventors. What is an inventor? Who can be an inventor? What is an invention?
Sometimes kids get it right away, and sometimes not. I find that parents make Safetypants Day so much better because they become fascinated too. And they always know just when to jump in with a tidbit that helps their kids understand the world just a bit better than I can explain. They share in the joy of finding things out as a family, and the kids find even more joy in learning. And they teach me how different kids learn, so I can explain it that much better next time.
So ends a day full of laughter (seriously, our cheeks hurt) and discovery. Plus two of the kids invented the "Safetypants Dance" which (sadly) there is no video of. And I got my first "Thank You" card. So I have that going for me.
Next Day at the Airport: June 29. Few slots available so RSVP soon.